Reading, Writing and Maths

Getting the basics right

The strong teaching of English and Maths will ensure our pupils master the basics and build on that as they go through the school.


The robust teaching of phonics following the Read Write Inc model strongly guided reading sessions and a culture of a love of reading will ensure that our pupils develop the ability to access complex texts across the curriculum, as well as enjoy reading, which will hold them in good stead throughout their school life.

For more details of Read, Write, Inc click below. You will find links to tutorials and videos for parents.

Ruth MiskinAlso, there will be a focus on the clarity of speech across all subjects, in all phases and in front of a range of audiences in order to ensure our pupils leave with good oral skills. Pupils will be specifically taught good ‘oracy’ for job interviews and public speaking.

Maths Mastery

Supporting schools in the BBO Maths Hub

At Grove Academy, we are committed to nurturing good mathematicians. From September 2019, we have adopted a Mastery approach to the teaching and learning of Maths and have benefited from having a Mastery Specialist lead the change across the school. Our Mastery approach is being built in line with a Growth Mindset ethos in the school.

What is Teaching for Mastery?

Underlying the approach is the belief that all children can achieve and develop a deep mathematical understanding. The focus is on developing factual, procedural and conceptual fluency: what, how and why, enabling children to become fluent mathematicians who are able to reason and solve a variety of problems by applying what they have learned in a range of contexts. Conceptual understanding is developed through concrete, visual and structural representations and children are given the opportunity to spot patterns, make connections and explain their reasoning on a daily basis.

Meeting the needs of all learners

Children are supported through carefully planned lessons that tackle concepts in small steps, which build on each other following a coherent path; carefully crafted scaffolding to prompt conceptual understanding; and, where necessary, specific planned interventions.
Once a conceptual understanding has been mastered, children are supported and encouraged to think more deeply about the concepts.

Developing Teaching for Mastery at Grove Academy and across the Hub

We are an active member of the Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub (BBO) and as a school, we host Teacher Research Groups for interested teachers, Maths Leads and Heads to observe our maths lessons and learn more about Teaching for Mastery.

For further information please explore the links below:


Click on appropriate year group below for their maths planning