Maritime Academy Trust

Maritime is a charitable education trust with schools across London and the South East.

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Aims and Expectations

Reading & Writing

  • Children will learn phonics using the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme. Daily sessions beginning with initial sounds and progressing to segmenting and blending sounds to form words; c-a-t  cat. 

  • Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to the children’s developing phonic knowledge.

  • Home reading packs that match the sounds being taught. Children moved up appropriately based on sound recognition and ability to segment and blend those sounds to make words.  

  • Develop reading fluency and expression

  • Learn to spell using known sounds 

  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first 

  • Work well with a partner


  • Children will follow the NCETM programme ‘mastering number’.

  • Children will learn to recognise number in many different ways, form numbers and understand their value and be able to use number to inform their play.

  • We will be learning about numbers and how to work with them in basic calculations. 

  • Count reliably with numbers from zero to 10, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

  • Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

  • Solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space & Measure

  • Your child will be taught to describe and recognise 2D shapes, 3D shapes and the location of objects, as well as form patterns and describe events in a chronological order.

  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

  • Recognise, create and describe patterns.

  • Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Important Reminders

  • That all children come to school wearing the correct uniform. This consists of grey or blue trousers, grey or navy skirt or pinafore, white shirt or polo shirt and navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan. These can be plain or with the school logo. Black school shoes should be worn (children should be able to put these on and take them off independently - velcro helps!).

  • Homework is set weekly for Phonics and Maths and will be set on Google Classroom. We encourage you to read with your child every day both for learning and pleasure.

  • Regular reading, writing and number practice at home has a massive impact on progress and confidence in class. 

  • Please practice your rainbow words by reading, writing and testing frequently. We celebrate achievements towards rainbow words on a display in class. 

  • Children must bring a water bottle to school each day. No snack items are needed as the school provides fresh fruit for the children.  

  • If your child has school dinners, any dietary requirements or foods they are not allowed must be communicated to the school office.

  • Hook Lane is NUT FREE. We would be extremely grateful if you could ensure that children do not bring any nut based products (including peanut butter) in with their packed lunch.

  • Please make sure that you have put in your online order if you would like your child to be given milk at school.

  • Please put your child's name on everything that they wear or bring in to school. The children do tend to take things off or misplace things

Home Resources

If you would like to continue the development of your child’s learning. Please use the suggested resources below:

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Contact Information

Your child’s blue Contact Book is regularly updated with information regarding your child’s education and homework as well as information regarding the school. Remember to regularly check the Contact Book to ensure that you receive all relevant communications from Hook Lane.

Reception teachers are also contactable during school drop-off and pick-up times, but if you do have a pressing concern, please do contact us via the school office and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.