Curriculum, Learning and Teaching
The aim of Meadows Primary School and Nursery is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners,
with high aspirations and the skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
We aim to provide a curriculum which is enriching and challenging, where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts with
At Meadows the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning; provide first hand learning experiences; allow the children to develop
interpersonal skills; build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We believe that children learn best when the curriculum has coherence and
content is sequenced to support conceptual understanding. We believe practise is important to support deep learning and pupils are given regular opportunities
to practise and apply what they know. Regular opportunities are planned for pupils to learn from each other/construct understanding together through coaching,
discussion, paired talk and presentation.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge and concepts. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning
through visiting experts and external visits. Engagement with our local environment is an essential part of our curriculum.
Our curriculum design is underpinned by our school values.
Our aim is that children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate,
make connections and become lifelong learners.
Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a distinctive Early Years Curriculum. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven
areas of learning; Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and
Expressive Arts and Design. Each area of learning is planned so that children have continuous access both inside and out. Specific skills involving reading, writing and
maths are taught through daily, whole class, as well as small group, activities and children’s progress is monitored both through observation during adult led and
The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught from Year 1. It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science as well as
Religious Education. We are always looking to develop teaching and learning at Meadows.
Meadows prides itself on its broad and balanced curriculum and strives for excellence in all areas. Foundation subjects including Art and Design, Computing,
Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and PE are also taught on a regular basis, with specialist teachers employed to teach MFL in some year groups.
As part of our school philosophy, we run a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE), which includes Sex Education and Drugs Education.
Parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education if they wish. In addition, children are given the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language.
It is our policy to entitle every member of our school to equal opportunities in accessing the full curriculum. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the
Shropshire Agreed Syllabus.
Learning is planned through themes to give learning a greater purpose; to support making links across the curriculum and to ensure learning is enhanced through
visits within and beyond the local area, visiting experts etc.
At the end of Key Stage 2, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a residential at Arthog Out Reach.
As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to supplement their learning with work done at home. Initially, this will take the form of regular reading
at home and, by Year 6, may include in-depth research projects. Parents are kept informed about their child’s schoolwork through termly Parents’ Evenings and regular
bulletins outlining curriculum coverage.
The subject overviews and plans (attachments below) set out the curriculum content in year groups for Years 1 – 6