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 to see how we will use the funding we will receive in the academic year 2016/17 of £17,300.
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 £8,600 for the forthcoming year. Click here to see how we intend to spend the money.
We have an excellent take up rate for our after school clubs. All of our teachers run clubs each term and we try to provide a wide variety for children to choose from.
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 about:
New reading books
Promoting Healthy Snacks at break time
Keeping ourselves safe both in and out of school