Curriculum Subject Approach
Every Curriculum Subject Leader works within a 'TEAM"
Literacy and Language Development Team:- Literacy, Drama, Oracy, French
STEM Team:- Science, Design and Technology, Computing and Mathematics
Cultural team:- Art and Design, Music and Dance
World Around Us Team:- R.E, Beliefs and Values, History and Geography
Health and Well-Being Team:-PSHEE/SRE, PE, Outdoor Learning and Development, and Inclusion
At Meadowbank we are dedicated to continually improving and adapting our practises in education in order to tailor our teaching to the needs of the children. We endeavour to provide them with enriching learning experiences which ensure secure and progressive skill development. We regularly learn within teams and use research as a methodology to challenge our thinking and pedagogies as a main vehicle for improving outcomes for the children and the teaching team through collaboration and sharing of best practises. We believe that this process enables us to focus on priorities and the reflective nature of research allows for in-depth conversations about our own and other practises which supports and accelerates the progress and impact on outcomes for children.
All Curriculum Subject Leaders have a strong understanding of the EYFS Curriculum, and the seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in our Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected, and the experience, opportunities and activities which are planned enable children to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundations for good future progress through school and life.
As children move into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, subjects are planned, for Years 1 to 6, using Meadowbank's subject specific progressive skills, knowledge and vocabulary maps. Leaders carefully align the children's learning to the national curriculum coverage, while ensuring children are empowered to make their own decisions, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of how their current learning across subject disciplines is interconnected and builds on prior learning and moves it forward.
Planning is a shared approach and comes directly from rich discussions with the children. As they move through the school, the children are involved in generating "big questions" and identifying key concepts they would like to explore and uncover, so they can acquire the skills and knowledge to answer them.
Through our curriculum, Meadowbank's children are empowered to make informed decisions and know how to make a positive contribution to their school, local environment and wider community. Our curriculum is supported and enriched by a wide range of educational visits; visitors and experts, in a range of fields, are also regularly welcomed into school to further enhance children's learning and development. Enrichment opportunities support all aspects of the curriculum, including academic and personal development. They provide first hand experiences to deepen children's knowledge, understanding and skills, and engage and excite the children by providing a stimulus for further learning.
“When you see something then you learn about it; it helps you to remember because it’s in your memory. It can help you to make a link and then it becomes powerful because you can use it to understand, think and learn more by asking questions and exploring new experiences.” Children’s Leadership Team 2021