English long term plans
Maths programmes of study
Yearly class plan
Below you can find overviews of topics completed during the reception year. These are subject to change depending on the interests and needs of the children.
Musical fun – update
July 13th 2015 – Staff, children and parents alike celebrated the end of a years hard work participating in the Voices Foundation Project with two assemblies. This is a one year in school project that provides training for teachers from a highly trained and enthusiastic Advisory Teacher, learning musical skills through songs and games. Each teacher receives individual class based mentoring and feedback. Both children and staff are encouraged to find their ‘singing voices’, as well as developing confidence and increasing their self esteem.
Encouraged by Allison Holnbrook all of the way (our Advisory teacher from the Voices Foundation) the children performed to a sizable audience. From the Reception children who sang (it has to be said much quieter than normal) ‘You bring me Sunshine’, Rain, rain, go away from year 4, to a welsh lullaby performed by year 6.
The faces of the children said it all – smiles all round. Here are a selection of photographs and singing clips from the two assemblies.
Hi Low – Year 5
John Kanaka – Year 6
Year 4 – Goblins
Our weekly singing assemblies, led by our music subject leader, provide an opportunity for the whole school to sing together. Songs learnt, cross a range of different subject areas and some are sung in preparation for productions or special events. Below is one of the harvest songs that we sang so eagerly for our harvest assembly. To lead us into assembly we have the chance to listen to a different piece of music each week. This helps us to gain a better understanding of different styles of music. Some of the music we have listened includes Vivaldi – Autumn, Reach for the Stars – S Club 7 and In the Mood.
Year 3 to 6 currently participate in a weekly recorder lesson learning musical notation, playing and performing with others and musical vocabulary. The school also offer peripatetic violin and guitar lessons. Our violin players recently performed to the school and their parents, an extract of which can be heard on the children’s page of our website.
Recorded at our carol concert on the last day of term, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
At Arnett Hills we teach phonics and early reading skills using the Letters and Sounds approach. We use this Synthetics Phonics approach from Reception to Year 1. There are 6 phases within Letters and Sounds and most children will complete Phase 6 by the end of Year 2, however this can continue into Year 3 if required.
Synthetic phonics is the breaking down of words into their separate sounds known as phonemes. Phonemes can consist of more than one letter, for example ch, sh, oo and igh. We use Jolly Phonics for the introduction of letter sounds in Reception and these sounds are sent home weekly so that they can be reinforced at home. Word tins are also sent home in Reception and Year 1.
It is vital that the correct pronunciation is used for each phoneme. The video below will help you in supporting your child’s correct pronunciation of each sound. We hold a reading workshop for new parents in Reception at the beginning of the school year to provide ideas of how you can support your child at home. We will also be holding phonic workshops for Year 1 and 2 parents next term.
Following on from the reading meeting at the beginning of term, we hope you find the attached link of phoneme pronunciation useful.
Some of our previous enrichment opportunities that encourage an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum.
Music workshop – STEEL BAND
Music workshop – AFRICAN DRUMMING
History – HATFIELD HOUSE TRIP YEAR 3
Literacy – Writing competition – 2012