All children have daily English lessons. In Foundation Stage, this may take place throughout the day, whilst in Years 1 – 6, a dedicated lesson and further cross-curricular opportunities are designed to develop the children’s writing and reading skills. In KS2, separate guided and independent reading activities also take place every day.
We encourage children to listen attentively and respond to stories, plays and poems. They have many opportunities to discuss, explain and describe situations whilst also listening to the viewpoints of others. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings through drama, and through reciting poems and stories.
In writing the children learn to communicate meaning in both narrative and non-narrative forms. They will be taught about composition, planning, drafting and editing, punctuation, spelling, and handwriting. They will learn about writing for a range of purposes and a variety of readers through using different styles. They will be encouraged to write in a range of genres and develop skills to enable them to write, and re-draft and edit their work.
We aim for all children to become fluent, independent, enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction texts. The children will be taught a range of reading strategies including phonic knowledge, grammatical awareness, word recognition and contextual understanding. Children will have opportunities to read and respond to a range of literature and non-fiction texts.
At Meadowdale French is taught by a specialist teacher to all of our key stage 2 children in blocks across the year. Key Stage 1 children have the opportunity to take part in a fun after school club to introduce them to learning a new language.
We use a range of activities to support children’s learning including games, songs, stories, puppets and role play, and actions and visual cues to reinforce memory of new vocabulary. Our teaching covers a range of topics including greetings, counting, colours, celebrations, clothes, pets and family.
We build children’s confidence to say, read and write words, phrases and sentences, to ask and answer questions and give opinions. Lessons are reflective, encouraging children to draw on their previous language experience and skills to embed new learning.
We want to foster a curiosity and enthusiasm for language learning and the opportunity to develop an understanding of other countries and cultures.
We are delighted that our school has a link with a partner school in Strasbourg as this means that each child from year 4 onwards has a pen friend who they can write to and exchange information with about school, hobbies, birthdays etc. This is a great ‘real life’ opportunity to use the French we have been learning.
Children are encouraged to make observations, to use a range of materials, tools and techniques, and to explore the use of colour, line, tone, pattern and texture.
They will have the opportunity to design, paint, draw, print and make models. They will also learn about the work of well-known artists. We seek to provide children with the skills to express their feelings as well as to create high quality artwork.
Within Music the children will gain an understanding of sound and rhythm through listening to and playing a variety of instruments.
There will also be many opportunities to sing, compose, listen to music and learn about different composers. There are opportunities for children in Key Stage 2 to have instrumental lessons with specialist teachers. The school also currently runs extra-curricular choirs for KS1 and KS2, ukulele and guitar clubs. We hold an annual Music Evening for parents to showcase our children’s fantastic range of musical talents.