At Meridian Angel Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. It is also important that our curriculum considers the development of the whole child.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. Throughout this period and beyond, all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through The Read, Write Inc., programme and developing their fluency in reading through different activities.
The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed using Target Tracker statements (National Curriculum) as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. The most-able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum and our Aspirations Programme (see below), and are underpinned by our school values of Hope, Resilience and Friendship.
Specialist instructors support music tuition and each class develop their music skills through the Charanga Musical School resource. Specialist instructors support PE across the school and the children have opportunities to participate in many after school sports clubs, such as football, table tennis and gymnastics.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, challenges, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
Our outdoor space is constantly being developed so it can enrich different curriculum areas such as PE and Science and to enhance our surroundings and the wellbeing of our whole school community. For example, we are currently working on a ‘woodland walk and habitats’ area, a wild flower area and our allotment is being developed so children can grow and then eat the food they nurture. Over the course of this year we have planted 300 sapling trees and nearly 200 wildlife bushes.
We strongly believe that our curriculum needs to support children become strong and independent citizens, who have the resilience to believe in themselves and have high aspirations and expectations of what they can achieve in the area in which they live. We have developed our Aspirations Programme, which through a series of specialised activities, for example, meeting with young people who have made their dreams and hopes reality, such as chefs, photographers and footballers, helps children to understand that there are opportunities they can work towards and what they need to do now to help achieve them.
Please see individual pages for other curriculum areas.
Should you require any further information regarding the curriculum we follow please contact the school office on 02037733895 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org