Basic Skills

At Great Barford Primary Academy we use Letters and Sounds as the basis of our Phonics teaching from Early Years and Foundation Stage and then following on throughout the school.
We use carefully graded reading books from a number of schemes as well as real books. (Oxford Reading  forms the basis of our early scheme) Children are able to choose their reading books from a selection that contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays)
We believe that children should develop the ability to communicate through writing in a lively, interesting and informative way in response to a variety of stimuli for different purposes and audiences. Writing is taught through our topic work or through other areas of the curriculum. For example, children may be writing about the reasons for the Romans invading Britain where literacy objectives would be set in addition to objectives from the History curriculum.
We follow the programme of study for maths from the National Curriculum. Children are introduced to numbers as a method of representing the amount of objects in a collection beginning in the nursery through structured play activities and teaching. This is continued into the Reception Year to enable children to develop a good understanding of numbers to at least 20. We use White Rose as our core maths scheme which is augmented by problem solving opportunities and additional activities. The White Rose programme is a unique maths toolkit that’s carefully crafted to help inspire a genuine love of maths and help every child master the maths curriculum. It helps to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills using high quality, digital resources, workbooks and textbooks. It also links with the rich mathematical resources from the NRICH project developed by the University of Cambridge, to further deepen children’s understanding. We encourage the application of maths across the curriculum; e.g. weighing ingredients for a D&T lesson involving cooking, taking a series of measurements in an investigation in science and displaying these in a suitable graph or bar chart. Further use of maths in topic work could involve an understanding of our current number system and looking at number systems from the past e.g Roman numerals, or sequencing dates to create a timeline in history. ICT is used widely throughout the school to support and enhance learning.
If you require any further information please contact us via the school office.