Our Curriculum Statement
At Meppershall Academy we believe that a curriculum is everything a child experiences in school, whether planned or unplanned. We have a strong commitment to providing the best possible chance for every child to thrive by engaging in learning both within and beyond the classroom.
Our curriculum is designed to develop the academic, the physical and what is becoming the increasingly important emotional well-being of children. We help them acquire strategies which develop resilience and enhance mental wealth.
We provide a project-based curriculum where connections are made between individual subjects and where children’s interests shape the learning experiences we provide. The curriculum is sequential, building on previous knowledge and skills so that they become embedded in children’s long term memory and can be transferred to different contexts. We plan opportunities for them to be creative, to experiment, explore and vitally, to make mistakes from which they will learn and grow.
We believe our children need to be familiar with the growing locality in which they live and understand how they fit within it. We recognise that for children to thrive in the wider world exposure to the diversity of cultures and faiths that contribute to the richness of our country is important. We have planned activities throughout the curriculum to expose them to this diversity including visits to nearby contrasting localities.
We also believe our children need opportunities to develop their voice so they can stand up for what is right and speak out against things that are wrong. So we seek to include activities to develop their confidence in speaking and listening. We do this through purposeful classroom talk and rich conversations where they express their own opinions and learn to agree and disagree respectfully with others.
Our commitment to ensuring that all children experience a broad education is underpinned by ensuring that they understand the role and purpose of Christian values in their lives. By living these values every day, they will learn to become successful individuals within our community, and be prepared for living in the world beyond.
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Our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage ( EYFS) curriculum guidelines,
This is taught through topics and a play based curriculum which covers different areas of learning, such as Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development, as well as Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Creative Arts. The children enjoy learning activities both indoors and outdoors, and we aim to provide a balance of child-led learning and carefully structured class, group or individual taught activities.
The rest of the school follow the National Curriculum 2014 programmes of study:
Year 1 and Year 2 follow the Key Stage One (KS1).
Year 3 and Year 4 follow the first two years of the Key Stage Two (KS2) curriculum with us, before moving on to complete the last two years of Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6) in a middle school setting.
OUR ENGLISH CURRICULUM
Phonics is at the heart of our English curriculum, and children start the building blocks from day one, developing phonological awareness and skills. We follow the Department for Education’s recommended approach: Letters and Sounds. This is a detailed and systematic programme from Reception to Year 2, split into 6 phases teaching knowledge of graphemes and phonemes (letters and sounds), and the skills of how to decode them (reading) and how to blend them (writing). We use Phonics Play as our central Scheme of Work.
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Reading is a critical life skill, and is much more than decoding the symbols and words on a page. Our curriculum aims to place understanding and enjoyment at the heart of reading, enabling children to foster a delight in literature and a love of books. Reading is initially taught 1:1,with books matched to appropriate phonic knowledge. This is followed by a structured programme of Guided Reading in small groups. Skills taught follow the National Curriculum in order to nurture successful, independent and confident readers who are equipped with a range of strategies with which to decode print and interpret a wide variety of texts.
Our reading scheme consists of Big Cat Collins and Phonics Bug until children have reached the end of Letters and Sounds. This is then followed by Oxford Owl for more confident readers.
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Skills are taught in line with the National Curriculum, and cover grammar, spelling, punctuation, organisation, vocabulary, planning and editing. Each year, children experience a series of ‘Writing Journeys’ which begin with a rich text, experience of film designed to inspire them. They then move on to acquire and develop skills, and they finish with a written piece of work in a specific genre for a specific purpose.
Handwriting is taught through the Nelson scheme of work. Children are taught correct pencil grip and posture, correct formation of letters, and from Year 2, how to join accurately.
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KS1&2 Curriculum Overviews
- Year 1 Overview Autumn 2019
- Year 2 Overview Autumn 2019
- Year 3 Overview Autumn 2019
- Year 4 Overview Autumn 2019
- Year R Overview Spring 2020
- Year 1 Overview Spring 2020
- Year 2 Overview Spring 2020
- Year 3 Overview Spring 2020
- Year 4 Overview Spring 2020