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Meridian Primary School English
At Meridian Primary School we strive for every child to become fluent, skilled and attentive readers. We aim to develop children’s literacy skills through a composite programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing, which is not just taught specifically but throughout our entire curriculum approach. Content is primarily based on the objectives specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage profile and the English National Curriculum Programme of Study.
From September 2021 we will be using the Read Write Inc programme to teach phonics and reading in EYFS and KS1. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme, validated by the Department for Education.
We plan for and ensure all children have opportunities to listen to and respond to a wide range of traditional and contemporary stories. All year groups actively engage in different types of reading activities that support and develop reading for pleasure. During the day you may see children participating in one or more of these sessions:
Guided Reading sessions take place outside of English lessons 4 times a week for Key Stage 2 and every day in Key Stage 1. This is a time where children read with their teacher within a guided group session. On subsequent days that the children are not working either within the teachers guided group or responding to this session, they will be working on other reading based activities. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout both Key Stages using a number of techniques. All classes have a reading area designed to encourage children to engage with a range of texts.
Writing is a very important part of English and the whole curriculum. We hold weekly assemblies for all year groups to celebrate children’s individual achievements and our Star writer award.
Children have daily opportunities to engage in language games and activities to get them going and thinking before writing. They will regularly see the teacher modelling writing and children will contribute to shared writing. We use talk for writing strategies where children are supported in their writing through a variety of speaking and listening activities prior to putting pen to paper. Children discuss their thoughts and talk through features of texts and take part in oral story telling so they are very familiar with a story before they start to write it.
Children are taught a variety of text types (fiction and non-fiction) and are provided with regular opportunities to write their own versions. Some examples are stories, information texts, diary entries, and instructions. Grammar is taught in context, embedded in our writing and reading lessons.
In both Key Stages writing is based on the Phases of writing where an extended English session is delivered covering grammar skills through developing their key skills linked to VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) and SpaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
The No Nonsense Spelling and Spelling EdShed programmes support our teaching of spelling in Years 2 to Year 6. Children have the experience of the full writing processes, including editing and improving their work. The skills that children are taught underpin all other subjects. They enable children to communicate and express themselves in all areas of their work.
Teachers will always make cross-curricular links wherever appropriate and will plan for pupils to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding that they have acquired during English to other areas of the curriculum.
Handwriting is another important element of writing. We use the Letter Join handwriting programme and children are taught and encouraged to join up their letters from year 2 onwards. http://www.letterjoin.co.uk/
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening skills are taught throughout the curriculum and children are taught to become excellent communicators and to actively listen and speak with confidence. Here are some of the strategies that we use:
Helping your child at home
Right from the start children take books home regularly and it is important for them to read with parents throughout their time in school. We also encourage our older children to read at least 10 pages per day to develop better fluency and understanding.