At Milton Abbot we provide a rich and varied curriculum, following the National Curriculum 2014 and EYFS Frameworks. We provide additional experiences and opportunties, for example Wild Tribe sessions capitalising on our fabulous outdoor learning environment and Health and Wellbeing Week where children consider what to do, how to do it and why to stay fit and healthy in our minds and bodies whether at home, school, at play or online.
To understand the National Curriculum changes, please download this useful guide to the curriculum.
At Milton Abbot School we teach Maths and English both as discrete subjects and linked with our half termly and termly topics.
Alongside the Curriculum objectives, we use the Babcock and Rising Stars Progression Frameworks to aid planning, progression and assessment in Maths, supplemented by our recent Times Table Olympics Initiative to help children develop automaticity and mastery of their times table and division facts.
In English, in order to help us meet the Curriculum Objectives, we use the Literacy Teaching Sequences provided by Babcock which we tailor to our cohorts of children and their interest levels. We have embraced the Talk for Writing concept, championed by Pie Corbett, which helps the children to internalise text structures, before being able to invent their own version of a fiction or non-fiction text. It also encompasses a variety of learning styles as children 'act out' and repeat the text by following a visual story map, exploring vocabulary and making use of props to enhance their understanding.
In our EYFS and KS1 Classes children follow a synthetic programme of phonics known as Letters and Sounds. This is enhanced by additional resources and reading books where necessary, for example the use of Floppy Phonics books, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree decodable books. At KS2, and for small group or individual interventions, we also use some of the Read, Write, Inc resources. Please visit the Oxford Owl website for some support ideas for both Maths and English.
For your information, your child may use a range of vocabulary when talking about their phonics learning, for example:
Blend (blending) this is when your child draws individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. h-e-l-p, blended together, reads help
Phoneme: the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters ‘sh’ represent just one sound, but ‘fl’ represents two (/f/ and /l/), There are 44 phonemes in the English language. Click here to hear how they sound.
Grapheme: a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, th, igh, ious.
Digraph: is when two letters make one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph.
Vowel digraphs are two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ie, oo, ai, ee
Across the school, we also teach separate handwriting, spelling and grammar lessons, as well as embedding these skills within all other subject areas wherever appropriate.
For age or stage appropriate resources which would help support your child's learning further, please visit your child's class blog site (links on classpages) or speak to your child's teacher.