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In Maths lessons at Fernhurst Primary School, you will typically see development of pupils mathematical fluency; pupils actively reasoning about their learning and pupils learning through a mastery approach with problem solving contexts. Children develop their mathematical skills using different representations (concrete, pictorial and abstract) in order to develop true mathematical understanding. This enables our pupils to "make good and improving progress and achieve well" (Ofsted: 2017).


At Fernhurst Primary School, all children in Key Stage 2 have a login for Sumdog (Note: Children in Key Stage 1 may also have a login upon request by their parent). Sumdog learns about each student’s Maths skills individually and generates questions tailored to each child’s needs. Sumdog ensures that all students work at the level and pace that is right for them and won't move them onto new skills before they are ready. Sumdog uses game-based learning, backed by research, to motivate our pupils - any game can practice any skill.

Sumdog can be accessed on your internet browser at or via the Sumdog App which is available for both Apple and Android Devices. Please click here to download the most recent version:

Maths Learning At Home

Please click here to view the Presentation made at the recent Parent Forum, "Maths for Mums & Dads", which aims to make maths a daily feature at home as well as school through regular, everyday activities.  Additionally, please see the links below for the progression of the four key operations, which demonstrates the methods which we teach to the children as they progress through the school, which may be useful when supporting children with their learning at home.

Progression for Addition

Progression for Subtraction

Progression for Multiplication

Progression for Division

Please click here to view the presentation made at the Maths for Mums & Dads Forum.  At the Forum, Miss Barnes also discussed some useful card games you can play with your child, click here to view the link to these.

PHONICS in Key Stage 1

We follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme for our Key Stage 1 Phonics teaching. Read, Write, Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader
will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will
learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using Read, Write, Inc. the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into
comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their
energy into composing what they write.

When using Read, Write, Inc. to read the children will:
• Work in small ability groups with children who are at the same reading level as themselves.
• Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
• Learn to read words using Fred Talk.
• Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
• Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using Read, Write, Inc. to write the children will:
• Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
• Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.

Below is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially
the pure letter sounds that your children are learning.  There is also a link to The Oxford University Press website that has some useful tools for parents/carers.
Useful phonics websites

Here are a few websites that you might like to explore with your child:

Alphablocks - lots of videos and games to help with recognising letters and reading. We watch Alphablocks in school so your child might recognise some of these already!

Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!

Letters and sounds initial sound game - this game lets your child reveal a sound/letter and then try to find the picture that starts with the same sound.

BBC bitesize - this game allows your child to listen to the sounds in a word and to pick the correct letter. Then they can see what word they have made with all of the sounds together.

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.


To support the children's reading we use a number of different schemes in school including The Oxford Reading Tree and Dandelion Readers.  We use a variety of schemes to enable us to cater for our children's differing interests.
Please click here to view a presentation on "Helping your child learn to Read".


As a school, we follow the principles of Talk for Writing.  Please follow this link to find out more:

Please click here to see a letter regarding Handwriting at school.


Please click here to see our Literacy Vision.

Please click here to see the presentation given at the Parents' Forum on Literacy


For lots of useful help, tips and advice on how to support your child's learning at home across Maths and Literacy, we would recommend visiting The Oxford Owl website.

For further information about our Curriculum please use the follow links:

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum Overview

Please click here to view the University of Chichester Academy Trust's Curriculum Statement.