What is the 'English Area' ?
Here at Meopham, the English Leader role is shared between Mrs Heasman (Assistant Headteacher for Early Years and KS1) and Mrs Parke (Assistant Headteacher for KS2.
The role of English Leader could be summarised as follows:
- To lead the teaching of English in order to secure high quality teaching and learning and the effective use of resources to bring about improved standards of achievement for all pupils.
Our English Leaders are charged with developing, implementing, monitoring and maintaining English teaching policies and practices which reflect the school’s commitment to high achievement and which are consistent with national and school strategies and policies.
Our English Leaders initiate schemes of work that offer appropriate challenges to all pupils and, upon evaluation, demonstrate that they have been successful in enabling the pupils to make good progress.
Our English Policy is available on our website here:
This page will be used to advertise the reading and writing schemes that we use here at Meopham Community Academy to improve the attainment and progress of our pupils in English.
Mrs H Parke / Mrs K Heasman
Joint English Leaders
How we teach handwriting
At Meopham Community Academy we recognise the importance for children to learn to write fluently and legibly. In order to achieve this, children are taught to write in a cursive style from Reception all the way through to Year 6. In order that you can support your child with their handwriting, we have published the cursive alphabet that we use here at Meopham:
Handwriting in Reception
Handwriting in Key Stage 1
KS1 is the time to introduce new letterforms (capital letters, numbers, printed letters and punctuation) and Letter-join animates all of these to show the correct formation and provides ready-made worksheets for labelling and form-filling using capital and printed letters.
Letter-join Home/School Access
In Key Stage 2 children work towards achieving a pen licence. This means that they no longer have to write in pencil but may write using a pen which is provided by the school. In order to achieve this children should master the following skills taken from the national curriculum:
Give Me 5!
Give Me Five is a whole school initiative which focuses on encouraging reading at home five of the seven days in a week.
Research from the National Literacy Trust highlights the importance of reading:
Young people who get a lot of encouragement to read at home are more likely to enjoy reading, to read frequently, to have positive attitudes towards reading and to believe that reading is important to succeed in life
Each week we will be asking that your child aims to read to an adult at home five out of the seven possible days therefore filling up five boxes in their reading record book. Of course, if you and your child want to read everyday then that is definitely allowed - we suggest a minimum of 15 minutes per day for children in Key Stage 2.
Each day that your child reads at home, please date and leave comment. Then, at the end of the school week, your child's teacher will check the reading record book to look for 'Give Me Five'. Any children who have read five times during that week will get a sticker in their reading record to acknowledge their efforts.
Children who read five times a week will be awarded an extra ‘Brilliant Blue’ raffle ticket and be entered into their class raffle for a chance of winning a little prize.
We hope that this initiative will enable your children to continue to enjoy their reading at home. If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact Mrs Heasman via a message in your child's contact book.
In Summer 2017 we introduced 'Reading Buddies'.
Year 6 children are partnered with pupils in Years 4 and 5. The older children are trained by myself to help their partner choose an appropriate book, read with them and discuss what they have read.
The aim of this initiative is to promote the enjoyment of reading and to develop good reading habits. The children are encouraged to choose a comfortable place to enjoy sharing books together.
The Year 6 children are all members of my 'Gold Readers' group (see below for more information).
'Gold Readers' is an initiative which targets the most able readers in Year 6. The aim is to encourage the children to read and discuss a wide-range of genres and authors and develop higher-level reading skills.
They are given access to a selection of books chosen for their challenging language and/or themes. These books are located on the 'Year 6 Gold Readers' golden shelf in the KS2 corridor and the children are able to choose books from here at any time.
The groups meet once a week in the Year 6 library.
Meopham School Reading Mentors
Reading Mentors are coming in from Meopham School on a weekly-basis to listen to readers in different classes at Meopham Community Academy. This will benefit our pupils in developing their reading skills and the students from Meopham School in helping develop their teaching skills. This is one of several projects that we have set up with our local secondary school.
Peer-to-Peer Editing Initiative
We have recently introduced Peer-to-Peer editing in our lower Key Stage 2 classes. This is an initiative where we release Year 6 children, during English time, to help children in Year 3 and Year 4 to self-edit and improve their independent writing.
This is a successful scheme whereby we invite parents who are kindly able to give up an hour of their day to come in and read with children in Key Stage 1. With tutoring from our teachers, the parents are also asked to discuss with the child what they have read. This enables our children to demonstrate their understanding of the text. If you would like to become a parent helper, simply follow this link: