At Meadow, we strive to empower and engage our learners through a tailored curriculum which promotes a lifelong love of learning. There are many opportunities to develop curiosity, encourage an inquisitive approach towards their own education and develop and understanding of the wider world. We aim to demonstrate how learning within the classroom can be applied to make real-life changes. The knowledge that our learners acquire at Meadow is often used to turn 'empathy' into 'action', giving pupils the opportunity to find their voices, and use them to make a positive impact on the world around them.
For more information, please see our Curriculum Statement below, along some examples of the causes to which we have lent our voices.
Please also see individual subject pages for more detail within subject areas.
Details of our Intent, Implementation and Impact are detailed in this document.
Empathy into Action!
We believe in empowering our pupils by encouraging them to take action where they feel that something needs to change. We call this turning 'empathy into action'.
See below for some of the fabulous, impactful work our pupils have been involved in.
Global Goals for Sustainable Development
As part of our PSHE curriculum, our pupils learn about the Global Goals for sustainable development. Many are inspired to make a pledge to take action. See this short video created by our Year 6 pupils to raise awareness.
Deforestation & Sustainable Palm Oil
We learn about the rainforests of South America and Indonesia. Within this unit, our children campaign for the use of sustainable palm oil. We joined the campaign to make Chester a city of Sustainable Palm Oil by writing persuasive letters to local business owners to persuade them to pledge to use sustainable palm oil only. Our children practised their Oracy skills to make this Public Service Announcement.
DT: Sustainable Palm Oil Tiffin
We deconstructed Tiffin, then planned and redesigned it with sustainable palm oil products only.
We sold the tiffin at our Christmas fair to raise money.
We used the profits to adopt two Orangutans and a Sloth via Chester Zoo. This helped to fund conservation work to protect these amazing creatures.
Making Waves: Adrift Project
Our school took part in the adrift project and have embedded learning about migrant, refugee and asylum seeker experience into our curriculum. Year 6 children write 'reverse poetry' (see 7 minutes) to challenge perceptions and show that there are different ways of looking at the same situation.
Commotion in the Ocean!
Our Year 1 children learned about the oceans and seas, and the problem of litter in the ocean. They decided to design and create a HUGE fish that they could use to collect bottle tops to be recycled. The fish is filled and emptied on a regular basis.
Oracy at Meadow
Oracy is the ability to communicate effectively. As a school, we are committed to offering our children the best possible start in life. Oracy skills are recognised as being pivotal in experiencing long term success. We believe that teaching our pupils oracy skills will improve confidence in all walks of life and open up opportunities.
Meadow Primary School embeds opportunities to practise modelled talk, develop exploratory conversation and use scaffolds to use talk skilfully.
We are a Voice 21 Oracy school and are continually exploring ways that our children can develop and progress their Oracy skills.
Our children have the opportunity to go on a residential visit during years 2, 4 and 6. These are a combination of countryside, rural residential visits in Years 2 and 4, and an action packed activity break during Year 6.
Residential visits are enriching experiences that allow children to explore, learn and build independence. It is a wonderful opportunity for school staff to get to know the children better and make memories that will last a lifetime!