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Goldfield Infants' & Nursery School

Building Learning Power   Together!


Foundation Stage

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Through a variety of activities the children's ability to listen attentively, communicate and develop an interest in stories and books is supported and extended. A rich variety of books, audiotapes, puppets, storysacks and other resources are used to make stories come alive.


Key Stage 1

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This work is of the utmost importance at this early stage.
Speaking and Listening - Good listening habits are essential and time is devoted to helping the acquisition of these. We develop children's understanding of the spoken word, encouraging them to express themselves effectively and confidently. Role-play is particularly encouraged and areas are regularly changed.

Reading - We aim to ensure that children learn to read to the best of their ability and are able to enjoy and make use of their reading. The main reading scheme used is "Oxford Reading Tree". We use a phonic approach to reading across the school through our ‘Fantastic Phonics’ sessions (a combination of 'Read Write Inc.' and 'Letters and Sounds). Use too is made of other schemes and a range of reading materials depending upon the individual. We have a library containing both fiction and non-fiction books where children are encouraged to seek information and browse for enjoyment. Library sessions enable the children to explore our collection of books and use the computer suite. Parent volunteers read to small groups of children during our Corner Library sessions.

Would you like to know more about reading at Goldfield? Please click PDF Icon Goldfield Reading Manual (2.45MB) for further information.

Please click PDF icon First 100 High Frequency Words (49KB) and PDF icon Next 200 High Frequency Words (55KB) to view these documents.

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Writing - Writing takes place in the form of stories, poetry, recipes, lists, invitations, instructions etc. Good presentation and letter formation is encouraged from the beginning. We have a weekly 'Write/Right' word on the Class Noticeboards and displayed in the school hall. There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) including separate focussed lessons. Children start joining letters in Year 1 and are encouraged to write in a joined-up style in Year 2.

Goldfield's Handwriting Script - If you would like to download the style to use at home there is information on the website we have chosen Joinit C10 and
Cursive 10 (a) unjoined.

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Headteacher: Mrs Debora Stevens