Governors and staff at the school believe that a key role for primary education is to prepare pupils for a happy and successful later life. This means ensuring that our pupils not only learn core skills in English, maths and other curriculum subjects effectively, but also develop important ‘skills for life’ such as self-awareness, compassion, teamwork, personal organisation and leadership. Our curriculum is geared to achieving our goal of ensuring that our pupils are ‘Ready for Life’ because the school firstly teaches and embeds the required knowledge and skills at each year group level, and then provides each child with the opportunity to apply what they have been taught in the form of investigate problem-solving scenarios. Wherever possible these are related to the world outside of the classroom.
While we have the highest of expectations for our pupils within the classroom, this is only a part of the learning experience that we offer. We believe in providing a breadth of opportunities for our pupils that will give them the best possible foundations to carry forward into the next stage of their education.
An extensive range of extra-curricular activities are provided both during and after school. As well as sports, activities involving music, choirs, languages, science and art are provided by members of the school team, while external experts are engaged to run other clubs as diverse as drama and even Lindy hop dancing!
We encourage the children to take part in our 'Discovery Days' such as World Book Day, Roald Dahl Day, Titanic Day, WW2 Day and many other specially themed days where the children can dress up, create projects and models and experience a totally different school day.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development (SMSC)
At Meadow, we strive to create a learning environment that promotes our pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and cultural development (SMSC). The curriculum seeks to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to be healthy and respectful citizens and to succeed in their future lives.
Opportunities are provided throughout our curriculum, as well as through assemblies and extracurricular activities:
- We encourage our pupils to be reflective through pupil voice.
- Develop opinions and points of view through class discussions.
- Celebrate achievements through half termly Governor Awards and weekly Celebration Assemblies.
- Encourage children to reflect on their own behaviour and develop coping strategies.
- Explore what is happening in the world through weekly ‘news assemblies’.
- Celebrate whole class behaviour with behaviour charts, collecting minutes for a ‘surprise’.
- Weekly whole school assemblies to introduce a theme linking to SMSC which is then relayed throughout the week in lessons and weekly year group assemblies.
- Each class has a Mental Health Toolkit to allow children space to reflect and calm down.
We teach British values at Meadow throughout the curriculum and wider school, these are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
In this way, our children will develop:
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
- An understanding that people having different faiths and beliefs (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour.
- An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination.