At Donisthorpe, we have designed a curriculum that equips our children with the skills and personal qualities necessary to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. We will provide a curriculum which aims for all children to:
At Donisthorpe, we encourage a view of learning that will:
In addition, we guarantee that children will:
In EYFS and Key Stage 1
Phonics at Donisthorpe Primary School
Children in Reception and Year 1 follow ‘Flying with Phonics’. Flying with Phonics is a phonics programme developed by teacher, Mr McFarland (aka Mr Mc) with the theme of ‘flying’ “when we fly we are on our way”.
It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.
Our daily phonics sessions are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
Flying with Phonics is divided into three phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practice and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘super power words’ –words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
Reading at Donisthorpe Primary School
We use the Oxford Reading Tree. This provides a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.
We teach a wide range of nursery rhymes and songs and share a variety books with the children. This helps to increase the number of words they know, enhances their vocabulary and helps them talk confidently about books. The children also learn to identify rhyme and alliteration.
Boom shake the alphabet- Try it at home!