As part of our commitment to promoting reading we set a challenge for the summer holidays in the form of a reading bingo challenge. There were a range of reading challenges that encouraged reading outdoors, with others and book borrowing or swapping.
Children who completed the challenge were celebrated in a special assembly where they were presented with a certificate. They were entered into a ‘reading lotto’ to be in with the chance of winning an age appropriate book. No one left empty handed though, those who were unlucky prize draw were awarded a Head Teachers Privilege Card!
Reading in Class
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. 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.
In Key Stage 2, each class studies a class novel each term, and through 'Book Talk,' we discuss characters and make predictions.
Year 4, 5 and 6 are part of the 'Accelerated Reading' scheme. This has proved to be very popular with the children as they have a choice of books and are motivated to achieve full marks on their book quiz. Quizzes are taken using and IPad and the children are rewarded for 100% scores. See class pages for more information.
Reading in class is FUN!
We have two new pupils at Kings Meadow! Welcome to Frida Book and Rida Book (pronounced Reader). The twins have come to our school as they love reading and have heard that we are fantastic at reading. They enjoy listening to us reading aloud and sharing books.
Each week the bears visit the two classes that are showing the greatest effort and determination with reading. So lets remember to read at home regularly and bring our books into school daily.
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 '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!
Our new system will be as follows:
Spellings (Years 1-6) will be issued weekly on a Monday.
A Spelling Test will take place the following Monday.
All children will have a home, school spelling book.
Your child’s test scores will be recorded in the book (at the rear).
How can I help my child?
Make sure they bring their book in every Monday. Practise reading and writing their spellings. We are using the SPUD system – Say it, Practise it, Use it, Does it look right?
Encourage your child to practise frequently both writing and spelling aloud. When writing, it is important to check that your child is forming their letters in the cursive style.
For information on Handwriting at Kings Meadow click the PDF information booklet below.