The Coronavirus Pandemic prevented schools from operating normally after March 2020 and its impact will be felt for a long time after. Meadowside School remained open, plans were shared with those working from home and accreditation continued. In the new school year 2020-2021, pupils will be working differently as the situation changes frequently. In line with current Government guidance, the curriculum will be ambitious, broad and balanced but will be risk assessed to minimise potential virus transmission. Lessons will be adapted and pupils will continue their education with safety issues prioritised.
Our whole-school aim is to provide a broad, balanced relevant curriculum that motivates pupils and prepares them for life beyond school.
We also aim to support all pupils to develop their full potential in personal wellbeing and academic achievement, through a child led approach, where diversity is accepted and celebrated.
Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils of our school and of society. (National Curriculum 2019)
EVERY CHILD MATTERS
The five Every Child Matters outcomes are the foundation for the broad and balanced curriculum taught throughout Meadowside School. These are:
- Be Safe
- Stay Healthy
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Achieve Economic Well-being
Many young people in Meadowside have timetables designed carefully to meet their specific needs. Some children have made the transition to Meadowside during Key Stage 2, in Year 6, for varying individual reasons.
Key Stage 3
When your child joins us in Year 7, based on transition information gained, and in discussion with you, he or she will be placed in the most appropriate teaching group.
Pupils are placed in a group which best meets their needs. There are some groups that follow a secondary model, travelling around school to different subject specialists. Pupils are grouped with Key Stage 4 for Maths, English and Science , in streamed ability groups.
There are three other teaching groups that run across the school; Team, Flair and Fusion. The groups and teaching styles are flexible in response to pupils’ learning styles. In Flair Group pupils have a highly experiential curriculum based on early learning goals using sensory approaches and immersive learning environments. In Fusion Group pupils are following the National Curriculum but from a single teaching base, designed to meet their specific needs.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on all subjects which your son or daughter is familiar from primary school, as well as skills for life. The Modern Foreign Language taught at Meadowside is French. Multi cultural activities are celebrated where the focus is on speaking and listening, with multi-sensory activities involving music and tasting samples of food from other countries.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, there are more opportunities for inclusive learning and education in the community. Personal strengths and interests are built on and learning opportunities extended, both on and off site, accredited where possible. For example, pupils can access Horticulture, Team Work, Drama and inclusion in a local High School, accessing a range of qualifications.
Post 16: Independence and Inclusion
The prime focus for learners in Years 12-14 is Independence and Inclusion, in preparation for life outside, or after Meadowside School; at an appropriate level for each young person. Different progression routes focus on:
- Social and Personal Skills
- Life Skills
- Vocational Skills
- Core Curriculum
In addition, there is a greater focus in Post 16 on the six Key Skills which are:
- Communication (including Literacy)
- Application of Number
- Information Technology
- Working with Others
- Problem- solving
- Improving Own Learning
Options, Work Skills and Leisure
All Key Stage 4 and Post 16 timetables are supported by a range of real life experiences, including Work-Related Learning Skills Week, work experiences, off-site learning and community inclusion opportunities. All of these opportunities will be balanced by a focus on a broad curriculum, based mainly on the National Curriculum in preparation for a fulfilling adult life. At Meadowside, we support learners to plan for the future in preparation for transitions such as moving into Post 16, Further Education and training or wider opportunities. A wealth of enrichment activities is offered across the school to motivate learning and to raise aspirations. Students will be able to access a range of options, from the different pathways, personalising their own timetables according to their own aspirations and interests. 'Options' are offered to pupils in KS4 and Post 16.