Approach to Learning
Our pupils are inquisitive, curious, ambitious, independent, creative and analytical; and enjoy their learning.
Thematic learning experiences are at the core of our curriculum where we develop the skills and knowledge of the foundation subjects. The core subjects are woven through these themes when they enhance the learning or they are taught discretely.
We create rich and memorable experiences through trips, visits and visitors into school to enhance our pupils learning. Research and learning at home are developed through our linked Knowledge Organisers.
Our curriculum will provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop a rich and deep subject knowledge, and understand the purpose and value of their learning.
We inspire our pupils to be ambitious. To identify their strengths and interests through engaging in an irresistible curriculum in preparation for their future lives.
We place a balanced emphasis across the curriculum valuing all subjects. We are a school that celebrates music, arts and sports alongside the core subjects.
Here at The Abbey Primary School we recognise that reading is the keystone of learning and therefore it is vital that every child becomes a reader. We do this by delivering a designated English lesson each day, in addition to daily Letters and Sounds Phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1. Letters and Sounds is designed to support early readers with phonic development and initial reading skills such as segmenting and blending, as well as comprehension.
Reading is taught daily through shared reading sessions, where children’s understanding and comprehension is assessed and developed through high-quality teaching and questioning.
All children at The Abbey have a reading scheme book and a reading record to take home. The reading books are carefully matched to each child’s individual reading ability and phonic phase if appropriate. As a school we use Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme alongside Pearson Bug Club Reading Scheme.
A love of reading is developed through the experience of high-quality texts from a variety of authors during English lessons, shared reading and use of the expansive school library.
There is a consistent approach to writing across the school through the applied principles of imitation, innovation and invention used in Talk for Writing and through the use of Drama for Writing. We also use Jane Considine’s principles of FANTASTICs to support writing. Throughout our school, we aim to nurture and develop independent writers through purposeful, engaging and developmental lessons which link to our thematic learning.
During our English lessons, we support our children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama; as well as non-fiction and media texts.
There is a consistent approach to handwriting across the school through the applied principles of Kinetic Letters.
The Abbey Primary School follow Letters and Sounds to teach phoneme-grapheme correspondence in EYFS and KS1. From Year 2, we follow the PiXL spelling programme to ensure that our children become competent and confident spellers, building on prior knowledge of spelling rules. Each spelling lesson is organised into four sections: 1) Explanation of the rule. 2) Examples of key words that fit the rule. 3) Opportunities to practise. 4) Further examples of commonly used words following the rule & some notable exceptions.
The teaching of maths is planned carefully to meet the needs of every child at The Abbey Primary School. Power Maths is used to support children to progress quickly and develop a mastery understanding of mathematical process.
Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement, as well as nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
Alongside Power Maths, other maths sessions are completed to build up children’s mathematical fluency and mental calculation. Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots is used daily throughout the school to support children with learning their number bonds and times tables. Children also have access to this at home via a login. Additional maths sessions also include: arithmetic, fluent in five and rapid reasoning.