At Meryfield Primary School, English underpins the curriculum; the ability to read, write and to communicate well enables all other areas of the curriculum to become accessible. We aim to put English at the heart of our creative curriculum by using English skills to research other subjects, and by using other subjects as the purpose for English work.
English lessons are comprised of a balance of reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening and are taught every day. In Reception and Key Stage One children are taught synthetic phonics following the guidelines set out in the new English curriculum and using Letters and Sounds as a key resource. A wide variety of carefully differentiated texts are used to support the children in their development in reading.
The children are encouraged to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to express themselves confidently through conversation, class discussion and drama.
Pupils are given opportunities to read from a wide range of material for enjoyment and to locate information. All children are encouraged to read daily in and out of school.
Pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, producing both fiction and non-fiction genres. They are given opportunities to explain, recount events and to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. Every effort is made to ensure that children develop a legible, fluent style of handwriting.
The subject is also supported by the use of Computing.