Merdon Junior 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 have developed a creative curriculum that takes the National Curriculum and delivers it to our children through fun and interesting topics, examples of these include Flint and Fire, The Land of the Frost Giants, Out of Africa and Aiming High!
Our Topics start 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 sharing our work, to cooking for our guests and even producing full scale performances!
We work with the children to shape their learning during their Topic and give the children the opportunity to share ideas for Home Learning Topic Projects. These projects enable them to develop their knowledge and understanding and work with their parents. We welcome parental support as it is vital 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 many of our topics are driven by a high quality English text. We encourage enquiry based learning as we continue to develop mastery across the school. It is important that our children realise that all aspects of their learning are linked and together they add real depth and understanding to the 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 develop our school grounds and create an Outdoor Learning experience at Merdon.
Our children show pride in their learning and through our curriculum and range of extra curricular opportunities, we feel that we give children the values, skills, knowledge and opportunities to recognise opportunities in life and have the determination and drive to achieve these.