Our classrooms promote reading with an inviting and rich reading area; where our children can snuggle up with a good book. We have listened to children's views and provided books that they like to read. For example, in Year 4, there is a selection of Minecraft and Lego books, which the children really enjoy reading.
There is also a wide range of books linked to the class topic to encourage our children to research and read for facts and information.
We subscribe to 'First News,' and each class has newspapers to encourage our children to debate about current affairs.
Each class has a 'Story Teller Chair,' that we use when we retell stories.
In Key Stage 2, each class studies a class novel each term, and through 'Book Talk,' we discuss characters and make predictions.
In addition to this, in class we have a basket of 'Books We Love to Read.' These books we know really well and like to listen to them again and again, so much so, that we can retell them orally. In Year 4, they like to hear the book 'Eric,' by Shaun Tan.
Reading in class is FUN!
In Key Stage 2, Friday afternoons finish with Fiction Express, an online e-book. Each week we read a new chapter then vote for how we want the story to continue. Children are able to log in at home and read the chapters and vote too.
Each year we participate in 'Read for My School,' an online e-book competition. For the past two years we have won 200 books for our school; due to all the keen reading by our children.
This year 'Read for My School,' began on January 19th and will continue until the end of March.
During lunch time, there is a 'Read for My School Club.'
We celebrated 'Story Teller Week.' We invited into school our Parents/Carers to read stories. Our Story Tellers sat in our 'Story Teller Chair,' and read their favourite stories. It was great to see the children enjoy listening to others read stories.
To support children with reading, we provide fun reading clubs at lunch times. Children in Key Stage 1, discover reading by using 'Story Sacks.'
'Reading Raptors' and 'Reading Rockets' groups receive additional guided reading and 1:1 reading sessions.
In Years 3 and 4, 'Read Write Inc,' intervention supports gaps in phonics and in Year 5 and 6, 'Sounds Write,' intervention is delivered.
Additional sessions are taught to support children to achieve Level 3 and Level 6 in Years 2 and 6.
In addition to this, we strive to develop boys' and girls' reading through their interests and provide books that are stimulating and engaging.
Spoken language is at the forefront of our curriculum.
At Kings Meadow Primary School, we take pride in providing each child with the opportunity to speak aloud and believe in themselves to voice their own opinions. We develop children's confidence through exciting initiatives that we plan such as 'One Day Drama' work shops, 'No Pens Wednesday,' Performance Poetry Week, Christmas Performances and Class Assemblies.
We plan across the curriculum using the statutory requirements; we have a separate plan to plan our Spoken Language activities, such as debates, discussions, group work and presentations. We record all spoken language activities in our class 'Spoken Language Books.'
In our classrooms, we promote Standard English. We have a 'Banished Words Poster,' which we use to banish words that are incorrect, such as 'runned,' and then we discuss the correct word to use- 'ran.' We also display Standard English prompts as reminders. As a whole school, we promote and reinforce the correct usage of English language.
Our excellent Speech & Language Resource Unit, develops children's speech and language on their needs which is reinforced within class by the Class Teacher.
Children at Kings Meadow Primary School are at the forefront of Spoken Language; take a look at what we do!
Maths – the Universal Language
At Kings Meadow Primary we aim to make maths interesting and relevant. We promote enjoyment and confidence by making maths exciting.
Magic Maths sessions take place throughout KS1 and 2 and are in addition to maths lessons. The sessions aim to give pupils time outside the maths lesson to work on mental strategies and consolidate number strategies they have already learned. There are three main areas of focus:
Magic Maths sessions last 15-20 minutes and always follow this format. The activities are varied and help children to practise skills they have already been taught and then apply them to different problems and puzzles. All children have the capability to be Mathemagicians!
BIG Maths forms an integral part of BIG Fridays here at Kings Meadow! In Years 2-6 children complete a skills check to practise working with number. During the first session in the morning children complete the activity. The children use prompt booklets to remind them of strategies they can use to calculate the correct answers.
In the afternoon the children work in groups to go over concepts to help them improve the skills that they found the hardest.
To motivate the children, the results are banded; red, yellow or green. This is then tracked and all children aim towards ‘Going Green’. The skills check has helped give children confidence and essential time to consolidate number skills they have been learning.
Times Tables Awards - New for Spring 2016!
As you may be aware from the media and our school website the importance of times tables in the mathematics curriculum has been given greater emphasis and importance since the new curriculum was launched in 2014/15.
As a school we have recognised the importance of mental maths capabilities for some time and in a commitment to improving the children’s mental maths skills we have ‘Magic Maths’ sessions in addition to maths lessons in Years 1 to 6.
The curriculum requires children to know their tables up to twelve by the end of Year 4. In school we encourage times tables practise through singing, chanting, counting and a variety of games. Resources can be found on the school website through the mathematics curriculum and school development pages.
To recognise and reward the children’s efforts and achievements in learning tables we are launching a new award system. The system continues our achievement policy of awarding levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Times Tables Award process will start in Year 2.
How does it work?
Pupils should nominate themselves in school to be tested for an award. They will be tested individually and if successful an appropriately coloured star will be added to this award card.
A Bronze award will be given for being able to complete a multiplication table without error e.g. One times three is three, two times three is six, three time three is nine….
A Silver award will be given for being able to give answers to random multiplication questions e.g. What is five times five? What are five eights?
A Gold award will be given for being able to provide answers to division questions associated with the times table e.g. What is 49 divided by seven? How many sevens are there in 21?
When all tables are completed to Bronze, Silver and Gold standard the pupil will receive their Times Table Award Badge.
Year 1 – Stay and Count
To give parents ideas and strategies to help support at home, we recently hosted a ‘Stay and Count’ event for parents and carers of children in Year 1.
The session was very busy and started off in Beech Class (Year 1) with visiting LA Maths Intervention Officer, Steve Rees. Mr. Rees led games and activities for the children to carry out with their parent/carer.
Following the session in the class room, Mr. Rees gave a presentation to parents and carers giving simple, however effective ideas to help children develop early number skills. We also enjoyed a well-earned cuppa and biscuits!
Years 2-6 – Calculation evening
To launch our new curriculum compliant Calculation Policy we hosted an evening event to talk parents and carers through the stages of calculation progression. LA Maths Intervention Officer, Steve Rees, modelled and explained our policy giving examples and opportunities for parents to have a go. As always the hard work was rewarded with a plentiful supply of refreshments!
My Money Week
‘My Money Week’ is a national activity week designed to improve young people’s financial skills, knowledge and confidence through special lessons, activities and debates. As a school we took part in 2015 ‘My Money Week’ on 8th – 14th June. Children were taught financial skills and deepened their awareness of money to prepare for life in modern Britain.