Children create and explore
At The Meadows our intent for Art and Design is that learners will explore a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Artists, Craftspeople and Designers, fostering their curiosity and understanding of the world around them. Learners’ experiences will enable them to develop an appreciation of their own and other cultures and how artistic styles have been influenced over time. Through high quality art lessons learners will become reflective critical thinkers with the abilities to express themselves creatively. They will learn to evaluate their own work and the work of others.
A well-sequenced art curriculum will allow learners to make continued progression through the refinement of skills and building on prior knowledge. Learners will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a range of contexts. Learners will be exposed to art in the local community, galleries and museums to inspire and inform their creative practice.
Confident in the digital age
Children use technology in fun, creative and purposeful ways. Our computing curriculum will prepare children for the fast moving world in which they live, whilst ensuring they know how to remain safe online.
Innovation and problem solving
The DT process in our school involves analysis, problem-solving, making and evaluation – all important skills for children to learn in the modern world.
All children will have an understanding of the whole process of product design, creation and evaluation including design brief and research on existing products where possible.
Children will understand the importance of evaluation and refinement of a design.
Spread your wings and fly!
The period from age three to the end of the Reception year is described as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. At The Meadows we have an intake of 30 children in to Poppy Class.
The intent of our whole school curriculum is to ensure our pupils develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to achieve fulfilling lives. The EYFS in our Reception class is the start of our pupils' school journey towards achieving this important purpose. In Poppy Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The learning we provide encourages children to develop into independent, motivated learners who are full of curiosity about the world around them in a happy and secure environment.
We are passionate about early education and know that it is the time when we can ignite the love of learning in our children. At the end of EYFS we aim for all children to become enthusiatic lifelong learners with a belief that anything is possible. The children will have developed learning skills that help them to focus, flourish and fly whilst continuing their learning journey at The Meadows.
Opening doors to new worlds
English at The Meadows
At The Meadows Primary School, we focus on providing opportunities for all children to develop as literate individuals with an appreciation of both the written and spoken word. We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills to be successful communicators and believe in creating an environment where reading is celebrated and loved by all.
We teach phonics using Read, Write Inc from EYFS to Year 2. Children in these year groups have a daily phonics lesson followed by a reading lesson. We focus on children being able to read fluently and accurately whilst developing comprehension skills. We use phonics displays and resources to enable children to consolidate their phonics and apply to other areas of English such as writing. We encourage children to learn to say their sounds in a pure way, find more information on pronunciation. We teach children to use Fred talk to equip children with the strategies to decode words confidently and accurately.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we use the Read, Write Inc story books to ensure that children read phonically decodable books that are appropriate to children’s individual reading needs. All classrooms have a selection of books which are matched to class topics and children’s interests. We encourage children to settle down in classroom book corners and enjoy a good book. This helps us to promote a love of reading.
We have a reading scheme which provides children with books that are matched to their comprehension and word reading skills and use a thorough assessment system to benchmark where children are placed on the scheme.
In Key Stage 2, children may continue to read scheme books and also books chosen by themselves which they may access from their classroom or the school library.
From Year 2 to Year 6, children have a daily whole class reading lessons and we use VIPERS to focus children on different reading skills.
It is within these lessons that children get to respond to reading and develop their understanding of a range of texts/genres.
We teach daily writing lessons from EYFS to Year 6 following a structured teaching sequence where writing opportunities are carefully mapped out across a series of weeks. Within the sequence, children get opportunities to learn skills explicitly and then apply to pieces of writing across a unit of work. The sequence is grounded in the use of high quality, age related texts which inspire and engage children in the reading and writing process.
We also have planned opportunities to write based on their own interests in a book which belongs to each child and is not marked by the teacher. This helps children to develop a love or writing. We call this Free Write Friday.
Our Wonderful World
At the Meadows Primary School our children will experience a rich and challenging Geography curriculum, through which they will learn about the world and how people live.
We place great value on equipping children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with developing a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes.
They will use maps, artefacts, accounts, books, images, videos and websites, as well as their own observations during fieldwork and visits.
Bringing the past to life
We aim to enrich, inspire and enthuse children in their understanding of the past and how it has changed and evolved over the years. Our studies are both within and before living memory. To support our learning, we have a wealth of resources, including books, artefacts, photographs, paintings, DVDs, costumes, log books and websites. We also access additional resources and artefacts brought in to support our topics.
We ensure that children are given a range of experiences and opportunities so that they develop as inquisitive, curious historians that love asking meaningful questions about the past.
Children will benefit from an engaging Spanish curriculum where key vocabulary is delivered through videos, songs and engaging lessons. Children will have a chance to practise their new skills through speaking, listening and writing of key vocabulary. They will increase their language confidence and knowledge and will have a range of opportunities to write in Spanish.
Through their learning of Spanish literature and key festivals, their culture appreciation will increase. We aim to develop a love of languages alongside fostering curiosity and understanding of the world.
Marvellous Maths at The Meadows
Our focus in mathematics teaching at The Meadows Primary School is to inspire our children to be confident and enthusiastic mathematicians, making sense of the world around them through the development of their ability to reason, calculate and solve problems, building on skills learned in previous years.
The children have a daily mathematics lesson following the White Rose Maths Primary scheme of work, which builds on previous learning, year by year with an emphasis on using concrete resources, pictorial and moving onto abstract. Children are given daily opportunities to problem-solve and reason their mathematics. We hold daily maths meetings where children recall known facts from number, calculation, shape, measure and statistics.
During daily lessons children may work as a whole class, in groups or individually as appropriate. Maths is often of a practical nature, with more formal written methods being taught at Key Stage 2.
For our youngest learners in EYFS, we follow the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. Teachers use the White Rose scheme of learning for Reception as a guide to meet the early years goals.
With the help of parents and carers, the children are encouraged to learn number bonds and multiplication tables, using Maths Milestones in Key Stage 1 and Ultimate Tables in Key Stage 2.
Let's make music
At The Meadows we offer a high quality music education delivered through Charanga that will engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.
We are well equipped for music resources and all children are encouraged to participate and extend their musical development using pitched and unpitched instruments. Children explore rhythms, melodies, pitch, dynamics and timbre, developing teamwork, independence and self-confidence.
Instrumental lessons are taught by South Gloucestershire music hub, offering guitar and keyboard.
Happy, healthy, independent and responsible citizens
Pupils at The Meadows are healthy, happy, independent and responsible citizens. We promote a positive attitude to health, mental well-being and deliver an age-appropriate Relationships and Sex Education programme. We aim to give our pupils a range of opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our school, in their community and beyond. We deliver our PSHE lessons using a curriculum called SCARF by Coram Life Education. This scheme is developed by teachers and centred on a values-based and ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.
Our school has an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who builds on this curriculum with small group or individual support for children and families.
Fitness is Fabulous
At The Meadows we want every child to explore their physical potential and find activity that they love through daily experiences of health and fitness alongside their PE lessons.
Children engage in a wide variety of physical activities through the PE curriculum, class based daily physical activities, extra-curricular sports clubs and inclusive sports festivals.
Children have regular time to develop their well being through Go Noodle, Supermovers, run a mile and mindfulness sessions. We will promote the health benefits, both physical and mental, of a lifelong engagement in regular exercise.
Life in our diverse world
Religious Education at The Meadows is taught through immersive themed RE days which will be fun, inclusive and creative. This learning is also supplemented by regular exposure to different cultures and beliefs thriough story times and text choices in English and their Topics. Children learn to uphold the school values of honesty, kindness, respect and self-belief through the exploration of the practices and beliefs of others and of themselves. They will be prepared for life in a diverse and multicultural world.
Cornerstones Love to celebrate curriculum underpins the progressive teaching of RE at The Meadows Primary School. Throughout their time at The Meadows children experience a range of visits and visitors to enhavnce their understanding of a range of faiths and beliefs.
Always question, always wonder
At The Meadows our focus in Science is for all children to gain a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills that help them to always question and wonder about the world around them.Through teaching progressive key scientific knowledge,and children having regular opportunities to experiment and explore, we help them to develop an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live.
We encourage the children to pose scientific questiuons and then discover interesting ways to answer them. We regularly teach scientific vocabulary alongside key knowledge to develop confidence in articulating the science in their world.