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Our curriculum at  Meanwood C.E. Primary school is carefully designed, organised and planned for depth of learning:



At Meanwood CE Primary school our definition of progress progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.


Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.


Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.



How does our curriculum contribute to the culture, climate and aims of our school?



How does our curriculum contribute to the culture, climate and aims of our school?


John 13;35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples . If you love one another



  • Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised to ensure that what lies at the heart of our curriculum is visible and not just words on a curriculum statement.
  • It is our firm belief that the substance of our education prepares children well for the challenges they will face in life and at the next stage of their education.
  • Our curriculum is based on one fundamental principle that every child will achieve the highest possible outcomes in their academic and personal development.
  • When planning each topic/area we start by looking at the standard we expect every child to achieve and what deep level learning looks like. Learning experiences are then planned to ensure that every child stands the best possible chance of achieving this.



How does our curriculum promote equality for all pupils and staff?


  • Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every pupil/all groups of learners in our school.
  • We carefully look at the needs of every child/group and tailor the curriculum to deliver what best meets their needs and how they learn most effectively.
  • Every child’s progress is carefully monitored and tracked and action taken immediately if progress is not as expected.
  • Every child and member of staff fully participates in every area of the curriculum through careful adaptions and modifications where necessary.


How does our curriculum create a positive climate for learning?



  • Our curriculum is inspiring, challenging and exciting for all children.
  • Opportunities for children to be intellectually engaged are carefully planned in to ensure children are motivated to learn and achieve a deeper level of understanding in all subject areas.
  • Many opportunities are provided for parents to become actively engaged in the curriculum establishing a genuine learning partnership between home and school.


How does our curriculum support and encourage staff?



  • Staff are fully involved in the design, planning and implementation of our curriculum giving them ownership and opportunities to use their knowledge and skills.
  • Staff report that the curriculum is motivational and that they enjoy creating new and exciting learning experiences for the children.
  • Flexibility of timetables allows teachers to explore subjects in depth allowing the children to steer their learning and develop a deep level of understanding.
  • Teachers are trusted to take risks with their teaching and explore subjects in more detail.


How are policies used to ensure effective implementation of the curriculum?



  • Subject policies are written in collaboration with all staff to ensure that everybody understands that we are not merely covering content and filling children with knowledge, but developing key skills, knowledge and understanding which can be applied across the curriculum.



Curriculum Statement – Balance



At Meanwood C.E. Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum to provide balance for every pupil:




At Meanwood school it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s head and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.


We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.


At Meanwood C.E. Primary school we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.


We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.


Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.


Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Meanwood C.E Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.




Curriculum Statement – Breadth



At Meanwood C.E. Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil:




In our school careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.


Our curriculum priorities are:


  1. Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future.
  2. Initiative - we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners.
  3. Environment – we aim to provide experiences which help our pupils value their environment and understand their responsibilities towards sustaining their local and global environment.


We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.



Here are some whole school long term plans. These detail which topics/themes will be taught  throughout the year. These may change depending on annual events or initiatives. Also some topics may be taught at a different point in the year due to curriculum innovations.

Please read the school's prospectus for even more information about the day to day running of school. 

If you have any questions or queries about the curriculum please contact the headteacher: Helen Eagles  (