Inspiring a Love for Lifelong Learning
Learning at APPS
Learning and assessment at Ashford Park
For details of the learning experiences for each year group, please follow the Year Groups link on the left hand tabs. Home Learning can also be found there.
Our phonics learning is delivered through:
- Phonics International
- Jolly Phonics
- Phonics Play - a web based learning tool
- The Alphabetic Code
- Letters and Sounds
Our Infant Reading Schemes include:
- Bug Club
- Rigby Stars
- Oxford Reading Tree
- A rich variety of enjoyable books readily available from the class and school libraries.
We want to work in partnership with you to raise confidence with English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The Oxford OWL has really useful "Expert help", short video snippets all about grammar and how these patterns of language are used to write and communicate clearly. Please follow this link
Enjoy listening to free stories through: http://www.storynory.com/
Visit this site to hear famous authors reading the winning entries in BBC Radio 2 - 500 word writing competition: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1
Writing inspiration through images: http://www.pobble365.com/
Literacy Shed is full of incredible ideas using film to encourage speaking and listening, drama, reading and writing. It has some incredible video snippets to support children in making the right choices when faced with the life challenges of bullying and on-line challenges: http://www.literacyshed.com/
Ted Talks: Sir Ken Robinson, "How to escape education's death valley", presents a really interesting view on the development of a curriculum to encourage natural learning: View here
Sir Ken Robinson, "Do schools kill creativity?". The feedback form our HMI (Her Majesty's Inspector), May 2017 visit, confirmed our self -evalaution that at APPS, we provide a rich & interesting, broad and balanced curriculum, to meet the specific and individual needs of the children at our school.
Parents/carers mathematics Home Help Page
Many thanks to Simon Kidwell and Chris Dyson from two fantastic primary schools in Yorkshire, for working with us and enabling us to share this exciting work!
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through 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.
Through our mathematics lessons at APPS it is our aim to develop:
- Enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
- Confidence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
- An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
- An ability to solve problems, by applying their skills to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. To reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- An ability to reason mathematically and explain relationships using mathematical language.
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
The teaching and learning of mathematics at Ashford Park
At APPS we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily mathematics lesson where children are given opportunities for:
- Practical activities and mathematical games
- Problem solving
- Open and closed tasks
- Individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
- A range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator
- Working with computers as a mathematical tool
- Using a wide range of support resources e.g. number squares, digit cards and number lines
- Using and applying their learning in everyday situations
Maths games to play at home
- Help with learning tables – multiplication.com
Variety of KS1 and KS2 games – top marks.com
Games for KS2 and advice for parents – Mad4maths.com
Learning guides and resources: