The Meadows

Primary School

‘Play Together, Learn Together, Achieve Together’

The National Curriculum

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
(Years 1 and 2)              (Years 3 - 6)

Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and
  • prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum is about all learning and other experiences that we as a school plan for our pupils. The national curriculum (new for September 2014) forms part of our school's curriculum

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)
Children from Years 1- 6 follow the national curriculum

The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of subjects, which are made up of ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.
For more information about the curriculum for each subject, please click the link.  
Teaching Phonics and Reading
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all receive a daily, twenty minute 'Letters and Sounds' lesson.

'Letters and Sounds' is a government program that teaches children synthetic phonics in a high quality, systematic way to help children develop the skills necessary for early reading and spelling.

For children's individual reading books, the school uses a number of different reading schemes and real books that are grouped within colour bands. The children's book band colour is related to the level of their reading ability.

For our daily guided reading sessions, where the teacher works with a group of up to six children of similar reading ability, we have books that range from fully phonetically de-codable books
 for our youngest readers to challenging non-fiction texts for our most able readers.