Curriculum at Mereside Primary School

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. Work is planned to cater for the needs of each child, to develop their intellectual, social, moral, spiritual, physical and aesthetic potential.

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.

Throughout the course of the year a number of educational visits are arranged to enhance the school curriculum. All children are encouraged to participate. To make these visits possible we rely upon voluntary donations from parents.

The Curriculum is designed to follow the programme of study set out in the National Curriculum guidelines.

Early Years children are taught the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Key Stage 1 uses the Phonics Bug Reading scheme and program to develop reading skills.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the curriculum.


Subjects taught as the National Curriculum Core Subjects are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT

Others are the National Curriculum Foundation Subjects of:

  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Ed.
  • Design Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French)

In addition, your child will study Religious Education, which will reflect a broadly Christian tradition. Parents are permitted to withdraw their children from assembly and religious instruction in consultation with the Principal. Alternative provision will be offered to the child.

This does not form the complete curriculum, and other areas such as Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) will be included as and when considered appropriate.


Parents Involvement 

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.