Every child at Green Meadow Primary school has access to a broad and balanced curriculum which allows children to develop as successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals. The curriculum comprises of all the varied and exciting activities and experiences we offer to the children and includes the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.
The curriculum is organised into termly topics in each year group. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught discretely within these and relevant links are made to other areas of the curriculum to provide meaningful opportunities for learning. Our wider curriculum includes the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Computing, Music and Design Technology. Two of these are developed in depth every half term allowing pupils to develop a greater depth of knowledge, understanding and interest in a subject and to apply skills they have developed. Our topics are planned around the children’s interests and learning needs and the children play a central part in planning topics by sharing what they would like to learn and how they would like to learn it. All topics include with a ‘Topic Day’, a trip, a visitor or an experience to fully immerse the children in their learning.
Outdoor learning is interwoven throughout the curriculum to support the teaching of all the various subject areas. Outdoor learning is very important to us at Green Meadow because we believe it enables us to support children’s learning in a multi- sensory, ever changing environment, where the sky is the limit! Children are given the opportunity to take risks in a safe environment and develop life skills and knowledge through: problem solving activities, bushcraft, camp fires, den building, climbing, outdoor art and plant and wildlife identification. In addition to this, KS1 and the Early Years have extended outdoor classrooms which are used to enrich and enhance learning experiences and opportunities.
Staying active and promoting healthy choices are important to us at Green Meadow. All children have two PE lessons a week; one is taught by the class teacher and one by a specialist teacher from Sports Plus. Children are taught PE through a variety of activities, including dance, gymnastics, team sports and athletics. Children from Year 2 to Year 6 are also involved in swimming. In addition to PE lessons, we offer a wide range of extra curricular sports clubs and involvement in competitions.
Computing is part of our daily lives so computer literacy has become as important as English and Maths skills. It is vital that pupils have the opportunity to learn about and use modern technology so that they are prepared for life. We aim to enable pupils to use computer technology safely, effectively and with purpose.
To support the personal development of each child and contribute to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and understanding, we have a well embedded, structured programme for PSHE and citizenship. We also follow Birmingham’s agreed syllabus for RE which enables all children to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the main faiths and traditions and to learn about and respect the beliefs of others.