The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught.The new national curriculum programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught by the end of each key stage.
Our Curriculum Statement
At Meldreth Primary School we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. In addition to acquiring skills and knowledge we aim to help the children to grow in confidence and maturity so that they can enter secondary school, and later, adulthood with the ability to pursue wholeheartedly, academic social and cultural activities.
We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. This National Curriculum comprises of three core subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science
And foundation subjects:
History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Religious Education and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus 2013.
At Meldreth Primary School we place great emphasis on Numeracy and Literacy as these underpin many of the other aspects of the taught curriculum.
Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks.
When we plan our curriculum it is based around a rolling programme to ensure that topics are covered by all children who progress through the school. The rolling programmes for both Key Stages make use of our local environment. We also study other localities so that children gain an understanding of Britain as a diverse society.
This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work. There is now a great deal of emphasis in the use of ICT across the curriculum with a focus on ‘Computing’ and, in particular, computer skills to enhance the learning in all the subjects of the curriculum. Through the subject of ‘Computing’ we aim to teach a progressive set of skills that enable all the children to become competent and confident users of ICT.
At Meldreth Primary School we are looking to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg 'Nature Detectives' sessions, residential trips, gifted and talented workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting theatre companies and art projects. We also have excellent extra curricular provision.
We also value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and French is taught formally throughout the school from Year 3 to Year 6.
When children leave Meldreth Primary School at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners.