Maths and English
Maths and English are at the core of our curriculum from Reception through to Prep 6.
Following mastery pedagogy, teachers review previous learning, they know what each pupil can do and have an understanding about each pupil’s way of thinking.
- Teachers explain and introduce new content in small chunks.
- Teaching is carefully sequenced, progressing learning.
- Teachers model skills and thinking – they think out loud so children hear how they might go about solving a problem.
- Teachers provide the opportunity to practise (known as deliberate practice) to embed knowledge, resulting in children being able to recall and demonstrate their knowledge in different contexts (including reading and problem solving) over time.
We concentrate on building an understanding of the basic processes of Maths; we value the repetition in our learning of tables. We learn to develop confidence and understanding in Maths through play, songs and rhymes, games and practical activities. We allow the children the opportunity to research and explore mathematical problems and we teach them how to set down their work on paper, or on their Chromebooks, with clarity and accuracy.
In the older years we ensure that all of our children are prepared for the Maths challenges they will face in their next schools, whether state, grammar or senior independent schools.
“The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English, nothing, and without good English, nothing very well.”
English is fundamental to every aspect of the curriculum, and at Spring Grove children are given the skills needed to develop their confidence in communicating effectively. English is taught with rigour and enthusiasm throughout the school, and we aim to develop each individual pupil’s full potential in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.
We follow the National Curriculum alongside the CLPE Power of Reading scheme; this is a text-based planning structure that enables children to share a wide variety of books from all genres. Children are assessed regularly to help ensure progression with termly standardised assessments from Year 2 to Prep 6 for Reading as well as Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Achievement in English is consistently above the national average.
Pupils study an engaging and lively range of topics throughout their study of English, including poetry, Shakespeare, writing for different purposes, non-fiction texts and classic as well as picture books, contemporary novels and short stories. Drama is taught alongside English, with pupils assisted in their applications for Drama Scholarships should they wish to pursue this further.
The well-stocked school library is a favourite for the children, and there is a healthy rivalry in the termly reading and writing competitions. In addition, regular events are organised to help inspire the children further, such as theatre visits, author visits, travelling book fairs, World Book Day events, Readathons, and more!