At Meridian Community Primary School and Nursery we are passionate about making learning fun, exciting and engaging for children. We ensure full National Curriculum coverage and progression across the school through a wide range of carefully planned cross-curricular topics. All statutory subjects are either taught through meaningful topic related links or discreetly where necessary. Teachers work hard to plan lessons that link English, science, history, geography, computing, design technology, art and music to the topic. Other subjects, such as mathematics, French, Religious Education, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health Education are mainly taught discreetly, unless clear links can be made.
Following feedback from children and parents, wherever possible we try to have a whole school topic so that everyone is buzzing and learning about the same over-arching theme. At the start of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms each year group invites parents and carers to attend a Curriculum Chat where teachers will share the learning for the next topic and explain how you can be involved as partners in your children's learning. This will include information about any visits or visitors planned.
At the end the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, parents and carers are invited in for Parent Open Afternoon to celebrate the children's learning and look at their books and displays in the classrooms. These are a great way to end the topics and allow the children to share everything they have learnt and enjoyed.
As well as our topic themes, we enhance our curriculum with themed curriculum weeks, special curriculum days, whole school book/author studies. We have a curriculum commitment to ensuring children have a wide range of experiences, such as hearing live music and going to the theatre.
Here are some of the things we are most proud of about our curriculum
- 100% of our children say that Learning at Meridian is fun (Pupil Voice - July 2018).
- 100% of our children will have the opportunity to learn at least two instruments including a flutophone and ukulele.
- 100% of our children get to experience Forest School and learn incredible skills such as den building.
- 100% of our children have access to extra curricular opportunities through Play PE who provide all our enrichment clubs.
- We aim to provide fantastic playtimes for all our children through our work with OPAL (Outdoor Play & Learning).
- We promote a healthy lifestyle with super PE curriculum which includes daily Fitness 15 sessions.
- Our work through the Pivotal Approach to behaviour contributes well to our children's welfare, including their physical, mental and personal well-being, safety and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our curriculum inspires children to learn and acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning.