Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school.
Every subject depends on the ability to read comprehensively. We want your child
to embrace reading with confidence and conviction. Reading will open children’s
minds to a world of knowledge and inspiration.
Meridian Angel uses The Little Wandel Letters and Sounds programme, the programme has been written to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Ofsted Deep Dive into reading and preparing your children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check. For more information about our Phonics programme please see https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/. For resources to help support your child at home please follow https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
The youngest children have daily timetabled phonic sessions and one-to-one support is provided for any child who needs extra support in order to keep up across the school.
Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be
written down. This is essential for reading and learning to spell. The children also
practice reading and spelling ‘tricky words’ such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and
‘where’. The children practice their reading with books that match the phonics and
the ‘tricky words’ they are learning and are familiar with.
Story time is timetabled each day in every class exposing children to different
types of stories, poetry and information books. New vocabulary is taught and
practiced in context so children become confident to use it in both their reading
and writing and during conversation.
Spelling is taught discretely throughout the school. Spelling tests are given weekly
and may be differentiated. The tests consist of words or word patterns which have
been taught, high frequency words, common exception words from the
National Curriculum along with subject specific language which may be linked to different areas of the curriculum. We follow the Silcock spelling scheme which is aligned with the 2014 Curriculum.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
The National Curriculum programme of study for Vocabulary, Grammar and
Punctuation is taught discretely across the school.
We aim to teach our children the importance of presentation. We teach how to produce neat handwriting and expect that all children take pride in the work that they produce. We follow the Penpals writing scheme,
which develops a cursive style.
Reading is given high priority at Meridian Angel. Daily lessons encourage a
passion for reading through the use of high quality texts, which in turn develops
and broadens children vocabulary. It also aims to develop children’s understanding and comprehension through a of a variety of genres through teacher led class discussions, role-play and drama. Each class has a well resourced book corner including dual-language books for children to access throughout the day. The school have a library that children can visit weekly to enjoy a wide range of texts.
High quality, age appropriate texts are used to plan for writing across all genres.
They captivate children’s imagination, through drama, art and discussion to
strengthen their skills and foster the love of writing. Writing is modelled by the
teacher and the use of English Working Walls help children understand the process
of successful writing.