English at The Meadows 

We study English at The Meadows so that we can learn how to communicate well. Reading is the key to unlocking the curriculum and gives us the power to discover new things for ourselves.



Communication and language development focuses primarily on developing an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form. Therefore, our English curriculum includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, drama and the learning of a modern foreign language, French.

Curriculum Overviews for English

The documents below provide an overview of the teaching of English at The Meadows. We hope that you find them useful in supporting your child. 

File icon: pdf The Meadows Reading Progression 2020 [pdf 980KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf The Meadows Writing Progression 2020 [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Genres Map KS1-KS2 [pdf 257KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 1 [pdf 493KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 2 [pdf 477KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 3 [pdf 423KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 4 [pdf 489KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 5 [pdf 420KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English Autumn Term Plan Year 6 [pdf 797KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP Spring Year 1 [pdf 430KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP Spring 1 Year 2 [pdf 276KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP Spring Year 3 [pdf 340KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP Year 4 Spring 2021 [pdf 586KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP Spring 1 Year 5 [pdf 270KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf English LTP - Spring Year 6 [pdf 667KB] Click to download

Reading and Vocabulary Development

Reading is the key to the rest of the curriculum, and we strive to ensure that all children to become fluent readers. Our desire is for all children to develop a love of reading and extensive comprehension skills in both fiction and non-fiction. In the Early Years and Key Stage One, children read phonically-decodable reading books drawn from the Dandelion Readers scheme as their starting point. This ensures that sounds learned can be practised within a context at a consistent pace. Further reading scheme books are structured using the Book Bands system and Oxford Reading Tree schemes in particular. Our reading spine sets out a range of high-quality, challenging texts for each year group. All children have access to these, and they are used within the planning and teaching sequences throughout the school. They are also used to ensure that children meet a variety of new words and build a rich vocabulary. Early phonics teaching progresses from letter sounds to spelling rules, and an understanding of grammar is built upon throughout the primary years so that children are able to communicate clearly for a range of different purposes and audiences.

Our Reading Spine and Recommended Reading Lists

Our reading spine lists key texts shared and taught in each year group. Our reading lists provide suggested titles for each year group for home, shared and independent reading. We hope that you will find them helpful. 

File icon: pdf Reading Spine KS2 [pdf 170KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reading Spine FS and KS1 [pdf 173KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception Reading List [pdf 245KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Reading List [pdf 269KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 Reading List [pdf 232KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 3 reading list [pdf 465KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 4 reading list [pdf 318KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 reading list [pdf 676KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 6 reading list [pdf 652KB] Click to download


Children can only write successfully if they have something to say, and our approach emphasises good models for speaking and listening as a starting point. We encourage children to talk regularly about their learning, and to engage in discussion throughout sessions. The development of vocabulary is also essential, and we teach children how to gather new words, explore their meanings and use them in their own writing. After each sequence of learning, children complete a ‘Write Away’ task, which gives them an independent opportunity to put their skills into practice for real purposes and audiences. Teaching in reading and writing are linked, and we encourage children to ‘read as writers’ and ‘write as readers’ in order to fully understand and interact with text.

Phonics, Spelling and Grammar

Encouraging children to be successful independent readers and writers is a fundamental part of learning at the Meadows. Children are equipped with all the skills they need to flourish in their reading and writing through fun, engaging and stimulating experiences. To ensure that all children develop into accomplished literary learners we continuously revisit and build upon vital concepts through our teaching of phonics, spelling and grammar.


In the early learning of reading and writing, we place great emphasis on high quality phonics teaching. We follow the phonics programme Monster Phonics, which is a whole-class, systematic synthetic phonics programme. Children learn all the sounds they need in order to successfully decode, blend and segment unfamiliar words. These sounds are called phonemes and in order for children to develop as fluent readers, it is important that they can:

  • hear and recognise each phoneme in isolation and within words
  • relate each phoneme to letters or groups of letters (graphemes)
  • recognise that words can be broken down (segmented) into sounds and rebuilt (blending)

At the Meadows, phonics teaching begins in Little Learners, where the children become attuned to the sounds around them and begin to develop oral blending and segmenting skills. During Reception and Key Stage One, the subsequent phonemes are introduced at pace through practical, enjoyable and active teaching strategies. Due to the fact that we value the importance of phonics as the foundation of successful reading and writing, we continuously revisit and consolidate the skills taught throughout Key Stage One, and into Key Stage Two. Children have access to phonically-decodable reading books that link to the sounds being taught, enabling them to practise reading and saying sounds in context. 


We encourage the children to use their phonic knowledge to aid them with their spelling choices from the early stages of their learning journey. The children are constantly supported to hear the sounds in words they are trying to spell and make choices that are suitable to their stage. As the children become confident and secure with their sounds, we enable them to make more accurate choices in their spelling. Spelling patterns and rules are introduced using the Word Power approach towards the end of Key Stage One. They are then built upon and developed throughout Key Stage Two. We have high expectations of the children’s spelling and therefore we encourage the correct spelling of high frequency words throughout all areas of the curriculum.


In order for the children to see themselves as accomplished writers, we value the importance of teaching grammar at The Meadows. It is vital that children learn a variety of writing structures and understand what does and does not make sense. This begins in Reception and Key Stage One with the introduction of the simple, but fundamental writing tools: capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. As the children progress throughout the school, they are introduced to the terminology of different words, sentence types and punctuation, as we believe this allows them to make informed writing choices. The children are confident at talking about the grammatical choices that they make and the impact that this has on their writing.

When the children come to the end of their learning journey at the Meadows, we aim to have provided them with the toolkit to be successful readers and writers.

File icon: pdf Phonics Workshop for parents - Monster Phonics [pdf 2MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Phonics Policy 2021 [pdf 478KB] Click to download

Monster Phonics 

Learning to read is the key to unlocking the wider curriculum, and the foundation for life-long learning. We use Monster Phonics, a whole-class, systematic syntetic phonics programme. This approach ensures that children are introduced to new sounds in a systematic and enjoyable way. You can read more about the teaching of phonics by accessing our 'Curriculum and Assessment' section and clicking on 'English.' The videos provide an overview of some of the key principles of Monster Phonics. 

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Pure Speech Sounds

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