Attention to detail is crucial when it comes to the curriculum across the school and it is the cornerstone of the work and play that is done by our pupils throughout each academic year.
At Oundle Primary School we believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.
We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. Your child will learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching begins from the very start in Foundation Stage and follows a very specific sequence. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. We also model these strategies within reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum.
If you are a parent and would like more information about how to support your child with phonics at home, please follow this link to find the Foundation Stage and Year 1 progression overview as well as useful videos of the sound pronunciations, letter formation sheets and other helpful resources.
At Oundle Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill. By the time children leave us, they should be confident selecting and reading a wide range of material and enjoy regularly reading for pleasure.
Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary and material. In Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, children read in adult guided groups from the Big Cats Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised scheme. These are all fully decodable books. Children progress on to our matched Accelerated Reading books as they develop fluency from the end of Year 2 onwards.
From Year 2 to Year 6, children are taught and modelled key reading strategies in our shared reading through the VIPERS reading domains approach:
Vocabulary - Find and explain the meaning of words in context
Inference - Make and justify inferences using evidence from the text.
Prediction - Predict what might happen from the details given and implied.
Explanation - Explaining the meaning, language, themes and content of the text
Retrieval - Retrieve and record information and identify key details from fiction and non-fiction.
Summarising - Summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph
The following links relate to our whole-school long term curriculum plans:
The following links relate to our individual subject long term curriculum plans:
French (Year 3 to Year 6)
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Physical Education (PE)
Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PSHE)
Science, History and Geography
It's also important to note the Curriculum Statement for the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust as well as the Curriculum Statement of Oundle CE Primary School. Our Teaching and Learning Statement is also recommended reading.
Other important policies and statements: