At Smithdown we adopt a thematic approach to teaching and learning. We deliver the National Curriculum objectives through a range of topics that are designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. The topics have been carefully chosen to ensure the curriculum is appropriately balanced across each year and each key stage.
For more detailed information on the curriculum take a look at the curriculum maps for each year group below:
Curriculum Year Overviews
Year 1 Overview 2017/2018
At Smithdown we teach phonics by following the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. All teachers and LSA’s have received training and support on how to teach children Phonics effectively, so that all children make rapid progress through the scheme and can read with fluency by 6 years old. For more information about ReadWriteInc phonics please click the links below.
At the end of Year 1 all children complete a phonics screening check, during this check children are asked to read 40 real and nonsense words. At Smithdown the percentage of children meeting the expected standard has increased year on year.
Percentage of children working at the expected standard in Year 1