At Sir Robert Geffery’s we have a knowledge-based curriculum that is delivered in a cross curricular way. In KS2 subject specialists deliver the curriculum in the afternoons. Maths is taught in sets across KS2 where four classes are organised into five sets, reducing numbers. In literacy in Year 6 children are divided into smaller groups. Talk for Writing is used within English sessions in Reception and KS1 and where appropriate in KS2 and the children have additional spelling and grammar sessions that support them to grow in confidence in their spelling ability and knowledge of grammar.
Bug Club Phonics is used in KS1 and Reception to deliver the daily phonics lesson and across the school the children have access to books from many different schemes. Reading is so important to all of us at Sir Robert Geffery’s – we love reading! Through Reception and Year 1, we ensure that children have one reading book that closely matches the phonics ‘sound’ that they are learning in class; another book which is at the book band that is ‘just right’ for their reading practice and a third book that they are able to choose for further enjoyment. When ready, during Year 2, children are moved onto the Accelerated Reader programme, which helps to continue to match their independent reading book to their reading ability and motivates them, in answering online ‘quizzes’ to develop and use their comprehension skills. Accelerated Reader counts the words children have read and many enjoy the rewards that come from it – we even have ‘millionaire readers’ and enjoy healthy competition between classes.
We are a learning-based community and teach learning skills. Lessons often start with a learning question which can include the learning ‘muscle’ we are using in the session (for example ‘collaborating’). Children use self-assessment and learning lines to reflect on their own learning and progress and they also practise having a Growth Mindset. Further information about what we learn and how we learn at Sir Robert Geffery’s is available from the school and is often shared on the newsletter.