Supporting Your Child
In addition to the information below, please click Curriculum to go to information about this term's curriculum.
Click on the following two links for information about helping your child to write - aimed at parents of children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2:
Letter to Years 5 and 6 parents - SOCIAL MEDIA - SAFEGUARDING
KS1 Reading Workshop - supporting your child
Phonics and Spelling
Please click here for the KS1 Spellings Update letter sent home on 11 February 2015
Please click here for the Phonics and Spelling presentation given on 22 January 2015 by Miss Aris
The spelling games are here.
Please click here for the presentation given at the Maths parent meeting re Calculation in February 2015
Please click here for a grid that outlines the calculation methods used in our Numeracy lessons, as set out in the National Numeracy Strategy. The chart provides a brief explanation of methods and gives an overview of how these methods progress between Reception to Year 6.
Although certain methods are formally introduced in particular year groups, some pupils will need further reinforcement, whilst others may be ready to extend their learning further, therefore it is important that this chart is seen as a guide rather than a set description of what all children will be learning in each year group. In addition to these written methods, it is important that the children continue to practise mental calculations and times tables. It is important that children are introduced to a variety of calculation methods and even more vital that they can explain the processes used for themselves, rather than simply learning a method by rote. The purpose of this gradual build up and extension of written methods is that pupils find methods that work for them. This, in turn, helps them to gain the confidence to experiment and enjoy working with numbers.
Please click here for the power point presentation from the Numeracy Information Evening.
I do hope that you will find the enclosed guide helpful.
Reading at Hamilton
In Nursery, the aim is to develop children’s interest in books and reading whilst building on emerging reading skills. Daily stories, group storytelling and discussion underpin all play activities in Nursery. Children are taught how stories are structured and become familiar with patterns in storytelling. Children are encouraged to use developing phonic understanding in preparation for moving up to Reception.
Daily phonics sessions taught using ‘Letters and Sounds’ provide the foundation for teaching reading in reception. Books without words are used to tell stories with pictures and children listen to a range of stories by quality, well established authors to encourage a love of reading. Children move on to segmenting sounds, blending sounds and learning High Frequency words. Daily guided reading sessions are supported by a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts and regular home reading is expected to support learning.
KS1 and KS2
Throughout KS1 and KS2, children are taught reading through discrete daily guided reading sessions and shared and independent reading opportunities. A wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts are used to support the teaching of reading both at school and home. In both Key Stages, ‘real books’ are used alongside established quality reading schemes. Each building at Hamilton Academy has a library that children use to access both fiction and non-fiction texts.
In KS1, daily discrete phonics sessions are taught using ‘Letters and Sounds’. This structured programme develops phonics knowledge in six phases and children are taught in small groups according to reading ability. This phonics knowledge is applied across daily guided and shared reading sessions.
In KS2, children who need further reading support in reading, receive further phonics teaching in small groups or on an individual basis.
All children are monitored by the class teacher and assessed using Assessing Pupils’ Progress documents (APP) for Reading. Home reading diaries are used by every Year group across both KS1 and KS2 and daily home reading is expected to support children in their learning. Key assessment questions are published in the diaries to support parents.