Our Curriculum Drivers
POSSIBILITIES - Children cannot aspire to things they have never encountered. We will work to broaden our children’s horizons, expanding their knowledge of the world of the work by nurturing their interests as well as encouraging fearlessness of what is new or unknown.
REAL EXPERIENCES - we believe that children learn by doing, so we take them on lots of educational visits, invite speakers into school, bring in artefacts and interesting objects, use our environment to spark learning.
INITIATIVE - It is vital that we nurture the natural curiosity of our children, enabling them to become independent in thought and action and encouraging them to imagine, enquire and become increasingly enterprising.
ADVENTURE - we are passionate about the physical development of our children. We believe competition and sportsmanship develop confidence. We want our children to know there is more to life than the virtual, digital world and will allow them to manage real risks by having fun and a little danger!
COMMUNITY - Meldreth is a wonderful place to come to school and learn; we want children to be aware that they are a central part of a small community and have a role to play in that community. They are also part of a bigger national and international community. We have links with the local church, many people and groups in the village and also with the wider world.
Our Curriculum Statement
The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught and sets out what pupils should be taught by the end of each key stage.
It is our vision to deliver outstanding educational provision so that our children become…
- responsible, independent individuals who have the knowledge and attitudes to contribute to and be successful in an ever-changing world
- creative, imaginative thinkers and risk takers who enjoy challenge and love solving problems
- respectful and resilient learners
Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the quality of children’s learning and is designed to help prepare them for their futures.
“It is calculated that by 2026, half the jobs that people will be performing do not yet exist. We simply don’t know what they will be.” Mick Waters (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority).
This reality forms the basis of our curriculum which focuses on developing children’s skills to develop independence and tackle challenges with confidence.
Our curriculum is planned using the national curriculum which became statutory in September 2014 and places less emphasis on TEACHING facts - greater emphasis on:
- teaching children how to LEARN the facts for themselves
- embedding the skills and attitudes needed to be successful in life
General Aims of our School Curriculum:
- To encourage each individual child to develop to their full potential socially, intellectually, physically, spiritually and emotionally, in a secure and happy environment.
- For all children, in all identified groups, to have high levels of understanding in a wide range of subjects across the curriculum.
- To deliver a broad, balanced curriculum where varied learning experiences enable children to become independent, confident and responsible learners.
- To have respect for religious and moral values, encouraging self-discipline and a caring responsible attitude towards others.
- To develop high quality literacy, numeracy and communication (oracy) skills.
- To acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities relevant to adult life in a fast changing world.
- To introduce children to the world about them, through scientific enquiry, and to help them towards an understanding of the interdependence of people, both today and in the past.
- To help children become aware of the community around them and encourage ways in which they can begin to share in it.
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 our creative and thematic approach to learning is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Projects which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
We use a rigorous skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills are linked to our activities and are age related so that staff can monitor children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through educational visits, visitors in the school and shared experiences of the wider community, eg Involvement with parents and school links etc… Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg 'Nature Detectives' sessions, residential trips, a variety of sporting events, visiting theatre companies and art projects. We also have excellent extra curricular provision.
Children’s achievements are celebrated regular through the school newletters, displays in classrooms and shared areas and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with parent and carers and the rest of the school.
We also value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and Spanish is taught throughout the school from Year 1 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.