We have designed our ambitious curriculum to challenge all our children regardless of their individual needs and life experiences.
At our Federation we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (2021) as our reference point for a broad and balanced curriculum.
Every aspect of our school life contributes to ensuring children make sense of and appreciate the world around them as responsible global citizens.
Our Children are provided with the opportunities to develop the learning behaviours than enable them to become life-long learners.
At Merebrook our curriculum is organised around core topics. Topics are carefully chosen to ensure all children are engaged and motivated, they also give children the experience to learn about themes that they may not have been exposed to previously. Keystage 1 topics are organised into cycle A (current academic year 2021-2022) and cycle B. We believe that choosing the right context to engage our children in their learning is vital in fostering a love of learning.
Subject knowledge and skills are planned and developed systematically through each topic with relevant links made to subjects and prior learning. Click the links below for further information on the topics we currently offer and the progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary for each subject area.
Progression of Knowledge and Skills
The teaching of reading starts as soon as children start school in Early Years. At Merebrook we use the highly successful Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics programme to teach children how to recognise and read the sounds in words and how to read what we call tricky red words, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. Children are taught in homogenous groups to ensure speedy acquisition of both phonic and reading skills. Children continue to move through the RWI programme as they move through to Keystage 1.
In addition to daily phonics lessons, children in Keystage 1 take part in individual and whole class reading sessions, led by an adult.
The focus in these sessions shifts towards the children’s understanding of the texts they are reading as they become fluent readers and they begin to develop the skills of inference and deduction. In these sessions, children mostly share texts which link to topic learning so that they are able to make links with their learning across the curriculum.
Children that are not making the progress we expect to see will receive 1:1 phonic tutoring by a qualified member of staff. The aim is for all children to ‘catch up and keep up’. Children that come to us from other schools at the start of September or mid-way through the year, will be assessed, grouped and supported with 1:1 tutoring, if required.
Every child takes home a RWI reading book which is closely linked to the pupil’s phonics ability. In addition to this text, pupils also have the opportunity to select another reading book to further widen their reading. Our home reading books incorporate several different schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats, Tree top. Children are encouraged to read at home on a daily basis and to discuss what they are reading.
Our assemblies promote the ethos of the school. Each month we focus on a values theme and a growth mindset theme. This specific teaching is interwoven throughout all we do.
Parents and carers are invited to attend a variety of assemblies. We encourage attendance as this promotes community spirit, and shows the school and the home working together in support of the children's achievements.
Below you will find a curriculum newsletter for each term. Each newsletter provides an overview of what the children will be learning. The newsletters are uploaded as they are updated. If you have any questions about any aspect of our curriculum please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.