The Government released a New National Curriculum which was implemented in September 2014. The curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
Today we create, tomorrow we achieve, forever we learn.
All curriculum areas - The curriculum at Meadowfield is a constantly developing thing that seeks to give our children the experiences needed to make sense of the world. The development of curiosity, creativity and enjoyment are key to our children becoming lifelong learners. We start with the National Curriculum and then personalise it for our children.
The SMSC curriculum - ‘Building bridges, broadening horizons and stretching minds’ This curriculum has been designed to be meaningful to the children of Meadowfield Primary School. It has been created by members of the Meadowfield community to give children the opportunity to learn in an engaging, relevant and systematic way.
The Humanities curriculum - When our pupils leave Meadowfield, we want them to know about the world beyond Halton Moor and understand the natural and human factors that shape it. We want all pupils to enjoy and engage with their History and Geography curricula, and as they progress through school begin to take the initiative to direct their own learning through child-led projects. We want them to be curious about people and places, now and in the past, and have the skills and confidence to search for answers.
The Arts curriculum - To develop a curriculum that equips our children with specific skills also helps them to develop a love of the arts through meaningful first hand experiences. The help and partnership of skilled and knowledgeable artists and musicians will be essential in developing this curriculum.
All curriculum areas - This has been whole school focus for 2016-17. By summer 2017 all year groups will have well-planned and systematic child led learning activities and projects woven into their curriculum medium term plans. Assessment will be a focus for 2016-17.
The SMSC curriculum - This was written and agreed by governors in summer 2015. 2015-16 saw the curriculum delivered for the first time. Monitoring took place over the year and improvements made. 2016-17 has seen some further additions.
The Humanities curriculum - The initial work on the Humanities curriculum began in summer 2016. Staff consulted and a Meadowfield Humanities curriculum written in Spring 2017. The curriculum will be trialled and monitored in Summer 2017.
The Arts curriculum - Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 has seen the Art subject leader working closely with Artemis, Artforms and professionals from the Art Galleries to develop a framework of the essential skills that need to be taught. Art and artefacts have been used by teaching staff. Summer 2017 will see the first stage of the Meadowfield Arts curriculum being written focusing on Art. Autumn 2017 will see the beginning of the work to integrate music into the art curriculum, using the same ethos and commitment to developing key skills.
The data for the different curriculum areas to reflect that:
The percentage of children at or above ARE increases over the academic year.
The percentage of children at or above ARE increases year on year.
Through talking with the children it is clear that:
They enjoy the curriculum
They develop passions for different areas of the curriculum
They have a say in what and how they learn
They are becoming independent learners
They want to make the world a better place
Educational Visits and Enrichments
Trips and visits away from school provide unique and valuable experiences for children to explore and learn beyond the classroom. The broad range of trips that we arrange provides all our pupils with opportunities that engage and inspire them. We also encourage children to experience inspiration days within school.
Our youngest children, in the foundation stage and KS1, enjoy farm visits and a trip to the zoo. Many of these trips encourage our pupils to explore the natural world. We also plan trips to inspire and motivate such as a visit to Manchester Airport where the children can role-play being pilots and explore a real aeroplane. Each year, talented theatre groups visit the children in class to capture their imagination and creativitiy. One of the highlights of reception is their visit to the seaside!
Older pupils, in Years 3 and 4 continue to visit theatres, places of worship, museums etc., such as the National Coal Mining Museum near Huddersfield. Pupils also develop their appreciation of local artists by visiting the Yorshire Sculpture Park. In Year 4, pupils have an exciting opportunity to participate in a week long residential to a farm retreat centre, where the children experience animal husbandry, outdoor activities, arts and crafts and team building skills.
Our oldest pupils, in Years 5 and 6, have experiences which deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. Year 5 have a residential visit to Whitby to investigate coast and the human impact on the environment. In Year 6, the children have recently had the opportunity to visit either Scotland or Cornwall on a week long residential, which is an absolutely fantastic experience. They are encouraged to undertake challenges in an exciting and safe environment. They explore their own potential and strengthen their ability to work as a team when solving problems.
Our children have opportunities to demonstrate citizenship by being involved with the Christmas Festival Concert at Leeds Town Hall, visiting the Central Library and using its archives to find out about the history of Leeds and the Halton Moor area as well as fund raising for charities.
The National Curriculum Documents can be found by following this link.