Learning at The Meadows: Our Curriculum Statement
Welcome to our curriculum page!
Our school ethos is based upon the promotion of self-belief and positive attitudes to life. We celebrate the children’s achievements together and encourage our children to be the best they can possibly be! At The Meadows, our curriculum is built on the requirements of the National Curriculum and The Early Years Foundation Stage.
Themes are chosen which cater for the needs and interests of our children, reflect our local area and stimulate learning.
Discover, Explore and Create!
|Big Picture Question||Memorable Experience||Authentic Outcome|
|Our questions are the starting points for our learning each term, and you will see them displayed in our classrooms. They are designed to make us think and wonder.We work together through the term to find answer.||Each term, an inpsirational visit or visitor into school is planned to provide a context for learning and to bring themes to life.||Most importantly of all, we plan our themes so that the learning has a real purpose and a reason. Children have opportunities to share their learning outcomes with a wider and more critical audience.|
Finally, pupils work towards an authentic outcome, which places it in a real-life context, invites evaluation and gives purpose. Our themes are focused in three main ways during the year:
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
A history-led focus
A geography-led focus
A focus on the arts
We continually strive to bring real-life experiences and opportunities into the curriculum and immerse the children within the current theme and make learning relevant. Each term, the pupils build on and learn new knowledge and skills. Enrichment activities are key to the learning that takes place. These may be visits or visitors to the school and form an integral part of the curriculum. In addition to this, all Year 6 pupils have the chance to take part in a residential visit. Professionals and experts support teaching and are able to extend learning opportunities. Subjects such as PE, dance, music and art are often delivered by specialists.
Children are aware of the outcome they are working towards at the end of the term, and it is designed to be meaningful and linked to a real-life context to promote high aspirations and a strong sense of purpose. We aim to give children a real context for their learning and the opportunity to receive feedback from an 'expert' audience.
For example, children in Years 5 and 6 produced and published their own book of stories inspired by their work on Roman Lincoln. It was launched at Waterstones Lincoln and a panel of experts reviewed extracts of the children's work. Families then had an opportunity to purchase the book. In Years 3 and 4, we worked with Lincoln Central Library and presented a display of our artwork for families and the general public to view and evaulate. In Years 1 and 2, we worked with the Lincoln Bomber Command centre and hosted an exhibition of learning about Lincoln in World War II. We also attended a special commemorative service. We are very proud of our learning.