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English Annual Report to Governors 2015-16

Eleanor Orson, Writing Leader and Year 3 Class Teacher

Children at Meadlands love writing and this is clear as soon as you walk through our doors! You will find star writer boards displayed outside every classroom and enticing writing corners along the corridor spaces! We love to write and writing opportunities are there from Nursery. In Reception we promote writing through writing areas and role play. We had a very successful reading week where many of the children made their own books and then published the work within their books. Writing is at the heart of what we do here at Meadlands and flows through our topic work too.


Claire Davies, Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader. We have a reading scheme which runs throughout the school, exciting books to engage early readers and a wide variety of chapter books for the fluent independent readers. As well as embedding a love of reading, we teach discrete phonics lessons in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (and catch up lessons for those children who need extra support in Key Stage 2.)  Early phonics is taught through the hugely successful scheme Read, Write, Inc. Meadlands also takes part in a borough reading competition in Years 2 and 4 entitled, “Battle of the Books”. In 2016 Meadlands won the KS1 Battle of the Books competition for the first year, beating off stiff competition from other schools.


Nursery, Key Stage 1 and 2 have their own special libraries, as well as this we have very strong links with Ham library and with local authors, such as Mary Evans.


English lessons at Meadlands can be inspired by anything: a walk in our school grounds, a piece of music, a favourite toy or a treasured photograph – but at the centre of all of this you will find a book. A carefully chosen piece of quality literature that not only offers a hook for children’s writing but flows into our creative curriculum. 


Looking For a Good Book?

What are our teachers reading? Miss Davies is reading Varjak Paw by S F Said at the moment

Here are our suggestions to start you off…


Foundation Stage:

Abigail-By Catherine Rayner

Alfie Gets in First-By Shirley Hughes

Avocado Baby-By John Burningham

Counting-By Alison Jay

Elmer-By David McKee

Katie's Picture Show-By James Mayhew


Key stage 1

A Place to Call Home –  By Alexis Deacon

Amazing Grace – By Mary Hoffman

Bears Don’t Read –  By Emma Chichester Clark

Burglar Bill – By Allan Ahlberg

Flat Stanley – By Jeff Brown

Katie Morag, Of Course!-By MairiHedderwick

Lion at School and other stories-By Philippa Pearce

Little Evie in the Wild Wood-By Jackie Morris

Major Glad, Major Dizzy-By Jan Oke

Orion and the Dark-By Emma Yarlett

The Colour of Home-By Hoffman, Mary

The Jolly Postman-By Allan Ahlberg

The Magic Finger-By Roald Dahl


Year's 3 – 4

Danny the Champion of the World-By Roald Dahl

Gregory Cool -By Caroline Binch

The Wolf's Story-By Toby Forward

I Was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers-By Philip Pullman

Into the Forest-By Anthony Browne

Jemmy Button-By Jennifer Uman

Leon and the Place Between-By Angela McAllister

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters-By John Steptoe

One Dog and his Boy-By Eva Ibbotson

Small Change for Stuart-By Lissa Evans

The Green Ship-By Quentin Blake

The Iron Man-By Ted Hughes

The Lion and the Unicorn-By Shirley Hughes

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-By Kate DiCamillo


Year's 5 – 6

Clockwork or All Wound Up-By Philip Pullman

Cosmic-By Frank Cottrell Boyce

Daughters of Time-By Mary Hoffman

Goggle-Eyes-By Anne Fine

Goodnight Mister Tom-By Michelle Magorian

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone-By J K Rowling

Journey to the River Sea-By Eva Ibbotson

New and Collected Poems for Children-By Carol Ann Duffy

Phoenix-By S F Said

Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear-By TomiUngerer

Short! A Book of Very Short Stories-By Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Fire-Eaters-By David Almond


2017 - 2018

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This years Poetry Slam final will be held on Friday 22.3.18.  Watch this space for photos .....

2016 - 2017

Today, 16.3.17, we held our first ever Poetry Slam finals.  The children were absolutely amazing and bought many a tear to staff's eyes.

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2015 - 2016

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On Wednesday 25 March we had a family creative writing workshop run by Mary Evans.  We learnt how to be creative, write a really interesting story and had a lot of fun in the process, as you can see by our photos!
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basic skills agency quality mark 4 healthy schools london bronze award eco-schools award lets get cooking accredited 2013 sainsbury's school games gold 2015/16 Primary Science Quality Mark Silver