Curriculum

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Our Curriculum Vision

At Meadowside CP & Infant School every child matters and our aim is to help children to fulfil their potential. Together we enable children to be the best they can be and our curriculum, following the statutory requirements, provides all, with good opportunities for enjoyment and achievement. Our children experience memorable and relevant opportunities for progressive, high quality learning and wider personal development and well-being.  By fostering a curriculum, which provides both skills and knowledge, both indoors and outdoors, our children will be inspired by what they learn, be creative in their application and be passionate about their learning community and the wider world, now and in the future.

The introduction of the new curriculum enables all learners to be competent in basic skills and able to apply them across different subjects. It is also vital that we develop and nurture the correct learning habits, which will improve their learning; developing children’s self-confidence, raise self-esteem, perseverance and have a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Our curriculum is organised with our core subjects taught in the morning and the foundation subjects, taught through the integrated curriculum, in the afternoons. In addition we teach Music, PE, MFL  (Spanish) and RE as discreet subjects.

English - Text based curriculum 

The Meadowside Curriculum is based around high quality, engaging texts and the children’s own questions about the topic and interests drive their learning forward. We address the needs of our children to enjoy and have purposeful experiences in their learning. Our curriculum is also flexible, so that learning really inspires them.

In our English lessons, each morning, all children will have a high quality key text or texts that they will study throughout a half term. The text is linked to an overall LOT (Linking Our Thinking) project, that the children are studying.

The key text allows the children to handle a book; become fully absorbed in a text and develop their love of literature. A full range of English activities are covered using the key text, including spelling, punctuation, grammar, speaking and listening, reading and writing. We believe this curriculum develops high standards of language and literacy combining the strong command of the spoken word with proficiency and flair in reading and writing. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation of and love of reading and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Core skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are given very strong emphasis in school and are practised frequently across the curriculum.

Linking Our Thinking (LOT)

The curriculum is organised to ensure complete coverage and progression for each child as he/she passes through the school. This is achieved through thorough daily, short, medium and long term planning, linked with the half termly texts. There is a degree of flexibility, which ensures there is an aspect of personalised learning for all children.

We welcome parental involvement to extend children’s learning outside of the classroom and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with home school projects. Each half term, a project will be set to encourage the children to ‘find out about’ the upcoming new book. If you want to know more or have any questions then please feel free to discuss this with your child’s class teacher or see details on the website.

Wherever possible, the National Curriculum requirements for each year group will be incorporated into LOT. When there is no link, the subject will be taught discretely.

The National Curriculum is composed of:

Core subjects: English, Maths & Science

Foundation Subjects:

•          Design & Technology

•          Computing

•          History

•          Geography

•          Music

•          Art & Design

•          Physical Education

•          Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)

Additional Subjects:

•          Religious Education

 

Click below to see our Long term LOT planning grids

Maths

For maths we have adopted the Singapore maths approach. This is a teaching method based on the national mathematics curriculum used for  Year 1 to Year 6. This method allows children to learn and master mathematical concepts at greater depth, using a three-step learning process.. The three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, children engage in real life context, hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as dienes, place value counters, or cubes. This is then followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Children then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols.

It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence, which builds on children’s mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.

 

Outdoor Education 

Our Froggy Forest fits in with environmental, science and outdoor education, but it is also about the whole child, their approach to learning and especially about their self-esteem.  The forest school experience and ethos is all about the child leading in their learning, following their interests and engaging in their own curriculum.

 

Differentiation

Work is planned to meet the needs of each child and is delivered according to their ability. Some children need clearly defined programmes of work monitored closely by an adult in either a one to one or small group situation.

 

What is the National Curriculum?

Our curriculum at Meadowside CP School  follows both the Statutory requirements set out by the government whilst addressing the needs and interests of our children to enjoy and have a purposeful experience in their learning.

What do we teach within our curriculum?

We teach the content as set out in the National Curriculum and this document can be found at www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary 

State schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning across the nation.

The National Curriculum covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in state schools, and sets out:

  • Which subjects should be taught
  • The knowledge, skills and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age)
  • Targets - so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject
  • How information on your child’s progress should be passed on to you.

Any additional information regarding the school curriculum can be requested at the school office.

English National Curriculum by year group & Literacy  Mathematics National Curriculum by year group Curriculum Plan Year 1 (2015/16)
Curriculum Plan Year 2 (2015/16) Curriculum Plan Year 3 (2015/16) Curriculum Plan Year 4 (2015/16)
Curriculum Plan Year 5 (2015/16) Curriculum Plan Year 6 (2015/16) EYFS Curriculum Overview 
 Collective Worship Autumn Singapore Maths Phonics & Reading at Meadowside 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warrington, WA2 9PH

Telephone: 01925 632705

Main Contact: Donna Lowe (Business Manager)

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