Where learning takes off
Welcome to Meridian Campus - 'Taking Off'!
Catering mainly for primary aged children, pupils at Meridian Campus are provided with exciting, inclusive and personalised learning opportunities, through which they develop a range of basic skills. In particular, they will build on their communication and independence so that they have solid foundations in place when moving to the Haselbury Campus and beyond.
At Meridian, children engage in exciting, rewarding activities that build knowledge, skills and confidence. For some that might mean working towards using money in a shop, whilst for others it could involve learning how to dress or make a snack.
Children also have the opportunity to take part in a range of enrichment activities, including residential visits, a wide variety of after-school clubs and sporting events throughout the year.
Our culture and ethos ensure that pupils have fun and are comfortable in their surroundings. Children are welcomed, feel valued and their voices are heard from day one.
Partnership with parents is also a key part of the support that the children at Meridian Campus receive, and we encourage parents to join us for coffee mornings, as well as performances and review days.
We fully appreciate that every child is different, and work tirelessly to understand the motivations, goals and preferred methods of learning. The curriculum has been designed to gradually weave core knowledge and skills into the fabric of the pupil’s day. At each Key Stage, milestones have been designed coherently, building on the previous Key Stages’ learning goals with the aim of developing pupils’ knowledge and skills in preparation for adulthood.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum inspires children, provides development and learning opportunities, ensures learning takes place, develops key relationships and makes sure children feel secure in line with EYFS documentation. There are seven areas of the EYFS curriculum in total. These are divided into three prime strands consisting of communication and language, personal, social emotional development (PSED), and physical development and four specific areas including maths, literacy, expressive arts and design, and understanding the world. We recognise that young children are active learners and build knowledge and understanding through their senses, exploration, investigation, experimentation, listening and watching as well as through play.
It is important that our pupils have opportunities to interpret their environment, learn to make choices for themselves and grow in confidence, understanding their value in our school community. Within our continuous child-initiated and child and teacher led provision, we provide play-based learning opportunities aimed to motivate and engage children developing the characteristics of effective learning. This allows us to work towards building and developing relationships and enables us to assess their individual learning styles to prepare children for lifelong learning.
Key Stage 1
The curriculum at Key Stage 1 builds on the EYFS foundations, using the continuous provision model, but with more adult-directed learning. This includes introducing specific, essential knowledge in preparation for more formalised subject-based learning at Key Stage 2.
We support our pupils to develop their independence and self-help skills, and develop a robust and flexible communication pathway. Pupils freely explore a range of motivating and engaging learning opportunities that are facilitated by skilled adults who are aware of intended learning outcomes and individual next steps.
Taught knowledge is applied in a range of play-based and real-life contexts to ensure flexibility and depth of understanding. We also deliver short bursts of direct, structured teaching of maths and English as pupils become developmentally ready. We use pupil interests and motivations to guide topic-based planning. Classrooms have continuous provision spaces for playful, child-led learning such as role play, construction, reading and a small world area.
Key Stage 2
The curriculum at KS2 develops independence; builds on prior learning to ensure a firm foundation from which to progress; and supports pupils to discover their own identity – to help find their voice, make it heard and be understood. This continues our emphasis on developing communication, personal and social skills and at all stages, the needs of each pupil are taken into consideration.
Through appropriate and varied resources, we aim to encourage our pupils to be independent learners, using a small steps approach to deepen and build upon prior learning.
In Key Stage 2, there are subject-specific, knowledge-based learning opportunities that are differentiated against a sequenced structure. Our core subjects of maths, English and PSHE are taught across the week through discrete sessions tailored to individual needs and interests. Foundation subjects of history, geography, creative arts, science, information and communication technology (ICT), music, religious education (RE) and physical education (PE) are covered throughout the academic year and delivered through termly topics. Topics may be based on National Curriculum programmes of study, current events or pupil motivation. The foundation subjects enrich the curriculum and offer opportunities for pupils to acquire knowledge and provide a context for learning. This allows us to provide a curriculum responsive to individual needs in a stimulating and accessible environment.