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Holbrook Primary School, Trowbridge

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Sounds-Write - Phonics scheme

Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing. This programme can be taught in all years but usually starts in reception and finishes at the end of year 2. Due to lockdown children in year 3 have not yet finished the programme, we will be continuing this (from where they ended up in year 2) to ensure they are provided with the best start to their year 3 reading, writing and spelling journey! It is important children have all the phonics skills. 

Children learn to read using the phonics books we call 'the dandelion books' all the way up until they are a free reader. Children need to read each book fluently before moving onto the next book. This is to support them in understanding all the different sounds and spellings. 

 

The Write Stuff - English scheme

In English, we are starting a new scheme called ‘The Write Stuff.’ We are starting this scheme to ensure that children improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writerly choices. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on a wonderful book called ‘Star in the Jar’ by Sam Hay. In English, we are starting a new scheme called ‘The Write Stuff.’ We are starting this scheme to ensure that children improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writerly choices. 

 

White Rose - Maths 

In maths we will continue to follow the White Rose maths scheme. Each year group follows a set of work that needs to be covered for the year. Everyone starts off on place value but it is pitched differently for different year groups. There will be chunks of learning throughout year 3 including place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, statistics, measurement, money, and so on. The work will be differentiated for ability and we do love a range of challenges for the children to enjoy and get their brains ticking. 

 

Jigsaw - PSHE scheme 

Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme! We love PSHE at Holbrook and we also bring PSHE through in assemblies to consolidate what we have learnt. The topics we cover are:- 

  1. BM (Being Me in My World)
    'Who am I and how do I fit?'

  2. CD (Celebrating Difference)
    Respect for similarity and difference. Anti-bullying and being unique.

  3. DG (Dreams and Goals)
    Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this.

  4. HM (Healthy Me)
    Being and keeping safe and healthy.

  5. RL (Relationships)
    Building positive, healthy relationships.

  6. CM (Changing Me)
    Coping positively with change.

 

Totally Pawsome Gang - Guided reading 

It is incredibly important that children read at least 5 times per week at home. The more often they read, the more children can access the curriculum. Children who read frequently become better writers and are definitely better at spelling!

In Guided Reading we follow a book system called 'The Holbrook Reading Spine.' There are 6 books we need to read and a poem for each year group, these need to be read and used in Guided Reading lessons. We use the 'Totally Pawsome Gang' to help us answer different types of questions, these are:- 

- Rex the Retriever 

- Inference Iggy

- Cassie the Commentator 

- Arlo the Author 

- Predictive Pip

- Summarising Sheba

- Vocabulary Victor

 

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