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

Year 1 Maths Overview

Year 2 Maths Overview

Year 3 Maths Overview

Year 4 Maths Overview

Year 5 Maths Overview

Year 6 Maths Overview 


Latest News

  • Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day - Update
    'Well done' & 'Thank you' to our Year 6 girls who organised the cake sale & non-uniform day in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A fantastic £351.48 has been raised.
  • 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.
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Latest School Events

Badgers Class Swimming Lesson17Sep2019

9:00 am - 10:45 am @ Prestfelde School

Badgers Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.

Meole Brace Secondary School Morning Tours17Sep2019

9:15 am - 20 sep, 11:00 am @ Meole Brace Secondary School

Morning tours for Year 6 pupils, their parents/carers and families to have a look around the school. Tours are by appointment only; to book a tour please contact Meole Brace School, 01743 235961.

Year 2 Arthog Outreach Team Building Activities Day18Sep2019

@ Mereside School

As part of our outdoor education development, Arthog Outreach will be in school running team building & problem solving activities with our Year 2 children.

Meole Brace Secondary School Open Evening18Sep2019

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm @ Meole Brace Secondary School

An opportunity for our Year 6 pupils, their Parents/Carers and families to have a look around the school.

PTA AGM Meeting18Sep2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Mereside School

This meeting is open to all parents/carers who would like to share ideas and help raise funds for the school. Please come along; everyone welcome!

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