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  Our Curriculum Statement 2021/2022

The National Curriculum 

At Mead Road Infant School we follow the revised version of National Curriculum in Years 1 and 2.

The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school, but we are proud to offer a much broader curriculum than that, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children.

The National Curriculum comprises core and foundation subjects. The three major core  "It will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning"subjects are English, mathematics and science and these take up a larger share of curriculum teaching time. The foundation subjects are: art and design, computing (previously Information and Communications Technology, or ICT), design and technology, geography, history, music, physical education and religious education. The main curriculum is extended with other aspects of learning, including personal, social and health education. There is also significant emphasis put on social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of individuals.

As we are a small school most children are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports including dance, yoga, netball, gymnastics and multi-skills.

Our curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. It will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception

The Foundation Stage Framework and Development Matters are the basis of our Reception curriculum.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage September 2021

The children learn through child-initiated activities and have access to a free flow environment, enabling them to access resources and activities both in and out of the classroom. The curriculum in Reception is defined into 7 areas of learning.

These include the prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • As well as the specific areas of learning:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In Reception, we give children plenty of opportunities to read, write and apply their mathematical understanding. As a result, our children start Year 1 as confident and competent learners.

We deliver an EYFS Information session to all our new Reception parents in September each each to inform them about teaching and learning in our Early Years. Please find below the presentation from this year's meeting: 

 

 

English

We love reading and writing at Mead Road and highly value the integral role that secure reading and writing skills play in the quality of our lives. 

Please see below for information about the process of early reading and writing development, how we teach both at school, and how you can support your child at home (delivered annually to parents as a Literacy Parent Workshop, delivered by our English Lead, Mrs. Viljoen): 

The video of this year's workshop can also be found here (Part 1: Reading; Part 2: Writing):

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Phonics

At Mead Road we teach children to read and spell using the 'Letters and Sounds' synthetic phonics programme.

Children are taught daily within small, differentiated learning groups and there is flexibility for children to access groups within different classes, according to need and ability.  

Please see below for a video produced by our Reception teacher, Miss. Whitehead, in which she explains about our phonics programme at Mead Road and how you can support your child with their phonics learning at home:

Relationships, Sex and Health Education  

At Mead road we use Coram's SCARF Programme to teach relationships, sex and health education in a fun, engaging and age-appropriate way. Information on SCARF, our curriculum overview and the DfE guidance on the teaching of RSHE can be found below:

DfE information on RSHE for parents

Information re. SCARF and our RSHE programme of study

Our SCARF curriculum overview for RSHE teaching per year group

We are currently running a parent consultation regarding our new RSHE policy and hope to have our new policy finalised within the first few weeks of the Summer term 2021

Parent letter regarding RSHE at Mead Road and our parent consultation March 2021

Curriculum Overviews

 

Curriculum Overviews 2020/2021


Curriculum Skills Map for each subject: 

 

Dedicated Learning Days

During the year we hold dedicated learning days. These include; music, art, poetry, books, mathematics and science. We believe that these days enrich the curriculum and widen learners’ experiences.

If you would like more information about our curriculum, then please contact Mrs. Sarah Stewart, our Head of School, via the school office. Thank you.