Words in English are made up of sounds, or phonemes. From the children's first arrival, they are taught to recognise these sounds and use them in reading and writing. At Greenmeadow, Systematic synthetic phonics (Letters and Sounds) is taught daily in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, and in Key Stage 2 for those who still need it. The programs used to deliver phonics are the Department for Education recommended "Letters and Sounds" programme.
Children are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge in all reading and writing activities.
Drama and oral presentation form a key part of our English work. If you can't talk it, you can't write it! Children are given plenty of opportunity to use role-play, spoken narration and debate to develop their ideas, including the use of computing to record their work. They develop these skills very well, as demonstrated in our various dramatic productions and poetry festivals.
In each class at Greenmeadow, children read, explore and write a wide variety of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Writing ideas are generated from picture books, animation, music, art and varied texts. They are always chosen to be interesting and relevant to the children. Children write together as a class, as a group and individually and develop the skills of improving their own work and giving constructive feedback to others.