Mere School Curriculum Statement
At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment.
Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision - 'We enjoy, we learn, we achieve.'
Welcome to the English section of Mere School's website.
We offer all children fantastic opportunities to develop their English skills in school.
At Mere School we believe that English is a fundamental curriculum area which enables all children to communicate effectively.
In line with the National Curriculum, we endeavour to promote high standards of Literacy.
We aim for all of our children to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently
- use discussion in order to learn
- become highly competent in the art of speaking and listening.
Please check the Photo Gallery for the latest pictures!
Family Learning events are run in school by Lucinda Murray and Jenny Ham from the Wiltshire Family Learning team. This is an example of a puppet workshop from January 2018, which involved parents and children sharing books together and then working together to make puppets.
In January 2018, we ran our very first Talk For Writing project, which involved a select group of children from every class at Mere School. The children learnt the story of 'Zelda Claw and the Rain Cat' and then used their knowledge of the text to write their own suspense story openings.
The project was a huge success, and culminated in a performance of both the shared story and the children's individual pieces of writing, which parents were invited in to watch on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.
On June 26th 2017, author Joffre White came for the day to speak to the children about his wonderful series of 'Frog' books. He inspired the children in a whole school assembly, where he talked about the power of words and the joy of finding the right book to read. He gave advice to the children on how to find the book that suits them. Joffre then spent an author's lunch with a lucky selected few pupils, discussing favourite books and writing methods. During the afternoon, Mr White kindly ran some creative writing sessions with some KS2 children, all of whom came away feeling truly inspired by their author experience!
On the afternoon of Thursday, November 24th 2016, acclaimed author Debi Evans visited the children at Mere School. She spoke to the whole school about her many books on the Secret Society of Dragon Protectors and The Adventures Of Rolo The Dog.
After her talk and a great Q & A session, Debi stayed to sell and sign books in the foyer, where lots of children and parents came along to buy books.
If you would like to make a purchase but were not able to come to the book sale, please speak to Mr Rich in school or via the Green Class email (firstname.lastname@example.org).