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At Mersea Island School we believe children learn best through an engaging and creative approach to the curriculum.  We actively seek opportunities for learning beyond the classroom and are very lucky to have 
such an amazing setting, with a wealth of learning opportunities on our doorstep.  We aim to develop our pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding by encouraging them to make links with their learning  in a range of different contexts.  We take great pride in ensuring our pupils are equipped and ready to face the challenges ahead of them as polite, tolerant, caring  and respectful citizens in the wider community.
Our curriculum drivers are closely linked to our vision: Community Aspiration Respect Enjoyment
There is a strong emphasis on ensuring these key drivers form an integral part of everything we do. 

Our approach to reading at Mersea Island School

At Mersea Island School we want every child to enjoy reading and develop a love of books.  We recognise that the ability to read provides the essential foundations for children to learn.  We strongly believe reading forms the basis of all learning across the curriculum.  Understanding a range of texts and developing a good grasp of vocabulary at an early age opens up a world of knowledge and enables children to make important links and connections across the curriculum and with the world around them.  

The school uses a wide range of books to teach reading with an emphasis on enjoyment of books and encouraging children to read widely. Our 'core' scheme is 'Oxford Reading Tree'. We are currently reviewing our reading scheme. 

Phonics are taught across the curriculum to support children in developing this key reading skill. We use Optima Reading as our phonics resource.

We are very lucky to have a daily Reading Club which is run by a very committed group of staff and volunteers from the local community.  This provides pupils with an additional opportunity to share a book, read to an adult, to develop comprehension skills and to be enthused by the adults around them to develop a love of books and reading.  Pupils are invited to attend, the sessions run from 8.30am to 8.50am Monday to Friday during term time. 

See below about our 'Get Caught Reading' competition

You can view the curriculum topic overviews for each year group below by clicking on the links. You can also find additional information on the curriculum content for each half term on the Year Group tabs on the homepage of the website. 

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Mathematics themes are threaded through the themes as well as through our daily maths teaching, we follow the White Rose curriculum and teach through a mastery approach.

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We are currently working with the Primary Science Teaching Trust to help us continue to develop our curriculum.

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