At Preston Primary School we are committed to providing our children with a broad and balanced curriculum which supports the development of key skills in reading, writing, communication and maths as well as preparing children for being lifelong learners in the 21st century and beyond.
Learning takes place through a range of adult led and child initiated activities, increasing in formality as our children progress through the school. Children are prepared to meet the expectations of national standards but this is not done to the exclusion of other subjects and it is part of our school ethos to keep the child at the centre of everything we do.
As we have mixed age classes, we meet the coverage requirements of the National Curriculum through the use of a two year rolling plan.
We are committed to uphold key British Values. Throughout the school, in class and as a whole school community we ensure that children have an understanding of the key British Values.
We believe that whilst children are learning to read they should also be learning to love books. Consequently we ensure that there are a range of whole school activities provided, such as Book Week.
Our pupils are taught to read through adopting a range of strategies to decode print. One of our prime approaches is the teaching of phonics, the breaking down of language into its component sounds. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme across Reception and KS1, extending the programme into KS2 where appropriate. Sessions take place daily for approximately 20 minutes.
Guided Reading is used across the whole school to teach children the knowledge, skills and understanding of reading in all its diversity.