Literacy skills are essential to attainment in school and to fulfilling potential opportunities throughout life. The standard of teaching of literacy in primary schools around the country is better than ever. Schools are delivering lessons, which are rigorous, creative and innovative, and as a result children are motivated and learning takes place in abundance and that is why at STM we developed EPIC. However, the challenges persist, with one in five children failing to achieve the expected level at Key Stage 2 in 2011. According to a National Literacy Trust survey, children’s reading frequency is also in decline. Alongside this, the policy landscape is changing significantly. The new draft curriculum for English (2012) includes a strong emphasis on the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics, as well as a renewed focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPG). The current cohort of Year 6 pupils will be the first to experience the new Key Stage 2 writing testing arrangements and the SPG test in May 2013. During inspections, Ofsted will be looking for effective whole school literacy policies and their successful implementation in schools. Finally, the new Teachers’ Standards (2012) require for all teachers to “demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English.
STM incorporate Phonics in to safe Play Surfaces and MUGA
Synthetic Turf Management introducing Phonics and Shapes into Primary Education safe play surfaces
Department for Education (2012), Teachers’ Standards: “...if teaching early reading, [a teacher must] demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics. Department for Education focus: “High-quality international evidence has proved that systematic teaching of synthetic phonics is the best way to drive up standards in reading. Taught as part of a language rich curriculum, systematic synthetic phonics allows problems to be identified early and rectified before it is too late.” (Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, 2011) Literacy Guide for Primary Schools: 2012/2013 Ofsted (2012), Inspection Framework:
*Source: • Literacy Guide for Primary Schools: 2012/2013 • Department of Education
Synthetic Turf Management has been developing unique individualise MUGA’s (Multi Use Games Areas) and Safe Play Surfaces with more than 20 years experience.
“We at STM understand the need to create Multi Use Games Areas and Safe Play surfaces, not only to develop the physical skills, but also to stimulate participation in out doors activities, social skills development and continued out door education.” – MD Jon Bell (BA Hon Cert Ed).
EPIC - (Education and Play in Colour) - Exclusive to STM
Schools have seen improved OFSTED reports, reduction in playground accidents, teachers wanting to teach outdoors and improvements in playtime behaviour due to increased levels of participation and the all weather usability of the surfaces. STM has exciting products & playground solutions, which will bring old gritty, muddy and water logged surfaces to “EPIC" (Education and Play in Colour) with colourful, imaginative playgrounds, safe play areas based on individual unique requirements across the UK.
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Did you know you can design you own MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) and Safe Play Surface with our pitch builder?