Curriculum

Our School Curriculum

Here at Meadow Green, our curriculum focuses on developing the core skills of English and Maths as well as providing enriching learning experiences. In order to achieve our aims, we feel it is essential to have a well planned and structured curriculum based on the programmes of study of the New National Curriculum. We have developed a ‘creative’ and engaging curriculum using the National Curriculum 2014. We have tried to ensure that we have maintained the enrichment activities of our ‘old curriculum’, which we considered to be the motivational aspect of the children’s learning experiences. Of course our extra curricular activities such as music lessons, theme days, visits to /from external groups and celebratory events will remain.

We hope our themes will interest the children and provide many new learning opportunities.

Please click on the relevant phase or subject area for more information:

 

FSU  Information Guide & Topic Webs

 

KS1 Thematic Topic Map

 

Key Stage 1 Topic Webs linked  to Thematic Map

Year 1/2 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Cycle B

Toys

Transport

Animals

Cycle A Houses and Homes

Plants  & Dinosaurs

 Weather

 

Key Stage 2 Thematic Topic Map

 

Key Stage 2 Topic Webs linked  to Thematic Map

Year 3/4 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Cycle A  

Stone Age to Iron Age

 

 

Romans

 

 

Mexico

 

Cycle B  

Ancient Egypt

 

 

Birmingham

& Settlements

 

 

Our World

 

Year 5/6 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Cycle A  

Rivers and Water

 

 

Europe – Greece &

The Ancient Greeks

 

 

Mountains & Volcanoes

 

Cycle B  

Food and Farming

 

Anglo Saxons & Vikings  

The Battle of Britain

 *NEW TOPIC*

We will endeavour to keep you up to date with any  curriculum changes that may be made as our school curriculum evolves.

 

Our Reading Scheme


Here at Meadow Green we aim to promote and uphold a love of reading in all of our children.

We have a wide range of reading books for children to access in school, Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson Rapid Phonics, Ginn, Collins, Fireflies and Heinemann Discovery World. Our reading books throughout school are set on a book band basis, the banding starts with easier and simpler books at pink and goes up to the colour black which are more challenging. Colour bands are not set into age groups or year groups and children will move through the book bands at an individual pace, dependent on advise/teaching from the class teacher. Once a child has demonstrated appropriate fluency and comprehension of a range of texts from the highest band they are then identified as ‘Free’ readers and can select books such as classic novels or popular children’s authors  based on interest or preference.

 

 

Currently, the subjects we teach are:

Core Subjects Foundation Subjects
English
Mathematics
Science
Religious Education
History
Geography
Design Technology
Music
Art
Physical Education
Computing
Modern Languages (KS2)

 

Here  is a link to the new national curriculum documentation for each of the subjects above: The New National Curriculum 2014.

 

We also teach Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship. A variety of cross-curricular issues are addressed, which include Sex and Relationship Education, Equal Opportunities and Cultural Issues.
Sex and Relationships Education(SRE) Programme followed by the school is the Christopher Winter Project and takes place as a natural part of both our health education programme and work on the life cycles of plants and animals, which form part of the National Curriculum in Science.
Parts of the programme that deal specifically with puberty and human reproduction are normally covered in Years 5 and 6 and parents are told when this is likely to happen during the year. Such issues are dealt with sensitively and involve discussions about emotions, caring relationships, security and stability of families as well as personal health and biological aspects of reproduction. Lessons are usually mixed whole class lessons with the normal class teachers. Some aspects are discussed separately with boys and girls, though all aspects are taught to both.
Parents are welcome to look at teaching plans and organisation of lessons and to discuss their own views with us in order for home and school to be mutually supportive. Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education provided except that which forms part of the National Curriculum in Science. Parents should discuss any such request with the Head teacher.
A full copy of the school’s Health and Sex Education Policy is available on request.
Modern Foreign Languages is taught, with the subject of choice being French.
Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus and the opportunity for collective worship occurs daily. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE or Collective Worship.

 

Assessment Arrangements
From September 2015 a new approach to formally assessing and recording the progress of our children has been introduced. The O-Track and Class Track monitoring and assessment system will be used which informs staff and parents of the specific skills and knowledge that the children need to develop in order to progress. Pupils individual  progress against key learning objectives will be shared termly in order to ensure parents understand how their child is dong and areas where they can support the learning at home.