Our Learning

Our Learning - English and Maths

Maths:

We adopt the Mastery Approach to Maths at Horsmonden. Mastery is defined by Ofsted as: 

  • An expectation that all pupils can and will achieve.
  • The large majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace.
  • Pupils complete units of work that focus in depth on key topics.
  • Lessons and resources are crafted carefully to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
  • Practice and consolidation play a central role. Well-designed variation builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts in tandem. Teachers use precise questioning to check conceptual and procedural knowledge. They assess in lessons to identify who requires intervention so that all pupils keep up.

This means we take longer to teach key skills, building on knowledge and extending it by including lots of reasoning activities. If a "building block" in Maths is missing or misunderstood for whatever reason, children cannot be expected to climb to the next level. Our results and assessments are showing that this approach is working and our children are achieving better in Maths than in the past.

We enjoyed an informative Maths Workshop evening in November. Here is the Calculation Policy we looked at.

English

Reading is such an important part of learning.
Reading for pleasure helps your child develop a love of learning and helps engage them in discussions about books and become greater readers.  

The classrooms have exciting book corners and we have a vibrant library that enables children explore the wonders of stories and the fascination of non-fiction, so their love of learning is embedded in everything that they do.As well as reading in school, reading at home helps accelerate your child’s learning and gives them an opportunity to practise the skills they have learned in school and continue to promote a love of reading.

For a list of books suitable for each year group click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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Important Dates

Monday 26th February
Medical Detection Dogs visit
Friday 2nd March
Maya Workshop for Monet Class

A visit from Mexicolore who will lead us in an all day interactive Maya workshop.

Tuesday 20th March
Parents' Consultation
Thursday 22nd March
Parents' Consultation
Wednesday 28th March
Easter Service Whole School

Drop children at St Margaret's Church at 9am. Infants to be collected by parents/carers at 10am from Church to return to school. Juniors will walk back via the orchards, stopping for a snack. Infants are welcome to join the walk at parents'/carers' discretion. If weather is dreadful, we will use the school hall.

Thursday 29th March
End of Term 4
Monday 16th April
Start Term 5
Wednesday 25th April
Year 4 Monet Assembly

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OFSTED REPORT

Read our latest Ofsted report.

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