Our Curriculum

 

 

Our Curriculum Vision

At Meadowside we believe our children deserve inspirational learning experiences. We believe that skills should be developed alongside knowledge and that most importantly learning should matter. 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.

Our bespoke curriculum immerses children in a whole school theme that underpins the learning each term. This enables children to work in depth so that they are challenged to think philosophically with an overarching question, promoting children's oracy. They will debate, enquire,  and become open-minded inspiring learners.They work creatively whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding through highly engaging and memorable experiences.

Thoughout the year we ensure our children are provided with as many opportunities as possible for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC).  The children visit and explore other places than their classroom, all year round, which enables challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.

Learning outside the classroom is a tool for teaching and learning which has been proven to raise attainment and achievement, improve behaviour and improve the engagement of all groups of pupils, including those who are hard to engage inside the classroom environment.

During Autumn term, our history 'Time Travellers' theme, children in Year 2 step back in time at Dunham Massey to the Virctoiran Era. Year 3 visit a local musuem to see real Egyptian mummies and Year 5 are immersed in a world of work at the Mill at Quarry Bank Mill. 

Our Spring term focuses on the world of art and design , with a whole school theme called 'Let's Imagine'. Year3 visit the Liverpool art galleries and year 1 enjoy a wonderful day out at Knowlsey Safari Park. 

In the summer term, we plan a whole school visit to the beach celebrating 'Our Wonderful World' ( a geography focus).

Their journey through school provides many opportunities in and outside the classroom and we believe that these wider educational experiences directly benefit their educational, social and emotional development

 

Our curriculum is organised with our core subjects taught in the morning and the foundation subjects, taught through the integrated curriculum. The year is split into three key themes, which is underpinned with an individualised philosophical key question. This engages children in their learning and develops curiosity. In addition we teach Music, PE, MFL (Spanish) and RE as discrete subjects.

English

The Meadowside Curriculum is based around high quality, engaging texts, which promotes high quality speaking and listening. 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 that they will study throughout a term, allowing the children to 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 our 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.

Maths

We want our children to develop a passion and enjoyment for maths whilst delivering a high quality ‘Mastery Curriculum’. Our pedagogy involves structured imagery and concrete apparatus used systematically throughout the school to develop a strong conceptual understanding of all mathematical concepts. The main 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. The children then apply these skills and knowledge to problems solving, enabling them to become confident mathematical thinkers that can verbalise their thinking. We encourage children to become independent in their learning by providing them with ‘chilli challenges’, which may be hot, hotter, hottest and inferno. After an initial ‘heat’ test, they carefully choose their level of indivdualised learning.

Outdoor Education

We are taking more exciting learning opportunities outside as we believe outdoor learning has a positive impact on children’s development. We are lucky to have an incredible amount of land in and around school that we use for bringing subjects such as science, maths, literacy and geography to life. We also have staff trained in outdoor education, exploring the environment we live in, risk taking and enabling all children to take part in all aspects of learning.

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

 

Differentiation

Every day the children are set chilli challenges which they independently choose to challenge themselves. These range from Hot, Hotter, Hottest and Inferno! Children are then targeted to address misconceptions and accelerate learning. 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.

 

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Warrington, WA2 9PH

Telephone: 01925 632705

Main Contact: Donna Lowe (Business Manager)

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