Our School Curriculum
As a school, our vision and values are heavily rooted in developing children who have a love of learning and an energy for approaching new challenges with enthusiasm.
In order to help our children gain these qualities we are constantly developing our creative curriculum that takes the National Curriculum and delivers it to our children through engaging and inspiring topics that incorporates knowledge and skills. Examples of these topics include Flint and Fire, The Land of the Frost Giants, Out of Africa and A Tale of Two Cities!
Our Topics often begin with a 'hook' which captivates the children's imagination and interest. This could be through a visit, a workshop, visitor or even some clues that lead on to more. Topics are normally half termly in length and each year group provides our parents with an opportunity to attend a Parent Outcome event at the end of the topic, sharing the wonderful work that the children have created. Outcomes come on all shapes and sizes, from discussing our work with our families, cooking for them and even producing full scale performances!
We work with our children to shape their learning, promoting enquiry based thinking and providing the children with opportunities to share their learning outside of school through Home Learning Topic Projects. These projects enable them to develop their knowledge and understanding and learn with their parents. We welcome parental support as we recognise how important it is for our children to see their parents enthused and motivated by learning as well.
We are proud to say that our curriculum is creative, current and inclusive. We make purposeful links with English and Maths and our learning journeys are often driven by a high quality English text. We strive for Excellence in English and Mastery in Maths!
We encourage enquiry based learning as we continue to develop mastery concepts across the school. It is important that our children realise that aspects of their learning can be linked and together, can add real depth and understanding to our children.
We recognise that children often learn better when they are given rich and varied opportunities both inside and out of the classroom and school. With this in mind we are working closely with Hampshire Local Authority and the local community to continuously develop our school grounds and deliver Outdoor Learning experiences at Merdon.
We embed our HEART, IGNITE and British Values through our learning journeys. We recognise how education is key in teaching our children important values such as mutual respect and tolerance. We are proud to be recognised as a School of Sanctuary, which acknowledges our understanding of the positive contribution that refugees and asylum seekers make to our society. We also lead RE and Refugee weeks which provides opportunities for children to learn through trips to places of worship, inviting visitors who talk about their own experiences or lead cooking/dance workshops.
Our children show pride in their learning and through our curriculum and extra curricular opportunities, we feel that we are able to teach our children values, skills and knowledge as well as provide a range of opportunities that will give them the core life skills that they will carry with them beyond Merdon.
Take a look at the class pages in the Children's section to see the curriculum in action!
English Leader - Mrs Whitford
Maths Leader - Miss Loosemore
Science Leader - Mrs Holyoak
Computing Leader - Mrs Pugh
History Leader - Mrs Leach
Geography Leader - Mrs Leach
Art and Design Leader - Mrs Whitford
Physical Education Leader - Miss Loosemore & Mrs Bartlett
Design & Technology Leader - Miss Turner
Music Leader - Mrs Smith
Religious Education Leader - Mrs Yates
PSHE Leader - Mrs Yates
Outdoor Learning Leader - Mrs Beckett
Thinking Skills Leader - Mr Stevens
Modern Foreign languages Leader - Madame Murray