The Meadow Primary School is a 4-11 school, situated in the beautiful village of Balsham. For further information, please make contact with the school office.

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At The Meadow Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We expect our children to leave The Meadow reading fluently and effortlessly, with understanding at an age appropriate interest level in readiness for Secondary School. For this to be achieved, carefully planned, systematic, multi-sensory Phonics lessons are taught in order for children to become equipped to decode words accurately; develop an understanding of our complex phonetic code and consequently, become fluent readers. English lessons focus on developing a ‘living library’ in children’s minds, created by engagement with high quality books throughout their Primary years. Our approach to teaching reading is ‘Phonics First…but not forever’ as fluency, comprehension and enjoyment of reading are our ultimate goals as the children move through the school.


At the Meadow Primary School, we use Rising Stars Rocket Phonics as our systematic, synthetic phonics scheme. 

Any child receiving phonics teaching and/or phonics interventions (in any year group), will receive a phonics decodable book.  Children will also select up to 2 books from the library or from the class book nook as their reading for pleasure book which they may need an adult to read to them. 

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