Curriculum at Meadstead

Recovery Currciulum Septemebr 2020

Following on from what has been an unprecedented year at Meadstead we welcome all children back in September. In the first half term we will be making every effort to cover skills that children have missed in the 2019-20 academic year and have implemented a Recovery Curriculum to address the gaps in learning. We will have a clear focus on orcay and early reading skills with the younger children in the Academy and will have a clear focus on mental health and wellbeing for all children in the Academy. Have a look here at some examples of our Trust's Recovery Curriculum.

In 2019, we undertook a full review of our curriculum and how we deliver it. In other words, we wanted to make sure that we were teaching the right things, in the right way, to ensure that our children get the most out of their time in the academy. As a result, we came up with an updated version of our Curriculum Intent but also made sure that we set ourselves some tough and very measurable targets to ensure that we really are doing what we say we will. You can find both of these on the Vision and Aims page of this website. We will continually, review this curriculum to ensure that we are instilling the adequate skills and understanding for them to be outstanding citizens within our community

Unite Curriculum

We also have planned in serveral drop down days/weeks that celebrate British Values, religious festivals and cultures from around the world. In 2020 -21 we will be hosting World Book Day, National Science Day, National Sports Week, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Chinese New Year, Eid, Spanish Day, Christingle, Harvest Festival, Christmas Week and Easter to name just a few, more to be announced as the year progresses.

Our youngest children in the Academy will continue to follow their own bespoke curriculum (designed with the needs of our children in mind) that encourages them to develop a variety of basic skills through fun themes and play linked to these themes (one topic covered each learning block). The FS team will assess the children regularly to ensure that they are making progress and this is often done by taking pictures and videos of the scholars in action and also the work that they produce using a system called Early Essence. Further information about the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found in the EYFS policy which can be downloaded from the policies page.

We are proud of the end result of our work and think that we have come up with an exciting, challenging and enjoyable curriculum as well as a robust way of checking children are making great progress. Our curriculum isn't just about what happens in our classrooms either, our children are learning from the moment they step over the threshold of the academy - we have clear academy rules and expectations, we talk about our academy culture of high aspirations in our assemblies and we actively model and teach the children how to behave in a variety of social situations.

Find out more about how our curriculum works in practice and how we assess our pupils' progress on the next page by clicking here. You can also find out what each team and class will be working on by going to the relevant team page (click on the 'class' link at the top of this page).

Mastery Flow

Within our core subjects of Maths, English adn Science we follow the Mastery Flow model - this enable children to progress at their own pace with clear strech and challenge.

The Mastery Flow Model is a process in which learners progress from new learning to deep understanding.

We define deep understanding as:

  1. Pupil’s long term retention.
  2. Pupil’s ability to apply learning in a variety of context including unfamiliar context.
  3. It is about pupils knowing what they know.