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.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs C Lewer and Mrs S Boxall
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 w/b Monday 23rd September and will finish the week ending Friday 22nd November
|Mrs Dearing & Mrs Carter||Sewing Club|
|Miss McGinley & Miss Major||“Little Einsteins” Science Club|
|Mrs Boxall & Miss Pole||Yoga Club|
|Miss Sargeant (PE Specialist)||Gymnastics 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 the Eco Committee have reviewed their targets from the previous year’s Action Plan. They have recorded information about how they met their targets and have moved any areas which are still in need of development to this year’s Action Plan. They have carried out an Environmental Review of the school grounds to measure current success against the 10 topics and have used this document to identify areas of improvement and to inform their current Action Plan. They have decided to focus on:-
Litter – litter pickers to continue to be made available at lunch times and in all outside areas and for recycling bins to be clearly labelled with the materials that can be put into them.
Transport – to work alongside the PE lead to begin the Walk to School Wednesday initiative.
Healthy Living – to grow more fruit and veg to make our school dinners healthier and more sustainable.
School Grounds – to develop the Sensory Garden as a regular outdoor area for everyone to use. A questionnaire has been sent to all classes so that children across the school can make suggestions about what to include in this space.