From their first day at school we start exploring pupils’ passions and interests. In our indoor or outdoor classrooms, through play and teaching, they will find experiences that will build the foundations of their mastery of reading, writing and mathematics. They will find a school which is full of provocations that will help them to think, create and work with other children to achieve their potential.
Following that first reception year, they will find themselves in classrooms and a school which continues to challenge and support them on their learning journey. They will explore the interests they have already nurtured and through planned experiences they will begin to see new ambitions. Alongside the mastery of reading, writing and mathematics they will explore their world, its history and the ideas, science and art we use to explain it through Learning Arcs.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 make exceptionally good use of information technology devices and can explain how this enhances their learning. Ofsted
A Learning Arc is a project which focuses on a particular place, period of history, cultural/artistic movement or scientific enquiry and looks more deeply at it. Within the Learning Arc your child will apply the skills and knowledge that they have learnt. Learning Arcs are designed to inspire your child and should be something they want to come home and tell you about at the end of the school day.
At Meadowbrook we use promote growth mindset in our feedback and discussions with the children. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success. Click here to learn more about growth mindsets.
Each year of your child’s school life they will experience weeks where the school comes together to focus on a particular area of learning and enquiry. There will be science weeks where visitors from our local industries and community will help us to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There will be weeks when our focus is on how we ensure your child knows how to keep themselves safe in the world or when surfing the internet. At others times of the year we will be committed to your child taking part, enjoying and learning to excel in sport.
The wide range of subjects and topics taught inspires pupils to learn well. Ofsted.
All of our children get opportunities to sing and to perform on stage and to learn a musical instrument in Year 4. From Year 3 we have a wide range of music teachers for brass, guitars, keyboards, violins and woodwind.
Through all of these learning experiences your child will lead learning and be led by other learners. Our teachers and teaching assistants will be supported by our Digital Leaders, our STEM Ambassadors, our School Council, our Travel Crew and our Learning Detectives. Your child will have opportunities to take on these leadership roles in school. We know that leadership by our children makes them confident learners who have the communication skills and attitudes that build our values in them.
Reading has been promoted well in the school, including by the use of thoughtful displays. Pupils read widely and enjoy the book club, the library and reading with their parents and carers. Ofsted
Our role at Meadowbrook as the Bristol Apple Regional Training Centre tells you about our commitment to the blending of digital technology into your child’s learning. Our children confidently use technology to raise the quality of their learning experiences. As well as selecting which technology will enhance their learning they also learn to balance its use with the other important ways that we work and study. Whether learning to programme or using an iPad to organise their learning, your child will become a skilled user of digital technologies at our school.
We learn French as our Modern Foreign Language at Meadowbrook. Children in KS2 have a 30 minute lesson weekly with additional time spent during the week learning French with the teacher. KS1 also participate in weekly French sessions.
Our EYFS curriculum can be found here: EYFS Curriculum
Our Primary curriculum can be found here: Primary Curriculum
Further details of the curriculum provided for each year group (Year group tangram) and their Learning Arcs (on the FROG site) can be found via the year group pages.
Useful Documents and Further Reading
English - Meadowbrook Phonics booklet (how we use Letters and Sounds to support phonics teaching)