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Our Curriculum

Reshaping our Curriculum: 2019 - 2021

At Meadowside, we follow the National Curriculum (2014). Our curriculum is designed to give every child a life-long love of learning, gain knowledge and acquire skills and to ultimately help them succeed in life beyond Meadowside. We have designed our curriculum using the ‘Big Ideas’ model. This takes a big concept, such as The Earth, Sun and Moon, Great Britain or The Romans, that is learnt through driving questions that helps all children understand our world. We plan carefully using pre-requisites and exciting end points (Topic Shines) so we are clear in what the children need to know to achieve in the next phase. We always take into account what children at Meadowside want to learn when they find out their new topic title. A ‘Golden Thread’ is used so that an overview of the Topic can be analysed by teachers to ensure curriculum coverage is strong and coherent. 

The documents below should be read alongside one another as it lays out our plan for reshaping our curriculum over the next two years:

The Meadowside Curriculum Policy

The Curriculum at Meadowside

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 detail about our intention, implementation and impact of Inclusion at Meadowside, please view this document: Inclusion at Meadowside 



Reception: This will vary each year but Traditional Tales, People who help us and the Environment are typical topics at our school. 

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, The Mayans, Vikings, Space, Healthly lifestyles, Shakespeare, The Ancient Greeks. 

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 and as part of the reshaping of our curriculum, will be structured in a way so the children learn and can apply their skills most effectively (see above documents for detail). Wherever meaningful, teachers and children will plan ideas for Maths and English around their topic subject. This means Meadowside has a rich, varied and interesting curriculum!

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception)

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

End of Year Expectations in Personal Development, Reading, Writing and Maths

Please browse the documents below to discover what your child should know by the end of each year. 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


For detail about our intention, implementation and impact of reading at Meadowside, please view this document: Reading at Meadowside


For detail about our intention, implementation and impact of writing at Meadowside, please view this document: Writing at Meadowside.


For detail about our intention, implementation and impact of mathematics at Meadowside, please view this document: Mathematics at Meadowside.

Religious Education

For detail about our intention, implementation and impact of Religious Education (RE) at Meadowside, please view this document: RE at Meadowside