Rote learning is about repetition for memorization. It is useful for thoroughly learning key knowledge that children need to be able to recall and apply instantly. Examples include phonics, times tables and handwriting. We intend all our pupils to have a complete and comprehensive grasp of key facts in English and maths.
Rote learning takes place every day in all our classes. Our Rote Learning Map lays out the content pupils access at different stages of their schooling. Rote learning lessons are short, quick-paced and fun. At the end of each stage of rote learning, pupils sit a check-point test. Some of these tests are statutory, such as the Year 1 phonics test and Year 4 multiplication check. We use these tests to assess whether pupils have learnt the expected knowledge thoroughly. If they have not, we put in place an individual or small-group intervention to help them catch-up. If we are still not successful, we will investigate possible special educational needs and put in place a more personalised approach to meeting pupils’ needs.