English Literacy Vision Statement
At Meadows, we believe reading and writing is the gateway to all learning. All children within our school have a right to learn to read and write in order to develop essential life skills for modern Britain, which helps them flourish and reach their full potential. Through a creative, cross-curricular, experiential approach, children will gain a love of literacy, which will open doors to a wide range of opportunities and promote a lifelong love of learning. We will strive to develop and adapt our teaching to ensure that Meadows pupils are ready for an ever-changing world.
At Meadows we develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium to assess the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all our subjects.
Our pupils use writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Over time our pupil’s, develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. Children are given many creative opportunities for writing, which includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.
We, at Meadows believe that writing should be creative and fun, in order to get the best out of every child. Therefore, we ensure that children are given opportunities such as: theatre visits, cinema visits, museum trips, author visits, Heritage walks, to give their writing context and clear purpose.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 sit SATs tests in May for Spelling, punctuation and grammar. These tests are for children to demonstrate their learning from the whole of the Key Stage. The children’s writing is assessed by the school. We encourage pupils to see these tests as an opportunity to shine, showing themselves and others what they know.
Please use these links to useful websites for children to use, to help them prepare for SATS
There are many websites which have past papers available to download, but we do ask that you don’t use any papers from the last 3 years, as we use these at school to help with our assessments.