At Downs Infants we believe that education is about developing the whole child. It should enable children to be able to make the very best of their lives; having choice and opportunity in their social and economic situation, contributing to society, and developing a sense of self-worth. A good education should be rich in knowledge and in opportunities to apply that knowledge. Children’s education should include experiences of our cultural, artistic, sporting and social heritage, and encourage them to contribute to this.
Learning Downs Infant School
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We use our own systemic synthetic scheme, 'Sunshine Phonics', for teaching phonics for reading and writing. The order of the introduction of sounds is based on 'Letters and Sounds' and we support learning with 'Jolly Phonics' actions and rhymes. We have a set of agreed resources for teaching and supporting phonics across the school. All teachers and TAs have regular training from our literacy leaders at INSET days and PDMs (Professional Development Meetings). We do not routinely 'set' for phonics, as all children can be expected to access and learn from our scheme. Some children will need additional support to embed their knowledge and skills and this is carefully targeted after detailed assessment.
We use books closely matched to the phase of phonics that pupils are working within. This is monitored on an ongoing basis, through regular phonics checks and reading with the teacher. All children are allocated to a level on 'Bug Club' for which they have 'real' books and access to electronic books.