We design learning experiences which build on the child’s skills and knowledge, challenge them to do their best and are likely to result in success.
Reading and Phonics
Pupils at Seabrook Church of England Primary School have the opportunity to develop their reading skills in many different ways across the curriculum. We recognise that children have different interests and abilities and for this reason we use a range of reading schemes including:
- Bug Club
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Floppy Phonics
All books are banded and children are benchmarked – this focuses on decoding and comprehension. This is a valuable process which enables staff to ensure that pupils are provided with appropriate challenge and support. It is important that you read regularly with your child
Phonics is an important skill which taught from the time children start school. It enables them to decode when reading and develop their spelling skills. At St Seabrook Church of England Primary School we use a scheme called LETTERS AND SOUNDS. At the end of Year 1 all pupils are screened using the DfE Phonics Screening materials. Any pupils who do not meet the required threshold will receive additional support and will be re-screened at the end of Year 2.
As a school we encourage each child to develop a fluent and cursive handwriting script. Our Handwriting Policy provides some useful tips on how to help your child with their handwriting and it also includes sample sheets of the letter forms and joins which we teach at school.
All children are individuals and as such present us with a wide range of learning styles, some learn well by listening, some by seeing things, and others need to physically do things to consolidate their learning. In our teaching we stimulate as many senses as possible to ensure all children progress in their learning.
Seabrook Primary School is committed to providing the full range of opportunities for all pupils regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social, cultural, or religious background. All pupils have equal access to the curriculum and the right to a learning environment that dispels ignorance, prejudice and stereotyping.
We think it is vital for all children to experience success in their learning, so we ensure they know exactly what we want them to learn and what a successful attempt will look like. Setting appropriate objectives and expectations helps children to achieve.
We provide a stimulating environment in which children can access the materials and information they need in their work, increasing their independence as learners. The result is that we have successful, confident learners.
All children participate in a small guided reading group led by their teacher or teaching assistant, at least once every week. Guided reading helps children to recognise and use the necessary strategies to become confident independent readers, and allows teachers to assess their progress.
Children at Seabrook are taught cursive letter formation from the foundation stage. This helps them to develop a ‘joined up’ handwriting style by the end of KS1.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school using the Kent Scheme of Work. Swordfish Class visited Canterbury Cathedral last year to enjoy the many activities of Cathedral Day.
Equality and Diversity
We believe that it is essential for children to develop an understanding of a variety of cultures. We aim to help children grow into adults who respect and care for all people.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children in the school are taught French. The school was awarded the Silver Kent Accreditation for our Modern Foreign Language teaching in April 2011.
As the school does not currently have the space for a computer suite, we have instead over 30 laptops that all the children can use in class for various aspects of the curriculum.