Reading and Phonics
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we teach early reading skills through phonics. All children start on the Dandelion reading books, which is a phonic reading scheme. We also read books from Oxford Reading Tree to develop children’s comprehension skills. All of our books have been organised into suitable reading material for specific ages and phonic stages.
Phonics is taught daily throughout key stage 1. We follow the government programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ and we use Floppy Phonics resources. This is the order that we teach the Letters and Sounds according to the National programme of Letters and Sounds.
Phase 2 – s a t p i n m d g o c k e u r h b f l
Phase 3 – j v w x y z qu ch sh ng th oa ai ee or oo ar oi ow ur er air ear igh ure
Phase 4 – blending and segmenting the letters and sounds
Phase 5 – alternative ways of representing the letters and sounds. For example, ai ay a-e
Please feel free to contact Miss Baines (English curriculum leader- KS1) or contact your child’s class teacher if you have any further questions.
At Manor Beach, we have a creative curriculum where we create different opportunities for learning. We have high aspirations for our pupils, and a creative curriculum allows them to ask questions independently, make connections between ideas, think creatively, challenge and participate effectively, and reflect on their learning.
Each class uses a creative curriculum but we also often have a whole school approach. We are lucky enough to have a sensory room in school, and once a term this is transformed into a creative learning environment. We have had a magical ‘Tooth and Claw Store’ in school, full of magical potions, inventions and even dragons!! The children gained so much from this experience and there was a definite magical ‘buzz’ around school as children were accessing different areas of the curriculum in a creative way.
The ‘Tooth and Claw Store’
In the autumn term we transformed the room into a World War One room, with a lot of WW1 memorabilia and even a trench!! It was a fantastic way for the children to learn about WW1 as we celebrated with a ‘Remembrance Week’ in November.
In the Spring term we had a pirate themed room, complete with a pirate ship, a desert island and TREASURE!!
The National Curriculum states that all state schools in England and Wales should provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
In primary schools, learning is organised into three phases:
- Early Years Foundation Stage: at Manor Beach Primary School, this applies to children aged 4-5 – just our Reception Class
- Key Stage 1: ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
- Key Stage 2: ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
At Key Stages 1 and 2, the statutory subjects that all pupils must study are:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education (PE)
Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Lancashire Education Authority’s agreed syllabus. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) must also be provided. Both RE and PSHCE must be provided at Key Stages 1 and 2.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is statutory in Key Stage 2, however children in Key Stage 1 are also taught a foreign language. At Manor Beach Primary School we teach French in both Key Stage 1 and 2.
Please click the links below for more information about what is taught in each year group.
WW1 WAR ROOM
THE PIRATE ROOM.... ARRRRRRR!!
Manor Beach Primary School
Manor Drive, Thornton Cleveleys,
Lancashire, FY5 1EU
T 01253 853879