Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Reading and Writing
In Reception and Year 1 children are taught using a "phonics first" approach to quickly develop reading and writing skills. They have a daily "Letters and Sounds" lesson where they learn grapheme/ phoneme correspondence, the skills of segmenting and blending and build up a sight vocabulary of "tricky" words. Phonically decodable reading books are provided for reading in school and at home (The school uses the "Phonic Bug" and "Bug Club" schemes).
As children progress, "phonics first" remains at the heart of our approach but from Year 2 onwards they begin to develop their etymological and morphemic knowledge through spelling and reading lessons. They gradually establish rules and strategies for spelling and reading longer, more complex words. They learn how to use context to establish meaning of new vocabulary and develop a wide range of comprehension skills.
Children also learn how to write neatly and fluently with a cursive script right from the start. Writing as readers and reading as writers helps them to develop understanding of a wide range
of genres allowing them to become effective communicators.
The last year has seen significant changes to how we teach maths based on our developing understanding of the new national curriculum that was introduced in 2014. Maths is now taught using a "Mastery" model with planning based around key concepts rather than procedures. The aim is for pupils to develop fluency through understanding.Pupils are taught to reason and problem solving.We also aim to teach in such a way that all our children come to understand that everyone can learn maths to a high standard.
Maths Information for Parents
Please use the links below for more information on how we teach maths in Reception, Year 1 & 2:
Year Group Overviews
Please use the links below to see an overview of the Maths curriculum for each year group
- Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day
Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on Wednesday 19th June for Alzheimer's Society. Children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate, please come dressed in school uniform.
- PTA School Discos - Update
'Thank you' To everyone who supported the discos which took place on Friday 17th May. Both discos were very well attended with a record amount of £786.06 being raised for school funds.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale - Update
Well done & thank you to the Year 6 children who organised a cake sale on Wednesday 15th May; a fantastic £50.00 has been raised for the charity.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale
On Wednesday 15th May, 2019 some of our Year 6 children are holding a cake sale. Cakes will be on sale at morning break for a minimum donation of 20p per cake. We would be very grateful if donations of cakes can be brought in to school.
- U11 Boys Football Finalists!
Huge congratulations to our U11 Boys football team for reaching the final of the Shrewsbury Severn Cup. The final will be played at the Shrewsbury Town Football Club Stadium on Friday 10th May, 2019. Kick off at 3.00pm. Good luck boys!
Latest School Events
- Foxes Class Swimming Lesson18Jun2019
9:00 am - 10:50 am @ Prestfelde School
Foxes Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.
- Year 5 Arthog Outreach Outdoor & Adventurous Activity Day - Group Three18Jun2019
@ Grinshill, Clive
Some of our Year 5 children are taking part in some outdoor adventurous activities, such as rock climbing, with Arthog Outreach.
- Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day19Jun2019
@ Mereside School
Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on the playground at morning break (minimum donation of 20p). In addition to the cake sale children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate £1 please come dressed in normal school uniform.
- September 2019 New Intake Welcome Meeting19Jun2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Mereside School
Welcome meeting for Parents/Carers of children starting school in September 2019.
- Shrewsbury School Games KS1 School Games Day20Jun2019
9:30 am - 2:00 pm @ Prestfelde School
Some of our Year 2 children are taking part in a variety of sporting events