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Curriculum

Our Approach to the Curriculum

At Meopham Community Academy, we offer our pupils a broad and relevant curriculum. Our broad curriculum consists of a number of exciting learning opportunities and activities which promote our school motto ‘Enjoy, Learn, Aspire’ and also meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum review.

We follow a ‘Linked Curriculum’ approach and, where possible, we aim to link termly topics across all subjects and thus, linking aspects of the curriculum together in a meaningful way; we believe that rather than learning in discrete and separate areas, our pupils benefit from making connections. We firmly believe that this thematic approach to curriculum design provides a more rounded learning experience. In doing this, we aim to encourage our pupil’s natural curiosity so that they reach their full potential and become independent learners.

Topics are usually led by a main subject focus across an academic term. For example, a topic entitled ’Shake It Up' has a science focus (rocks, earthquakes and volcanoes) and so will contain a greater proportion of learning in science, whilst a theme entitled ‘Vikings' is led by History.  Over the academic year the skills and knowledge of all curriculum subjects will be addressed in each year group.

In certain subjects, the learning takes place outside of our thematic approach. Mathematics, for example, is generally taught independently as are certain aspects of Grammar Spelling and Punctuation (GPS). Other subjects such as PE, PSHE and RE are also taught separately, although where possible, some of the learning in these subjects is linked within the themes of the term.

At Meopham Community Academy, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. Our school values run through every subject taught. As a values-based School we seek to promote an educational philosophy based on valuing self and others, through the consideration of an ethical values vocabulary as the basis of good educational practice.

We strive to design our curriculum to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. We also aim to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life after school in modern Britain (our British Values); We want our children to enjoy their time and education with us and to achieve the highest possible standards in all aspects of their lives.​

Mr Hale, Deputy Headteacher

The curriculum is a major strength of the school. It gives pupils very rich and exciting learning experiences.

Ofsted report, November 2014

The curriculum is a strength of the school and very effectively motivates and interests the children. It is very successfully interwoven with activities and learning opportunities to effectively raise the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness....At the core of the curriculum there is a drive for the emotional and cultural development of the pupils. This is achieved through music, art and sport.

Ofsted report, November 2014

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