ENGLISH AT MEADOWS FIRST SCHOOL
Click the link to learn about the teaching of English in the school.
To support the teaching of reading and writing in the Early Years, we teach phonics at Meadows using a programme called 'Letters and Sounds'. Click here to find out more about the teaching of phonics. CLICK HERE for another link with some information on Phonics:
It is important for children to learn how to form their letters correctly; we use cursive writing from Year 1 at Meadows.
To begin with, children need to be able to hold their pencil correctly and need to develop pencil control.
Here are some ideas to help your child with their handwriting. This is a powerpoint that shows you how to form letters correctly.
Here is a useful video to help the children know how to form their letters correctly. Correct letter formation is required to reach the expected standard by the end of Year 2.
Writing Knowledge Organisers
Grammar and Punctuation Knowledge Organisers
In the early stages, help your child to focus on sounds in words rather than letter names. You could ask them to read a word before breaking it down into separate sounds. For example, fear would be f ... ear. Encourage them to notice other words that have the same spelling of that sound. When they spell, encourage them to recall the letters that make the sound ear. As your child progresses they will discover that there are sounds in the English language that can be spelt in many different ways. Some letter combinations can also be pronounced differently too, such as owl/snow.
Here are copies of the sound mats; these help children to remember which letters make up each sound.
Letter names are useful when learning to spell ‘tricky’ or ‘common exception’ words. These are words where the usual phonics or spelling rules don’t apply, making them hard to decode or spell. Some of these words are used frequently, for example:
was said once
At Meadows, we use a variety of reading schemes to support children as they develop into confident, fluent readers. These are colour coded and organised to match closely with the children's developing knowledge of phonics. Pupils are able to move through each level systematically and at their own pace. We believe that by using more than one reading scheme, the children are exposed to a wider range of reading material.
We also have have colour banded books in Key Stage 2. Once the children's confidence, fluency and understanding develops, they move up through each colour level until they are able to choose 'free readers'. These are not colour coded but may have stickers indicating their level of difficulty. These are intended to guide pupils when selecting books that are appropriate to their reading level. We encourage children to read a wide a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. This is supported by trips to the local library as well as our school libraries.
At Meadows we believe that learning doesn't have to stay in school. As parents you can all help your children develop and progress more and more in the comfort of your own home, on a train journey, even on an aeroplane in the holidays - simply by reading books. You don't even have to stick to school books. Any books, magazines or newspapers all help. Go on ... grab a book
Please find below suggested reading lists for each year group:
Reading Knowlege Organisers
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Every child at Meadows has a login so they can access their own account. In KS1 the login is in the Reading Record book, in KS2, you will find your child's login at the back of their planner.
Use the url www.networcs.net to access the Worcestershire Learning Gateway, enter the child's user name and click 'Log in'. The pictures for the password will appear. Links to Education City and other fun sites can be found here.
If your child has lost their login please feel free to come and speak to their class teacher.
Other helpful online sites