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Shipham Church of England First School

English and Maths




We firmly believe that English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. This is an area where the help and support of families can make a big difference to the progress a child can make. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are in a strong place to make the most of their learning inside and outside the school environment.


Reading and spelling are taught through a structured programme of phonics. The phonics schemes used in school are: Fast Phonics First, Letter and Sounds, Jolly Phonics. The reading schemes used for KS1 are: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, National Geographic.




Our main aims for mathematics are to ensure that all pupils:


    • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
    • can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
    • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. As with English, we look to reinforce mathematical concepts learned in other areas of the curriculum, including D&T, science, computing and even PE.


The Government expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will 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.