At Upton Meadows we believe that success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority by all staff.

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum 2014, we teach children the phonic skills (using Letters and Sounds) to decode words and then use literacy lessons and guided group reading to aid their comprehension of text.

At the heart of our curriculum is reading for pleasure. Teachers at Upton Meadows make sure that the highest quality books are read by and to children, across the curriculum. But we can’t do this alone! We need parents to work in partnership with us to make sure that children are reading for pleasure regularly at home.

Here are some links to websites that will help you to support your child to be a confident reader:


Our Favourite Books

We have come up with 30 books that we believe that every child in each year group should read: that's an impressive 210 books to read by the time your child leaves primary school! These books are available in class for your child to take home. If you would like to see a complete list of our favourite books a comprehensive list can be found at the bottom of this page. Alternatively you can follow the link below. You can also use this brilliant website to read book reviews and see what other children around the country are enjoying reading.


The way we teach maths now is probably quite different to the way that you learnt at school. To help you to support you child with maths at home we have created a visual calculation policy to clearly show how we teach each operation and how each method progresses with your child's development. Your child will be familiar with this document as we use it as part of our teaching in class. 




The school has organised the curriculum into themes using Literacy as a basis.  All areas of the curriculum are linked and we use a creative and enriching approach. (See Curriculum documents below).


Assessment Statement

Since the removal of National Curriculum Level descriptors and the implementation of the new National Curriculum 2014, the way we assess children has changed.  As a school we now use a system where children are judged against age related expectations using the following judgements - commenced, developed, secure and deep. We hope this will make it easier for parents to understand how well their child is doing. We measure both attainment and progress. All children are given individual targets that are set every term in Reading, Writing and Maths to help pupils make good progress.

  1. Reading lists all year groups
  2. year 1 long term planner 18-19
  3. Year 2 Long Term Planner 18-19.docx
  4. Year 3 Long Term Planner 2018
  5. Year 5 Long Term Planner 2018-2019
  6. Year 6 Long Term Planner 2017-18