Wye Forest Federation
01600 713501
Monmouth, Gwent, NP25 4LY
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English and Maths

 English

Children should develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and to communicate with others effectively.  They will learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.

Reading

We aim to foster in all of our children a love of literature so that they become readers for life.  Children are taught to read by a variety of methods including phonics, guided reading and within English lessons with teachers using high quality texts.  Their progress is carefully monitored and a wide range of books (fiction and non-fiction) make up our individual reading schemes, class and Federation libraries.  

Phonics

Across the WFF, we follow the Letters & Sounds order of sounds but our talented teachers make the phonics experience multi-sensory and investigative, they also use songs, stories, rhymes and movement to help with this. 

Guided reading

We value guided reading as a means of improving reading skills, comprehension skills and group discussion.  All children read as part of a group or as a whole class, usually outside of English lessons.  The questions that adults ask during guided reading cover the National Curriculum Assessment objectives during the course of several sessions.  Children are given the opportunity to discuss these questions as part of the small groups or in a class discussion linking to our oracy focus.

Oracy

We believe it is essential that children are able to speak clearly, fluently and confidently to a range of audiences so Oracy has become one of our Federation focuses.  Through role play, drama, debate, Talk for writing, wow words, an enquiry based curriculum & use of talk partners we hope to increase children’s confidence in public speaking and their love of our unique language.

 Writing

Grammar objectives underpin our writing, with our teachers merging the Curriculum expectations in grammar with fantastic high level texts that link through to their topic.  Immersing the children in their topic theme inspires their writing.  Supporting this with Talk for Writing techniques and our new Try Use Prove approach to writing, means the children are becoming naturally proficient technical & creative writers

Maths Curriculum 
 

In September 2017, Wye Forest Federation slowly began transitioning towards a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. We understood that this would be a gradual process and take several years to embed. The rationale behind changing our approach to teaching mathematics lay within the research of Guskey (2009) and Skemp (1976), the work of the research group of which our maths lead – Mrs Ricketts is a part of: Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme GLOW, the NCETM/Maths Hub led Mastery Specialist Programme as well as the 2014 National Curriculum, which states: 

  • The expectation is that most pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.
  • Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. 
  • Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.