Curriculum

Bug Club: The Launch
 
As you can tell from our recent newsletters – we are on a mission to promote a love of reading at Andoversford! Now that our home reading books have been re-organised we would like to offer e-books too! We are planning to purchase more books over the next few years, however offering e-books in the meantime will give our children access to a greater selection of books. The e-books are offered alongside our selection of home readers and library books.

Reception and Key Stage 1 children have already met the ‘Bug Club’ in their phonics lessons. In order to build on the good progress they are making in Phonics, many of the e-books will be linked to the sounds they are learning.

Teachers have taken time to show the e-books in class so your child will be able to show you how it works! Please remember to keep your child safe whilst they are using the internet to access Bug Club. We would recommend parents share the first few logins together and continue to carefully monitor their activity.

How does it work?

Over the next week or so your child will come home with a ‘Bug Club’ bookmark with their individual login. Please go to the website: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk to login to their account. Once you are logged in, click the ‘my stuff’ tab to find the books. Select a book and begin reading! There is even an option to have the book read aloud. Watch out for the bug faces in the text: when you click on them they have questions to deepen your child’s understanding. Teachers can track how children are doing with these questions.

When your child answers the questions they earn coins that may be spent on stickers to use in their chosen sticker book.

Reading Diaries

Please continue to record how often you are reading together at home (e-books or normal books) to be in with a chance of winning our ‘Mystery Reader.’ Teachers will monitor accounts to make sure everyone has a good collection of books to choose from.

We hope you will enjoy this exciting new resource!

We deliver The National Curriculum criteria through a thematic approach, enabling children to experience contextual learning in their lessons.
 
Reading: Reading schemes are a combination of Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn and Pearson books.
 
Phonics is mainly taught through Letters and Sounds with adaptations of Jolly Phonics.
 
Assessment
Children are now assessed against their year groups 'Age Related Expectations' or ARE as it is more commonly known in education. These ARE are for children to achieve at the end of the academic year.
When it comes to assessing children's level of understanding against ARE criteria, Andoversford Primary School has adopted the banding system.
Every term the class teachers assess the children against ARE criteria for that term e.g. so a child in Yr3 will only be assessed against Yr3 ARE criteria.  Teachers track the children's achievements by inputting the assessment data into an electronic tracker.  This tracker then stores the information and compares the assessments termly against the ARE criteria for that year group. 
In order to get a sense of how each child is achieving against the ARE for their year group, the teachers use the following banding system:
 
Children who have demonstrated some criteria at ARE but are not fully secure in their understanding, will be judged as either 'Emerging' or 'Developing' in that criteria. 

Emerging - Below expected age related expectation. Demonstrating and achieving some criteria.

Developing - Below expected age related expectation. Demonstrating and achieving more criteria but not secure.

The majority of children should be demonstrating a secure knowledge of their ARE at the end of the academic year, and therefore are judged at'Expected'

Expected - Age Related Expectation for that academic year. Secure knowledge and achievement against year group criteria.

Some children will demonstrate a greater level of understanding across the ARE criteria and therefore will be judged at either 'Advancing' or 'Mastery'.  If a child is demonstrating a deeper level and applying that deep level in different contexts then that child will be judged at Mastery.

Advancing - A breadth of knowledge and achievement against the expected criteria.

Mastery - A deepening and breadth of knowledge and achievement against the expected criteria. Applying this deep level of understanding within different contexts.