Read Write Inc.
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves.
Meridian Angel uses Read Write Inc to teach children to read and write. Children are taught in small groups with other children who are at the same reading level as him or her and may move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. We also provide one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up.
Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. We read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
We follow the Learning Challenge Curriculum in all classes, which have exciting termly topics. In English, Maths and Science we will teach our children the important skills they need to learn to do well at school and to be ready to move to their secondary school. All children study English, Maths for an hour every day, and Science is taught each week. We will also make sure that those who need extra help with their work will be supported by people who can do this well.
We will help our children to understand how different people around the world live and about the problems they may have. We will also learn about the things they like doing which are the same or different to us, to help our children understand that although there are many differences, there are also many things which are important to all of us.
We will also learn new skills in other areas like Sports, Drama, Art and Music, because we know that this will help us to take part in all the things our community can offer.
The curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all teaching staff. It is regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with DfE guidelines, the School Improvement Plan, recommendations from OFSTED and following consultation with Governors, parents, children and teaching staff.
Our Creative Curriculum (The Learning Challenge Curriculum) aims to:
- Equip the children with the knowledge skills & values they need.
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential and make progress in their learning
- Promote the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – linguistically, cognitively and socially
- Build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles
- Promote high standards and embed key skills of literacy and numeracy
- Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways
- Make learning more meaningful, by putting it into context
- Listen to pupil voice and involve pupils in planning and decision making
- Provide a creative approach to planning and delivery that will incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum
- Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom
- Promote British Values
- Promote pupils’ good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the curriculum through a ‘topic based’ approach.
Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:
- Maths – Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement, especially in Science, DT, ICT and Geography.
- English – Phonics, Guided Reading, Handwriting and Grammar are taught as discrete subjects, as well as in English lessons, as they build up basic skills. Cross-curricular links are made as appropriate, with work being recorded in class books.
- RE – RE is taught in accordance with the school RE policy, although links with topics have been made where appropriate.
- PSHE – Each term the whole school focuses on a particular value, such as friendship or honesty and circle time and class assemblies reflect this. There are also times during the year when the whole school focuses on particular areas such as Anti-Bullying Week, Staying Healthy and Internet and E-Safety.
- Music is taught as part of the Learning Challenge Curriculum, with opportunities for children to learn a musical instrument and to sing in a choir.
- PE- Children have 2 hours of high quality physical exercise per week.
Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through promotion of the outdoor curriculum, off-site visits and visitors into school.
Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, school website, displays in classrooms and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with the rest of the school.
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