We use a fun, multi-sensory approach to developing children’s phonic knowledge. Throughout the school, teachers use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to systematically develop children’s phonic knowledge, supported by a wide range of resources. Phonics is taught for a total of 20 minutes daily in every class.
In the early stages of reading we use books from ‘Bug Club’ and ‘Songbird Phonics’ which relate directly to the specific phases of phonics. These books enable children to use their developing phonic knowledge to decode and gain confidence as readers.
We feel that it is also important that we provide children with the opportunity to read high quality fiction and non-fiction books so that they read for pleasure and information from an early age. We believe children will develop excellent reading and writing skills by being exposed to a rich range of literature by fabulous authors and illustrators. We therefore have a very good selection of books that are banded by level of difficulty as well as reading for pleasure books. Children change their ‘banded books’ twice a week and can choose a new reading for pleasure book as frequently as they wish. These books may require an adult to read the book to the child. However, reading aloud to children is an important activity as this will expose children to expression, a wider vocabulary, more descriptive language and formal grammatical structures. It also allows children to let their imaginations run free as they are not bound by decoding text themselves.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after in care and children of service personnel.
Click here to view our Statement of Impact from our Pupil Premium Grant 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Please click here to view our Pupil Premium Statement of Impact 2017/18.
Please click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/19.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs C Lewer and Miss S Robb
The Department for Education (DfE) issued a new, Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice in June 2014 to replace the 2001 Code. This statutory guidance came into force from 1 September 2014.
Like London 2012, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave us an opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy sport. The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the games, and to develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age.
As a result, the Government allocates funding to develop primary school PE and sport. At Ditton Infant School we have been allocated a total of £17,150 for the forthcoming year. Click here to see the impact of how the money was spent.
We have an excellent take up rate for our after school clubs. Our teachers run clubs each term and we try to provide a variety for children to choose from.
The clubs will start on w/b Monday 6th May and will finish the week ending Friday 5th July
|Mrs Dearing & Mrs Carter||Arts & Crafts Club|
|Mrs Azzopardi/Mrs Tuft||Horrible History Club|
|Miss McGinley||Music Club|
|Miss Sargeant (PE Specialist)||Tennis Club|
The aim of the School Council is to involve the children in decisions that affect their lives in school.
Through the School Council the children are given a voice. We have eight children on the school council representing each class in Years 1 and 2. New School Council members are elected by their classmates each year and each member meets regularly with the Headteacher and Governors. All School Council members wear their School Council badge in school and take turns to help in whole school celebration assemblies.
They have made decisions and led discussions about:
Which activities are on offer at lunchtimes
Which activities they would like the PTFA to purchase for Golden Time
What makes them feel safe in school
What should be in our wildlife garden
Why our school is a special place
This term we have been very excited about receiving our first Bronze Award and launching our very first Eco after-school club. Throughout the weeks we will be thinking about:
– Biodiversity (supporting our local wildlife to flourish)
– Healthy living
So far, we have explored these areas in very practical ways. We spruced up some old plant pots by giving them a lick of paint and have created homes for spiders using sticks, masking tape and string. We took these to our Wildlife Garden and placed them in areas that we thought the spiders would like. We enjoyed learning about and making homes for the spiders so much that we are looking to create homes for other essential wildlife like toads and earwigs. In addition to this, we will be promoting healthy living by planting beans in our newly painted pots and potatoes in our shared planters. Alongside this we are also hoping to plant a selection of flowers to attract and support our local bee population.
We are excited to officially announce our involvement with the Eco-School programme. The programme itself delivers a simple framework which ensures that sustainability becomes a fundamental part of school life. It provides opportunities to enhance the curriculum, encouraging children to adopt green behaviours and attitudes which can be transferred into homes and the wider community. We have a newly elected Eco-Committee, currently made up of 2 children per class throughout Key Stage 1 and we are looking forward to welcoming children from both Reception classes later in the year. With support from the Eco-Coordinator, the children are responsible for leading the school through various processes and have already become a vital link between pupils, teachers, senior leaders and governors. We are currently working on achieving our Bronze award which is the first step towards becoming a Green Flag Eco-School. You can find out more information about the Eco-Schools process by visiting www.eco-schools.org.uk