Enjoy and Achieve
We have embraced the excellence and enjoyment initiative and have worked hard to shape and make the curriculum our own. We have tailored our curriculum by being creative; carefully evaluating our pupil strengths and needs. We have placed importance on promoting personal development, basic skills, creativity and physical activity.
What is it?
We have been changing the way we deliver our curriculum. We have moved subjects across the academic year so strong links can be made across several curriculum areas at one time.
We believe that by linking subject areas we enhance concepts taught and enable our pupils to make purposeful connections across subjects. When subjects are linked this becomes an Integrated Learning Unit. The Integrated Learning Unit is given a catchy title to engage the children further.
Does all the curriculum become integrated?
No! Some subjects do not lend themselves to being linked with other curriculum areas; these are known as stand alone subjects and are taught in their own right outside the integrated curriculum.
Ways of learning within our curriculum
The Integrated Learning Units are not just about gaining subject knowledge but developing children as effective learners.
At Kings Meadow we are developing a curriculum that engages and motivates children, facilitating thinking and learning, problem solving and creativity. We believe our curriculum promotes opportunities for our children to develop the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities that will enable them to be successful learners throughout their lives.
For example children will be taught how to work well with others and become collaborative learners who works well with others, confidently putting forward their own ideas whilst accepting those of others. They will be encouraged to listen actively, learn from others and achieve joint outcomes.
English and Maths
We provide our pupils with daily literacy (currently, for the majority of pupils, Read Write Inc) and numeracy lessons where they are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum. Lessons are sufficiently flexible to meet the learning needs of all children in the context of the subject being taught.
In addition we try to make links between curriculum subjects and areas of learning as we believe this deepens children's understanding as it provides opportunities to reinforce and enhance learning.