How we learn

Reciprocal Reading is a framework for teaching understanding in reading. It improves reading by teaching children strategies that they can use to help them understand what they are reading and can be used by children of all ability levels.

  • It encourages children to think about their own thought processes; helps children to be actively involved and boosts confidence; and is challenging and fosters a real interest and excitement for reading.

We teach maths calculations according to year group ability and the procedures outlines in the attached policy.

At Bloxham C of E Primary School we use the synthetics phonics programme ‘Read, Write Inc.’. Children begin phonics on day one in Foundation Stage and are taught daily in small groups. Alongside the groups, RWInc teachers will refer to the programme throughout the day, for example referring to a speed sound or green or red word at any given time.

At Bloxham, we run Talk for Writing as a way of delivering our writing curriculum. It was developed by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong, it is powerful because it is established on the core principles of how children learn.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children’s learning in maths is practical with hands on experiences. These experiences are routinely taken beyond the classroom for example: lengths of dinosaurs being measured on the playground; repeating patterns spotted on the paved areas and the making of compasses to support learning about position and direction.

Throughout the school we use Numicon and Numicon Smart Board software, a research-based resource which can enrich both teaching and learning.