We follow a planned course throughout Reception Year.
Wednesday and Friday mornings
At Lymington Infant School we work in a close partnership with parents in teaching pupils to read. Parents are encouraged to read to their children daily and also spend time listening to their children read to them. We believe that a great deal of being a successful reader is the ability to discuss what has been read and use the knowledge to continually build a greater understanding of the world around them.
In school we try to immerse the pupils in a rich diet of wonderful literature and develop within them the desire and confidence to become successful readers. To support this pupils are taught a variety of skills and are given support and time to practise these.
The skills are:
- handling books and understanding how they work
- developing a bank of words that they recognise (key word walls)
- learning phonics (Whole school follow the government approved scheme Letters and Sounds and in Foundation they also use Song of Sounds)
- comprehension skills to develop understanding of the text
All these skills are practised in a variety of ways- individual reading, group reading, shared reading, partner reading to name but a few. We use a wide range of different reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Story Worlds, Red Rocket Readers, Treetops, Discovery World and Pearson Phonics Bug to name but a few. The children are also encouraged to read other literature appropriate to their age.
We also try to instil in the pupils a love of reading and the benefits of having ‘a book as a friend’. For more information on how to support your child with reading see the videos and handouts from our English Workshop.
At Lymington Infant School we aim to instill a love of Maths and encourage children to become confident learners.
It is important that the children develop a positive attitude towards Maths and understand its use in everyday life. Maths equips children with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world, such as logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Maths can be a creative subject, giving rise to moments of wonder when a child solves a problem for the first time or suddenly sees a hidden connection.
At Lymington we aim to build essential mathematical knowledge, develop and embed key skills and challenge and extend the children’s thinking. To support your child with this try bringing in numbers everyday. You could count the steps as you walk to school, spot numbers on houses and buses or count out the cutlery as they lay the table. Ask questions such as ‘How many more do you need?’ or ‘How many have you got left?’. Just a few minutes a day of regular review will go a long way towards building fact fluency.
To find more ways to help your child at home see our handouts from the Maths Workshop.