Maths and English
Maths and English are at the core of our curriculum from Reception through to Prep 6.
“Can I have a Maths question?” is the oft-repeated request from our younger pupils. That’s because we love the subject. The staff work hard to differentiate between our advanced mathematicians and those who require more support.
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 the 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.”
Anne Fine, Children
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 and pupils are assessed regularly to help ensure progression. 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 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!