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Rationale

 

The curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all teaching staff. It is regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with DfE guidelines, the School Improvement Plan, recommendations from OFSTED and following consultation with Governors, parents, children and teaching staff.

 

Aims

Our Creative Curriculum (The Learning Challenge Curriculum) aims to:

  • Equip the children with the knowledge skills & values they need.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential and make progress in their learning
  • Promote the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – linguistically, cognitively and socially
  • Build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles
  • Promote high standards and embed key skills of literacy and numeracy
  • Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways
  • Make learning more meaningful, by putting it into context
  • Listen to pupil voice and involve pupils in planning and decision making
  • Provide a creative approach to planning and delivery that will incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum
  • Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom
  • Promote British Values
  • Promote pupils’ good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.

 

Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the curriculum through a ‘topic based’ approach.

 

Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:

  • Maths – Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement, especially in Science, DT, ICT and Geography.
  • English – Phonics, Guided Reading, Handwriting and Grammar are taught as discrete subjects, as well as in English lessons, as they build up basic skills. Cross-curricular links are made as appropriate, with work being recorded in class books.
  • RE – RE is taught in accordance with the school RE policy, although links with topics have been made where appropriate.
  • PSHE – Each term the whole school focuses on a particular value, such as friendship or honesty and circle time and class assemblies reflect this. There are also times during the year when the whole school focuses on particular areas such as Anti-Bullying Week, Staying Healthy and Internet and E-Safety.
  • Music is taught as part of the Learning Challenge Curriculum, with opportunities for children to learn a musical instrument and to sing in a choir.
  • PE- Children have 2 hours of high quality physical exercise per week.

 

Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through promotion of the outdoor curriculum, off-site visits and visitors into school.

 

Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, school website, displays in classrooms and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with the rest of the school.

RE Curriculum map – Meridian Angel

 

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Spring 1

Spring 2a

Spring 2b

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Christianity

Christianity

Christianity

World faith

Christianity

Christianity

World faith

Christianity

Reception

Who made the wonderful world and why?

Why is Christmas special for Christians?

 

Why do Christians believe Jesus is special?

What is so special about Easter?

 

Who cares for this special world?

How did Jesus rescue people?

1

What responsibility has God given people about taking care of Christianity?

 

(6 sessions)

Why are saints important to Christians?

 

(2 sessions)

Nativity Characters: Which character are you?

Why are you important?

 

(4 sessions)

Islam

 

What does it mean to be a Muslim?

 

(6 sessions)

 

What are God’s rules for living –

The 10 commandments

 

(2 sessions)

Why is Easter the most important festival for Christians?

 

(4 sessions)

Judaism

 

What is it like to live as a Jew?

 

(6 sessions)

 

Why is it good to listen to and remember the stories Jesus told?

The parables of Jesus

 

(6 sessions)

2

Why did Jesus teach the Lord’s prayer as the way to pray?

 

(6 sessions)

Who Is the Saint of Our School?

/ What’s the Story of Our School Na me?

 

(2 sessions)

Where is the light of Christmas?

 

(4 sessions)

Islam

 

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

 

(6 sessions)

 

What is the story of Noah really all about?

 

(2 sessions)

How do Easter symbols help us to understand the meaning of Easter for Christians?

 

(4 sessions)

Judaism

 

Why are they having a party?

 

(6 sessions)

 

 

Why do Christians make and keep promises before God?

 

(6 sessions)

3

What is the Bible’s ‘big story’ and what does it reveal about having in God?

 

(6 sessions)

Why is Remembrance important?

 

(2 sessions)

How did advent and Epiphany show us what Christmas is really like?

 

(4 sessions)

Judaism

 

What does it mean to be a Jew?

 

(6 sessions)

How do Christians believe following Jesus’ new commandments and his 2 greatest commandments make a difference?

 

(2 sessions)

Who is the most important person in the Easter story?

 

(4 sessions)

Buddhism

 

What does it mean to be Buddhist?

 

(6 sessions)

Who is Jesus (I am …..statements)

 

(6 sessions)

4

How did belief in God affect the actions of people from the Old Testament

 

(6 sessions)

What are the beatitudes and what do they mean to Christians?

 

(2 sessions)

What do Christians mean by peace at Christmas?

 

(4 sessions)

Hinduism

 

What is the importance of symbolism, beliefs and teaching in Hinduism?

 

(6 sessions)

Do fame and Christian faith go together?

 

(2 sessions)

How does Holy Communion build a Christian community?

 

(4 sessions)

Hinduism

 

What does it mean to be a Hindu?

 

(6 sessions)

Liturgy

 

Why is liturgy important to many Christians?

 

(6 sessions)

5

What do the miracles of Jesus teach?

 

(6 sessions)

What can we learn from wisdom?

 

(2 sessions)

 

How do art and music convey Christmas?

 

(4 sessions)

Sikhism

 

What do Sikhs believe?

 

(6 sessions)

The contemporary Anglican Church

 

(2 sessions)

What happens in church at Easter?

 

(4 sessions)

Sikhism

 

What does it mean to be a Sikh?

 

(6 sessions)

Understanding faith in….

 

(6 sessions)

6

The journey of life and death

 

(6 sessions)

Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage?

 

(2 sessions)

 

How would Christians advertise Christmas to show what Christmas means today?

 

(4 sessions)

Christianity

 

How has the Christian message survived for over 2000 years?

 

(6 sessions)

What do the monastic traditions within Christianity show us about living in community?

 

(2 sessions)

Easter Hope

 

(4 sessions)

Buddhism

 

What does it mean to be a Buddhist?

 

(6 sessions)

Who decides

Version a or b?

 

(6 sessions)

Computing

 

At Meridian Angel, our Computing curriculum is embedded across all areas of learning. Children use a variety of programs and apps to publish, research and consolidate their learning on both laptops and Ipads. Alongside this, children are also learning about computational thinking, how a computer and the internet work, how we communicate and also how to  code using 'Scratch',  'Purple Mash 2Code' and various different Ipad apps. We have invested in Ipads for all our children.

 

Educational visits

 

We actively plan Educational Visits to bring class work to life. Examples of places we visit are the Science Museum, Lea Valley Farm, Westminster Science Fair and Natural History Museum . We travel by tube and bus. Teachers undertake a pre-visit risk assessment of both the journey and the destination.

 

For  all trips you will be sent the visit details in a letter and be asked for consent for your child to attend. You will sometimes be invited to join us for these visits for extra support in supervising the children. However, we ask that younger siblings do not come, so that parent helpers can fully focus on the class itself.


Unfortunately, the school cannot afford to cover the full cost of transport or entrance fees for such visits, therefore we ask for parental support. If support is not given then such activities may not be able to happen. However no child is excluded from any activity through inability to contribute financially and any difficulties are dealt with in the strictest confidence. Charging Policy

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