Information about English National Curriculum

Maths and Literacy

Mathematics and Literacy at Seashell School are taught according to the English National Curriculum through hourly literacy and mathematics lessons each day. The children will be involved in related work each day. The teachers plan work for the children in their care and these plans are reviewed and monitored by the head teacher.  Where appropriate both maths and literacy learning will be linked to IPC learning to allow children to use the skills they have learned – eg in maths the children need to learn to handle data - where possible teachers will plan for the children to learn about data handling in maths at the same time as they need to carry out a survey in IPC.  This helps the children to see the links in their learning.

Literacy is divided into 4 different areas:

Speaking and Listening:

This is developed through discussion and the collaborative planning of activities in a way that requires the pupils to speak and listen confidently through: following instructions, taking part in plays/dramas and talking about their personal experiences.  Children will be taught to formulate, clarify and express their ideas and will take part in presentations, being encouraged to adapt their speech to a range of circumstances and demands.  They will also be taught how to listen, understand and respond appropriately to others and develop their vocabulary.


Throughout the school the children will be encouraged to utilise a wide variety of books and materials that match their individual needs so that they read accurately, fluently and with understanding.  This will include using and taking home reading and library books and materials so they are able to experience a wide range of texts.

The main reading scheme used within school is Oxford Reading Tree.  This is supplemented by other books chosen by their teacher which are appropriate to each child's ability.  The scheme is graded in order of difficulty allowing individuals to progress at their own pace.


Written language is developed alongside their reading and spoken English skills.  The children are taught to develop their ideas and to communicate meaning to a reader using a widening vocabulary and an effective style.  They are taught to organise and structure sentences grammatically and whole texts coherently.  As well as compositional skills, the children will be taught presentational skills through the use of accurate punctuation, correct spelling and legible handwriting.  They are also encouraged to edit their own work and to develop their own style.  Different forms of writing such as personal, imaginative and functional writing are developed throughout the school.

A range of materials are used, including:

The Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn 360 Reading Scheme, Nelson English, Nelson Spelling, Nelson Handwriting and Ginn Key Comprehension.


The mathematics curriculum is taught through the English National Curriculum Numeracy Strategy.  The children learn in 5 different blocks

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Securing number facts, understanding shape
  • Handling data and measures
  • Calculating, measuring and understanding shape
  • Securing number facts, relationships and calculating

Each of these blocks is visited every term to allow children to regularly build on previous learning.

Our approach to the teaching of mathematics:

  • dedicated hourly mathematics lessons every day; with an introduction, main activity and plenary.
  • direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.
  • an emphasis on mental calculation.
  • controlled differentiation, with all pupils engaged in mathematics relating to a common theme.
  • links between maths and the IPC curriculum.

Pupils will be given opportunities to make and monitor decisions, to solve problems, develop mathematical language and develop mathematical reasoning.  Mathematics topics will focus on and involve aspects of number, calculations, shape, logic, measurement, information display and problem solving.  Calculators, concrete materials and computers will also be used in practical activities to develop and nurture new concepts in order to give the pupils a deeper understanding.