At Mereside Primary, we aim to give each child as broad and relevant an education as possible. In doing so we hope to develop fully the abilities and skills which each child possesses. Our dedicated staff have the highest expectations for all pupils as we strive to give each child the best start in life. Work is planned to cater for the needs of each child, to develop their intellectual, social, moral, spiritual, physical and aesthetic potential. We embrace change and to provide a breadth of skills and knowledge and inspire a love of learning.
Opportunities are provided to enable each child to develop skills and interests. These take place both within the classroom and outside, through visits and extra-curricular activities which enhances our curriculum and makes it more memorable for our children. Visitors into school are always encouraged.
At Mereside, we aim to engage and enthuse all children at every opportunity/stage of learning. Through school, we use ‘hooks’ to engage children and follow a skills based curriculum which has been developed to meet the needs of our pupils and their experiences. We continue to strive to provide opportunities which enrich our children’s lives and show them possibilities away from the estate on which the live. Our fundamental aim is to improve the life chances of all our pupils.
Mereside Primary provides an inclusive environment where children are challenged and encouraged to take an active role in their learning. Bronze, Silver and Gold activities are used to inspire children and ensure they have a clear understanding of their next steps.
All staff are committed to ensuring that our breadth of curriculum, and lesson delivery, is designed with these three goals in mind:
1. To give pupils appropriate experiences to develop as confident, responsible citizens; Appropriate experiences – We have developed three curriculum
drivers that shape our curriculum, bringing about the aims and values of our school, and to respond to the particular needs of our community;
Possibilities – which helps pupils to build aspirations and know available possibilities for their future lives.
Initiative – which enables children to make decisions and take the lead in their learning.
Diversity – to enable our children to see different viewpoints, and know that people have different ideas and beliefs and that this is ok.
2. To increase their understanding of the world in which we live
3. To provide a structured skilled based curriculum which meets the needs of our children.
The impact of our curriculum at Mereside Primary is that by the end of each key stage the vast majority of pupils have mastered the content of our curriculum. Some children will have demonstrated a greater depth of understanding. We track carefully to ensure pupils are on track to reach the expectations of our curriculum.
Parents are asked to take a responsible positive approach to their child’s learning by encouraging and helping their child with homework and ensuring that homework is completed, well presented and handed in on time. When parents help their child to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills and show a positive approach, their child learns at a quicker rate.
Staff at Mereside are willing to help and discuss the strategies and skills to enable parents to take an active part in their child’s learning.
Homework is set each week and there is a gradual increase in the amount of work being set as the children move through the school. Parents are asked to make sure that homework is completed and returned on time.