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.
At Meadow Green we follow NCETM’s Teaching for Mastery Programme which we joined in 2017. Our Assistant Headteacher Ms Sue Jones is a Primary Maths Mastery Specialist who leads the development of this approach to maths teaching at our school and supports its development in other schools within Worcestershire. There is further information on Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) that children need to know to develop fluency, later on this page.
We hope our themes will interest the children and provide many new learning opportunities.
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Key Instant Recall Facts
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
An important part of maths development has always been rote learning of certain maths facts. For many years this has included practising times tables and addition facts, such as numberbonds and doubles. Each half term children will be assessed on Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) that will be taught in school but also need to be practised at home as well.
It is important that they know these facts thoroughly and can recall them instantly. Whilst children have a wide range of abilities in mathematics, the KIRFs are designed to be a set of facts that need to be learnt thoroughly as they build on each other year on year. Again, we stress that the children must aim to know their KIRFs inside out, back to front and with instant recall.
We strongly encourage you to engage with your children in the learning of their KIRFs and find fun and practical ways to do this. There are many online tools that you can use such as Times Table Rockstars for Years 2-6, Daily ten and Hit the button which can both be found through these web links.
Children should should undertake these regularly as part of weekly homework. You might find that your child may need to work on some of the KIRFs from the previous year as they may not be secure in those yet.
We know that, by internalising these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will leave Meadow Green with a much stronger foundation of mathematical understanding to build upon.
We hope that you enjoy working alongside your children with this mathematics work. Should you have any questions about the KIRFs programme, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
We will endeavour to keep you up to date with any curriculum changes that may be made as our school curriculum evolves.
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.
Modern Languages (KS2)
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.
Children attend swimming lessons whilst in the Year 3/4 phase in both year. Lessons take place at Studley Leisure Centre, with each class attending for a 10 week block over a term. As a school we follow and work towards the KS2 Water Safety award with the aim that by the end of Year 4 almost all children will have achieved the required standard. Children currently go in two groups utilising our school minibus. Consequently we do not request parental contributions towards the cost of transporting the children to swimming.
From September 2015 a new approach to formally assessing and recording the progress of our children has been introduced. At Meadow Green we use Optimum Education's O-Track and Class Track monitoring and assessment system to record children's learning and 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.