The Meads Primary School
At The Meads Primary School, our aim is to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that develops the skills and attributes our learners will need in the 21st Century. Our curriculum encompasses our core values of ‘Challenge, Resilience, Ambition and Community’. The curriculum follows the National Curriculum and is planned to inspire and enthuse the children who attend our school, as well as ensuring it meets the needs of all pupils.
We aim to provide a high quality and purposeful curriculum with clear progression that deepens subject knowledge. It will also incorporate physical development, wellbeing and promote positive attitudes towards learning.
The curriculum will celebrate diversity, build a sense of community and enable children to understand the world beyond their immediate environment. Where appropriate, the children will be provided with optimum first hand experiences to enhance their learning. We also aim to support our pupils to become critical thinkers who are ambitious for their own futures.
The Maths curriculum at The Meads is to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics. Our vision is for children to leave our school fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, with a developed conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply mathematical knowledge rapidly and accurately in a variety of contexts. Mathematics will be a subject that is viewed positively by all children and that equips them with the skills that they will need for life. All children will see themselves as mathematicians.
At the Meads, we aim to deliver a fun, engaging and high quality English curriculum which fosters a love of reading, writing and discussion and provides our children with the tools they need to participate fully in the real world. We want all children to be confident and competent in reading, writing and spoken language skills which they can successfully apply in their everyday life.
We want our children to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. We value the importance of using quality texts as a focus of our English teaching and we strive to create life-long readers, encouraging the children to read for pleasure and to read widely. Our engaging curriculum provides a range of opportunities for writing for purpose and audience and focuses on the whole writing process - planning, drafting, editing and publishing to develop proficiency in writing and children who regard themselves as authors.
At The Meads Primary School, we believe that a high quality science education is fundamental for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They will also deepen their respect for all living organisms and the physical environment around us, and increase their care and appreciation of it.
Science should be about developing children’s ideas and approaches that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, along with using and applying process skills. The teachers at The Meads ensure that all children receive high quality teaching and learning experiences in order to develop their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are exposed to precise scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the wider world around them.
At The Meads Primary School, our aim is to provide a child-centred P.E. curriculum that engages, motivates and challenges EVERY CHILD, so they are able to lead a healthy and active life. All children will be supported to develop the key abilities they need in order to achieve their full potential in P.E. Our P.E. curriculum is designed to be enjoyable but also to embed the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills needed to succeed in PE and sport, with its benefits across the whole curriculum.
We aim to provide the children with a fun and exciting P.E. curriculum, which develops positive attitudes towards building self-esteem and cooperative learning. During their time at The Meads EVERY CHILD is given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
In addition, we aim to provide each child with a wide variety of sporting opportunities, clubs and competitions throughout their school life at The Meads.
Computing should be a challenging, but ultimately rewarding, experience that has key links with modern technology which has become essential in day-to-day life. By the end of primary school, children should be digitally literate and have an understanding of the benefits of technology and its limitations, and link their learning to the world around them. Computing is an overarching subject, and should be used throughout the curriculum where it can serve to aid learning.
Computing has been developed to equip children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing. They will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs; develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. Activities should be linked with pupils’ own experiences, both within and beyond school: work and projects can be linked to the life of the school itself, or to pupils’ experiences of technology.
Art, Design and Music
At The Meads Primary School, our aim in Art, Design and Music is to promote passion and appreciation for human creativity and achievement. We aim to provide practical experiences using a wide range of skills which embed a greater depth of understanding and vocabulary so that learning can be applied when needed in the future. The purpose of the Art, Design and Music curriculum is to inspire all children to express their thoughts and feelings creatively, to develop self-confidence and to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the Arts. A high-quality Art, Design and Music curriculum will both inspire and promote children to learn in an active and creative way with first hand experiences and opportunities to work alongside artists, musicians, or designers.
All children at The Meads will have the opportunity to cultivate an interest in French and make good progress in developing their language skills. There will be clear progression throughout the school and each year group will be encouraged to listen, respond and enjoy experiencing learning another language. The curriculum will provide a balance of spoken and written activities to allow our children to develop a strong foundation for further language learning in KS3. The curriculum will encourage the children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
Learning a new language should be fun, so children will use role play to build their confidence and sing songs in French, which helps to master intonation and pronunciation. Learning a new language instils self- confidence and provides opportunities to learn about other cultures and countries.
The Meads Humanities Curriculum intends to develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and engagement, supporting their psychological health and well-being and thereby preparing children to deal with rapidly-changing social, cultural and environmental issues.
The Meads RE curriculum intends to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Our aim, at The Meads Primary School, is to deliver our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that provides them with a foundation of life skills across all contexts (home/school/community) and time spans (primary/secondary/later life).