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Our Curriculum

At Meadowside, our learning environment is positive, rich, engaging and challenging to stimulate all children. English and mathematics are taught daily, often with strong links to the topic the children are studying. The schools splits across year groups on a Friday morning for Maths Detectives (using and applying and problem solving based activities).  We also provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the New Primary National Curriculum. Subjects taught in the school include Science, Religious Education, Computing, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Art and Design and Modern Foreign Languages (French).

Our curriculum policy can be found here.

Topics

Reception: This is always driven by the children’s interests!

Years 1 and 2: Science and nature, Monsters, History of The United Kingdom, Toys (materials), Pirates, What makes Britain Great?

Years 3 and 4: Human body, Light, Natural disasters, Local environment, Anglo-Saxons, The Stoneage, Art, Magnets and Forces, Romans.

Years 5 and 6: Superheroes, Rainforests, Vikings, Space, Healthly lifestyles, Shakespeare, The Greeks. Here‘s an example of homework that one of our awesome year sixes put together for our space topic.

You can see that each year group covers a different topic each term. Topics are named using more exciting vocabulary but this page is for your information! The topics are designed to meet objectives from the National Curriculum. Wherever possible, teachers and children will plan ideas for maths and English around their topic subject. This means Meadowside has a rich, varied and interesting curriculum!

We encourage creative thinking across the curriculum. When planning, our teaching team uses a curriculum design developed by our curriculum team. The thematic approach takes into consideration:

What do the children already know?

 What do they want to know? Topic planning is often guided by the children’s desire. It’s a brave approach, but the children love it!

Is it a statement or question based approach for each sub-topic?

How can we ‘WOW’ the children at the beginning of the topic?

Are there any trips/visits/resources that could further engage the children?

Is it FUN and MEANINGFUL? That’s why we’re here!

Are there any links that can be made to Modern Britain? How can we help develop our children into good citizens?

How can the children and adults assess the learning that takes place? How does this inform future planning?

What homework opportunities are there to further extend learning?

If you would like to see how we have broken down the curriculum into each year group from Year 1 -6 please click here.

For a detailed coverage of the objectives for each year group, please browse the files below:

Reception

For guidance on the EYFS (Reception) framework, please click here.

Key Stage 1

Year 1 Mathematics Assessment

Year 1 Reading Assessment

Year 1 Reading Assessment

Year 2 Mathematics Assessment

Year 2 Reading Assessment

Year 2 Writing Assessment

Lower Key Stage 2

Year 3 Mathematics Assessment

Year 3 Reading Assessment

Year 3 Writing Assessment

Year 4 Mathematics Assessment

Year 4 Reading Assessment

Year 4 Writing Assessment

Upper Key Stage 2

Year 5 Mathematics Assessment

Year 5 Reading Assessment

Year 5 Writing Assessment

Year 6 Mathematics Assessment

Year 6 Reading Assessment

Year 6 Writing Assessment

Details on our school reading and phonics scheme can be found here.