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Fresh Start

As children transition into Key Stage 2, they are supported with their acquisition of early literacy skills through continuing Essential Letters and Sounds (programme used at their feeder Infant School), if needed. They can then access Fresh Start, which gives older children the chance to catch up. The intervention programme teaches students to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. It teaches them to spell correctly and compose their ideas for writing step-by-step.

Students learn the English alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes that represent 44 speech sounds. They experience success from the very beginning. Lively stories and non-fiction texts are both age-appropriate and closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words, and as students re-read the texts their fluency increases.

Students write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to write, using their knowledge of the alphabetic code and the ‘tricky’ words they have learnt. They learn to write compositions based on their own experiences and ideas from stories, drawing upon new vocabulary and grammar.


Our vision at Meath Green Juniors is to equip our children with the essential life skill of reading, to know that we read for meaning, that it has a purpose, and to promote a love and enjoyment of books.

Reading is an essential life skill that allows us to understand and to function in the world around us. It enables us to discover a wealth of information and to enter into the magical world of books where we can escape into our own imaginations.

"The more you read, the more you'll know. The more you know, the more places you'll go" - Dr Seuss