We use the Letters and Sounds scheme of work to teach Phonics across school.  This begins in Pre-School continues through to Year 1 with children consolidating their understanding of the spelling rules in Year 2.  Spelling work continues throughout Key Stage Two.  Please see the Phonics Policy for further details. 


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One(Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two(Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three(Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four(Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five(Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six(Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
Reading and Writing skills underpin all the learning we do.  At The Meadows School we are committed to ensuring all children have access to high quality texts to inspire and engage.  Please see the Writing, Spelling, Reading and Phonics policy for more information on how English is taught across school.  
Across school children use Collins Busy Ant maths.  This resource supports the children to develop their understanding of the number system; shape, space and measure; statistics and algebra.  We believe it is important for children to be able to demonstrate their learning in maths so opportunities are provided across the curriculum for children to apply their mathematical understanding to its real life application.  Please see the Maths and Calculation Policy for more details on how maths is taught across school.  
 It is important that the children have access to a theoretical and practical understanding of Science. At the Meadows School Science is taught weekly to all pupils.  Children have the opportunity to investigate and test their theories.  The school follows the Collins Snap Science schemes.  Please see the science policy for more information.  
Foundation Subjects 
History, Geography, Music, Art, DT, RE, PSHE, PE and French
PE, French, RE and PSHE are taught discreetly in our school however, History, Geography, Art and DT are taught through a topic which links the different subjects together.  Please see the Curriculum Map for topics and areas covered in each of these subjects in each year group.