The finest gift to a child is the ability to read and write. When a child has learnt those skills a whole world opens up to them. We ensure that reading, comprehension and creative writing are taught and learned thoroughly by using a combination of reading schemes supported by a phonic based scheme for teaching spelling and sounds. This then builds into the skills of grammar, punctuation and handwriting as the fundamentals for writing.
Mathematics is taught using a wide variety of concrete apparatus. Children are given plenty of practical experience, especially in the early years, allowing them to develop the skills and understanding necessary for them to handle mathematical data with confidence and enthusiasm.
All classrooms have a whiteboard installed and the children have access to laptops and ipads during computing and other lessons. They are taught how to make productive use of the Internet, word processing skills, as well as learning how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Through Science the children will be encouraged to understand how key knowledge and concepts can be used for explanation of what is occurring, prediction of how things will behave, and analysis of causes. They will have ample opportunity to use equipment to investigate, experiment and develop an enquiring mind.
At Meredale Independent we teach the children French using the La Jolie Ronde scheme. For the younger children French is introduced through song and play and as the children progress it is taught more formally with a strong emphasis on oral and aural skills.
Geography, History, Art and Design Technology
We teach these subjects through a thematic topic approach with the children studying a topic for up to 6 weeks at a time. They are challenged to investigate, inquire and raise questions to help them in understand about their past, present and future.
PE is one of the key successes of a healthy child and is fundamentally important at Meredale. The school hall, playground, park and playing field provide many opportunities for physical activity, including an annual sports day. Futhermore, swimming lessons take place on a weekly basis for all years, at the local swimming pool.
Creative Arts and Music
All children participate in a range of musical experiences, including being encouraged to learn to play the recorder and music lessons. There are numerous opportunities for children to participate in singing, acting, dancing and drama productions across the year, such as Harvest Festival and Christmas productions. We also offer additional music lessons in a range of instruments, through the school day.
We feel that it is important for all children attending the school to take part in our assemblies since the family and caring principals they encourage will benefit everyone. Children of any faith are welcome. Our lessons explore Christianity without indoctrination or a leaning towards a particular denomination and other religions and beliefs are studied to encourage insight and understanding of all faiths.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) lessons are learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. The lessons equip children and young people with then knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives.
Additionally every child has the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, to speak French and takes part in weekly swimming lessons.