The Curriculum at Meadow View Primary School
The Curriculum: How We Teach
We recognise that each child is an individual, with their own strengths and development needs. We aim to give all pupils access to a broad range of learning experiences to ensure that all have ample opportunities to succeed. We currently follow the National Curriculum for teaching English and Mathematics. However, we are constantly reviewing our practice and identifying different strategies of teaching Literacy and Numeracy to ensure we keep learning exciting and engaging for all children.
In March 2011 we achieved Basic Skills Quality Mark in recognition of our work and ethos towards the basic skills within the curriculum. This was reawarded for the second time in July 2014.
Our teaching across the whole curriculum focuses on the development of:
- Key skills for learning and life
- Knowledge and understanding of the world and our place within it
- Values and attitudes
We have a very rich curriculum, with many diverse topics and educational opportunities and recognise the importance of learning through first hand experiences. Visits and visitors enrich our curriculum and in Year 6 children are encouraged to participate in a residential to build and develop a range of skills. Whilst we encourage and support children's learning through first hand experiences, we realise that we can only offer this with the support of parents through voluntary contributions. We hope that parents will continue to support the school in our aim to offer a rich and diverse curriculum.
We have an excellent track record with Arts provision and have been awarded the Arts Council (England) Artsmark GOLD award for the second time in July 2009 for our outstanding contribution to enriching children's lives through music, art, dance, drama and PE. We offer dinner time and after-school clubs for children to pursue a variety of interests and talents, and ensure that all children receive a varied, broad and balanced curriculum.
The Curriculum : What We Teach
We teach the National Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Maths and and Science, and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, P.E. and R.E. We also teach ICT (Information and Communication Technology) across the curriculum and as a subject in its own right. We are also fortunate to have a Higher Level Teaching Assistant who is an Artist in Residence. Copies of the National Curriculum can be inspected at the school or, if you wish to order a copy, we can furnish you with the address or you can download it from the Department for Education website (DfE).
Wherever possible, we link areas of learning to give children a real context and meaning, subsequently a deeper knowledge and understanding. So, for example, when Year 3 are studying ways to write about and sequence key incidents and events in literacy, this is linked to their Roman topic and used within their descriptions of when and how the Romans invaded Britain.
At the start of each half term we will let you know the topics that your child will be learning about, so that you can chat to them about current or forthcoming work, take advantage of visits to the local library to pick out appropriate reference books or sit with them to browse the Internet for extra information.
Early Years Foundation stage
The 'Foundation Stage' planning is based upon National Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Work is planned following the Development Matters Steps of Progression which lead to the 'Early Learning Goals'.
Planning covers seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL)
- Understanding of the World (UW)
- Expressive Arts (EAD)
- Physical Development (PD)
It is the aim of the 'Foundation Stage' to provide meaningful and exciting Experiences, linked to the children's interests, to enhance and promote the child's learning. Carefully planned activities ensure continuity and progression across the Foundation Stage.
F1 children receive daily phonics and literacy and maths carpet inputs and develop in the other areas of learning through continuous provision. In F2 children receive daily literacy, maths and phonics inputs and weekly KUW, PSED, CD and PD inputs whilst also developing their skills and knowledge through the continuous provision and focussed group work.
We welcome parent involvement in our school and nowhere is this more encouraged than in the Foundation Unit. If you wish to spend time in the Unit, or have any experience or interest in helping with any of the topics listed above, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Our School Curriculum
Our approach to teaching curriculum areas can be found in the following downloadable documents: