Subject Overview

English (Primary)

Read Write Inc. Speed Sounds

At the heart of Read Write Inc. Phonics is the systematic teaching of all the common sounds in the English language (RWI calls these the Speed Sounds). Children are taught to recognise the sounds and to put them together (‘sound blend’ them) into words for reading.

Children are taught one way of representing the 44 main sounds of English first, and then go on to learn the alternative spellings later on.

When teaching the letter sounds, it is important to remember to keep them very ‘pure’ and distinct, to help with sound-blending later on. To enable your child to gain confidence in reading, they should only be asked to read words containing letter sounds they know securely.

Read Write Inc. introduces the simple Speed Sounds (one sound, one grapheme) with Speed Sounds Set 1 and Set 2. They then learn more ways of writing the same sounds with the complex Speed Sounds Set 3. Children are taught letter names before moving on to Speed Sounds Set 3.

Once children know the first set of Speed Sounds, they are ready to read the first Storybooks.

 

Speed Sounds Set 1

(RWI Home Phonics Flashcards Set 1 – Green Box)

 

m – a – s – d – t – i – n – p – g – o – c – k – u – b – f – e – l – h – sh – r  – j – v – y – w – th – z – ch – qu – x – ng – nk

 

School Books – Red Ditty Books, Green Set 1, Purple Set 2

Home Books – Red Level 1, Green Level 2, Purple Level 3

 

Speed Sounds Set 2

(RWI More Home Phonics Flashcards Set 2 – Yellow Box)

 

ay – ee – igh – ow – oo – oo – ar – or – air – ir – ou – oy

 

School Books – Pink Set 3, Orange Set 4

Home books – Pink Level 4

 

Speed Sounds Set 3

(RWI More Home Phonics Flashcards Set 2 – Yellow Box)

 

a-e – ea – i-e – o-e – u-e – aw – are – ur – er – ow – ai – oa – ew – ire – ear – ure – tious – tion

 

School Books – Yellow Set 5, Blue Set 6, Grey Set 7

 

 

Please note you can purchase the flash cards from Ruth Miskin for RWi on Amazon at a cost of £5.60

Click the button below to go to the Amazon website.

Amazon: Flash Cards

 

This record sheet can enable you to keep track of your child’s progress as they are introduced to the sounds in the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

 

Mark with a tick when your child is shown the letter (or group of letters e.g. ‘sh’ or ‘igh’) and mark with another tick when they can accurately give the correct letter sound when shown the letter(s).

 

Speed Sounds Set 1

 

m

a

s

d

t

i

n

p

g

o

c

k

u

b

f

e

l

h

sh

r

j

v

y

w

th

z

ch

qu

x

ng

nk

 

 

 

Speed Sounds Set 2

 

ay

say

ee

meet

igh

night

ow

snow

oo

moon

oo

look

ar

park

or

worn

air

pair

ir

first

ou

count

oy

toys

 

Speed Sounds Set 3 (common alternative spellings for sounds)

 

Speed Sound 1 / 2

(Already introduced)

Speed Sound 3

(Alternative spelling)

Example word

ee

ea

seat

oy

oi

join

ay

a-e

name

igh

i-e

time

ow

o-e

home

oo

u-e

tune

or

aw

saw

air

are

share

ir

er

after

ir

ur

turn

ou

ow

town

ay / a-e

ai

snail

ow / o-e

oa

boat

oo / u-e

ew

chew

 

ire

hire

 

ear

hear

 

ure

sure

 

tion

tradition

 

cious

delicious

 

tious

scrumptious

 

English (KS3, KS4, KS5)

KS3

In KS3 students are grouped according to ability and focus on a range of skills such as reading for pleasure, creative writing and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). The schemes of work are based on teaching whole texts to students to promote reading skills and one skills based lesson per week. Assessments in reading, writing and SPaG are completed every half term to measure progress.

KS4

In KS4 students are following the AQA Step Up to English Entry Level programme. All students focus on handwriting, reading, writing and SPaG. Assessments are completed in line with AQA recommendations.

In KS3 and KS4 all students have a reading record which they take home. Students are encouraged to read at home and have their reading record signed. When they have completed ten hours of reading at home they receive a Regular Reader Award and a free book.

KS3 & KS4 English long term plan

KS5

In KS5 students follow a basic skills programme in English.

Maths

At Hope Wood Academy we believe that mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us by developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Pupils follow the Mathematics National Curriculum from p-scales up to GCSE level. A wide range of teaching resources including Numicon, Accelerated Maths and RM Easimaths are available in the school to aid our planning and gain ideas for teaching and learning. Lessons are carefully differentiated to suit the needs and level of the individual learner.

In Key Stage 4 some pupils will be entered for Functional Skills exams and some will be entered for GCSE Maths. Within our post 16 provision students will focus on real world aspects of mathematics, which include time, money, shape and will feature as part of a NOCN award.

Science

The Science department aims to create a stimulating, safe and exciting curriculum that all learners can access regardless of their ability. The curriculum is based upon the National curriculum and is assessed using Rising Stars progression statements. This enables students to develop their knowledge sand understanding of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and working scientifically.

Students are encouraged and supported to build and develop skills such as understanding, interpretation, enquiry, evaluation, testing and reasoning.

Currently students in Key Stage 4 access the OCR Entry Level Science qualifications.

P.E

We offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We also offer opportunities to compete in sport and other activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness, leadership and respect.

We aspire that students across the Key Stages will;

  • Begin to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate including; badminton, basketball, cricket, fencing, football, handball, hockey, netball, rounders, softball, tennis, volleyball and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently up to or over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively including front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.

 

Design Technology

All of our students in Key Stage 3 are taught in a carousel between food technology, textiles, graphics and resistant materials.

Primary students access design technology as part of their creative thematic curriculum.

Food Technology

All pupils are able to access Food Technology. The lessons allow pupils to develop a range of basic cooking skills which includes methods such as rubbing in, creaming and basic vegetable preparation.

All pupils learn the importance of keeping themselves safe in the food room and demonstrate this through practical sessions. Pupils develop these skills whilst producing a range of sweet and savoury dishes to help them develop the skills they need to live in an independent way.

At Key Stage 4 pupils are offered the opportunity to undertake an Entry Level qualification.

Textiles

Within Key Stage 3 students work on designing, creating and evaluating an item to meet a specific design brief. All students are expected to be able to embellish, decorate and construct textiles in a variety of methods.

Resistant Materials

Due to the physical constraints of our building Resistant Materials is taught offsite in a purpose built workshop at The New Bridge Academies Upper Site. The curriculum follows a practical thematic project to enable all students to design and make a piece of woodwork by the end of their using.

During lessons for Key stage 3, pupils learn how to use various tools, e.g. tenor saws, coping saws, wood chisels, files etc. while working with materials such as wood and acrylic.

Graphics

During the graphics unit of work students are given a design brief to design and make an advert for a specific audience.

During this unit of work students work on selecting appropriate images and slogans by evaluating their fitness for purpose and refining their decisions based upon these choices. These images are then combined together with other images and text to create a final product.

Humanities-History/Geography/RE/PSHEC/RSE

Geography

Within Geography we aim to provide the necessary tools for pupils to think geographically. These skills are used in making decisions important to everyday life—where to buy or rent a home; where to get a job; how to get to work or to a friend’s house; and where to shop, holiday, or go to school. We also look at amazing places in the world and how people and places are affected.

RE

Religion is a large part of Humanities because of the influence of religions and beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life. Most religions and beliefs offer answers to life’s deepest questions and our pupils study a variety of this. There is a cross over in lessons from History, Geography and PSHEC into RE, which links into our topics.

History

In History lessons we aim to ignite enthusiasm and interest in events from the past. We look at significant events in Britain’s development and also in the wider world. We also look at the skills needed to find out information; these skills can be used in all walks of life.

We aim to make history enjoyable and provide practical activities to help recreate artefacts from the past. The children are encouraged to build and develop skills such as understanding, interpretation, enquiry and reasoning.

KS3 & KS4 humanities long term plan

PSHEC/RSE

At Hope Wood it is vitally important that all pupils have access to good quality PSHEC , that supports their developmental goals and enables them to successfully negotiate health risk behaviours and develop positive personal attributes. We have a detailed curriculum that each key stage follows so they can reach their goals. Relationships and sex education is covered within PSHEC. For further information on the coverage of RSE follow the link below:

PSHE and RSE LT curriculum planning

 

 

Computing

The Computing department aims to create a stimulating, safe and exciting curriculum for all learners that prepare them for the real world challenges they face once they leave Hope Wood Academy. The curriculum is based around the Switched On Computing scheme of work. This helps to ensure students receive the three strands of computing curriculum in equal doses (Computing Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology).

As a department we are exceptionally well resourced and have two fully equipped ICT suites and a digital media suite boasting iMac’s. We also have a large number of portable devices and computers available in every teaching class. This enables us to integrate Computing into all other subjects within the Academy to improve students digital literacy.

Within Key Stage 4 students access the Edexcel Functional Skills qualifications at a level appropriate to them.

Art

Within Secondary Art we provide a wide range of activities, tasks and projects that promote pupil development against the above key areas.

By removing the fear of failure and embracing diversity, pupils explore a wide range of artists, techniques and materials, engage in collaborative projects and discussions and problem solve within a safe and engaging environment.

The department also provides pupils with the opportunity to gain Arts Award and GCSE level accreditation.

British Sign Language

British Sign Language

We use British Sign Language (BSL) based signs as part of our Total Communication approach at Hope Wood Academy.

Signing benefits include:

  • Helping to understand your child’s needs, thoughts and ideas
  • Reducing frustration (for child and adults!)
  • Enhancing early vocabulary and understanding
  • Encouraging the development of speech
  • Stimulating your child’s intellectual and emotional development

 

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

We offer the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language as an option for our students in Key Stage 4. It is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL). A range of topics are studied that involve simple, everyday language use.