Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a distinctive
Early Years Curriculum. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided
into seven areas of learning; Personal Social and Emotional Development,
Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths,
Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Each area of
learning is planned so that children have continuous access both inside and out.
Specific skills involving reading, writing and maths are taught through daily,
whole class, as well as small group, activities and children’s progress is monitored
both through observation during adult led and child-initiated activities.
The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught
from Year 1.
It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science as well as Religious
Education. We are always looking to develop teaching and learning at Meadows.
Meadows prides itself on its broad and balanced curriculum and strives for
excellence in all areas. Foundation subjects including Art and Design, Computing,
Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and PE are also taught on a
regular basis, with specialist teachers employed to teach MFL in some year groups.
As part of our school philosophy, we run a programme of Personal, Social,
Health and Education (PSHE), which includes Sex Education and Drugs Education.
Parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education if they wish.
In addition, children are given the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign
Language. It is our policy to entitle every member of our school to equal
opportunities in accessing the full curriculum. Religious Education is taught in
accordance with the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus.
Learning is planned through themes to give learning a greater purpose; to
support making links across the curriculum and to ensure learning is enhanced
through visits within and beyond the local area, visiting experts etc.
At the end of Key Stage 2, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a residential
at Arthog Out Reach.
As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to supplement
their learning with work done at home. Initially, this will take the form of regular
reading at home and, by Year 6, may include in-depth research projects.
Parents are kept informed about their child’s schoolwork through termly
Parents’ Evenings and regular bulletins outlining curriculum coverage.