Curriculum

English

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Mathematics

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.

Computing

All classrooms have a whiteboard installed and the children have access to laptops and ipads during computing and other lessons. They are taught using the Purple Mash ICT scheme which is an online world accessed at school and home. The scheme teachers the children animation, online safety, game design, blogging and much much more

Science

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.

Languages

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 a term at a time. The curriculum is designed so that children will enjoy and engage in a variety of exciting learning opportunities.

Physical Education

PE is one of the key successes of a healthy child and is fundamentally important at Meredale. The school hall, playground 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.

Religious Education

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 the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and
responsible lives.

Educational Visits

Each term pupils take part in an educational visit to enhance their learning experiences. The visits are planned to be a vital part of our creative curriculum as they provide real hands-on experiences for all of our pupils.

In addition to offsite educational visits we also have a range of visitors who come into school to teach. These visitors provide a range of curriculum expertise and opportunities for pupils to learn through workshops, music, drama and much more.

 

Children at Meredale Independent School working

 

Additionally every child has the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, to speak French and takes part in weekly swimming lessons.