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Essendon C of E (VC) Primary School

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works


We have two year groups in each class. This gives teachers the time to really get to know the pupils well. Less time is needed for handover and getting to know pupils each year. The pupils take turns being the older or the younger year group in each class. This gives them the chance both to learn from older pupils and to have the opportunity to "teach" younger pupils. We have found this system benefits the pupils in both year groups. It is a well-researched and evidenced fact that pupils learn well from teaching and explaining to other.


We have a two-year rolling curriculum to cater for our split classes. Our curriculum covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 in a fun and exciting way.


Pupils read in class every day, either in a Guided Reading session or individually. Pupils are encouraged to choose books to read for pleasure from our well-stocked library.


Phonics is taught through the "Letters and Sounds" scheme. In addition, we use "Read Write Inc." for some interventions or extra practice of phonics.


Further information about the relevant skills each year group are learning this term can be found below.