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19/09/19

We are proud - students wear our uniform with pride and we are all proud of being a part of the Meridian learning community. Come and see us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/8nvTUrtv8Q

19/09/19

A year 7 group today loved investigating convection - recording excellent observations! Why? Is the question for next lesson! https://t.co/lgz26Fn3kl

19/09/19

- Years 7 & 8 will be discussing respect and communication in relationships, with a reminder about . https://t.co/ecQH8pvV5R

19/09/19

- Free & accessible advice and resources for all young people. Youth, info & counselling charity for all young people aged 11-25 https://t.co/YraZQ3wZ4x

18/09/19

We care - the dedication and support of our families and community is a beacon of excellence and our children are happy, safe and supported. We all make a difference to their future chances https://t.co/cZ9hG7F67Q

18/09/19

Sexual Health Week - During RSE lessons this week, years 9 & 10 will have the opportunity to explore the dangers of using the internet for dating and how to keep themselves safe online! https://t.co/BPaLWInkA8

17/09/19

We are strong - our leaders gave a clear understanding to enable our students to take the best routes and we support every student in their aspirations. Come and meet us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/5DGk9qCjyb

17/09/19

Our Year 10's found it very informative and engaging - we look forward to welcoming Kerry back to Year 9 later in the year! https://t.co/9Tk5MgR3iw

17/09/19

Sexual Health Week – Without RSE, young people are denied the skills and knowledge to have healthy and fulfilling friendships and relationships and to understand and explore their own sexuality. , and https://t.co/BmElj7ibwn

16/09/19

We are ambitious - we are going from strength to strength and support our community while enabling our students to achieve. Visit us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/dP8XrXTTDh https://t.co/mFxBKz3ZPn

16/09/19

It's Sexual Health Week! Students in years 9 & 10 will be discussing sex, relationships and disability during RSE lessons this week. https://t.co/EL1AxLBhsq

13/09/19

Fantastic play about road safety from The Riot Act for Year 7. If you get the opportunity, please talk to the young people about their experience and the messages they have learned. It was a very engaging performance! https://t.co/zusTvxAE9e https://t.co/Ei1phQoZqO

12/09/19

We Challenge - visit our school on Mon Sept 23 and discover how we are striving to achieve our goals as a https://t.co/dP8XrXTTDh https://t.co/FEuUqItYlc

11/09/19

Year 7 and Year 10 are having their pictures taken today! The pictures will be available towards the end of next week for parents to view and purchase copies. https://t.co/4tqPjsh6wi

11/09/19

Great partnership and collaboration with Croydon music services today! Performances for the students and they are learning to play the ukulele in lesson! https://t.co/7m8ymICo8t

10/09/19

flourishing in lessons this morning, with students striving for success and ready to learn! Keep it up! https://t.co/dGdDz7CZUF

09/09/19

A big drive for our students “knowing more words makes you smarter” staff training by Mrs Cooper https://t.co/eKiP8x3XBb

09/09/19

Our brilliant teaching team focussed and embracing the thinking challenge presented to us in our CPD session! Reading for meaning and understanding led by 👏🏻 https://t.co/v7iFfrEPdc

09/09/19

Our first staff CPD of the year starting with Mrs Watson’s ! Our staff are learners! https://t.co/yNjhUwsq2r

05/09/19

well done to our young triple scientists for embracing the challenge! https://t.co/0jqgjrnqXW

Curriculum Intent and Rationale

Intent

The school’s vision is modelled in our curriculum, where we believe in advantage over disadvantage. As a school serving a community that has known decades of disadvantage, we believe that our students deserve a curriculum that does not narrow the life chances but enables social equity and mobility. For our students to compete in a global economy, we offer a wide range of subjects and offer guidance and support for the choices they make.

Our programme for education at Meridian High School is a knowledge-based curriculum, empowering students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the subjects they study. Our curriculum is therefore carefully designed by our subject specialists within the school and across our Multi Academy Trust to challenge our students, to ensure learning is at the heart of our lessons and to enable our students to meet and exceed their minimum expected grades (MEGs) so all students have the opportunity for a better future.

Our curriculum aims are to develop strong academic outcomes through:

  1. A foundational knowledge base using our knowledge organisers and build on the knowledge they learn independently
  2. Subjects offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop cultural capital and appreciation of subjects beyond examination content
  3. Students having guidance and support to develop an understanding of what it takes to be an ambitious member of our community

Moreover, we firmly believe that to fully enhance the life chances of our students, our curriculum must actively promote the acquisition of a broad/academic vocabulary and depth of understanding. Put simply, we believe that knowing more words makes you smarter, and our curriculum is very intent on ensuring this becomes a reality for all of our students.

Implementation

In order to deliver the aims of our curriculum we ensure all students in Key Stage Three study 4/5 lessons of English, Maths and Science per week, 2/3 lessons of Humanities, Spanish, Art, DT, PE and 1 lesson per week of Drama/Music (subject to study options where students will receive more curriculum time). We pay careful attention to the sequence of when knowledge is taught and subject leaders work actively to review this aspect very regularly so that our students are well placed to access GCSE exams and content. This is underpinned by:

  • Starting every lesson with a memory recall quiz
  • Using planned and targeted questioning in lessons
  • Adapting and scaffolding content so that it is accessible to every student
  • Every topic studied has an overarching challenge question that student’s work towards answering over time building their learning confidence and resilience
  • Nurturing our students so they understand they are ready to learn and education improves their life chances
  • A focus on language development and oracy

We believe it is our responsibility to develop strong literacy and numeracy skills for all of our students given their context. To support this a selection of students are not required to study an additional language and receive additional targeted support to close the gap between them and their peers. We believe that the curriculum should be flexible to allow for personalised choices.

As a modestly sized high school we work hard to offer a broad and balanced curriculum model throughout Key Stage Four. We believe in offering subjects that allow a wide range of pathways and progression for our students in the future. These subjects include:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Ancient History
  • Media
  • Art and Design
  • DT (Textiles & Resistant Materials)
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Sociology
  • Performing Arts (Dance & Drama)
  • PSHE (inc. Financial Education)

Developing British & Family Values: Tutor Time at MHS

Our tutor time PSHE sessions aim to explore British and family values including the importance of respect and showing kindness. We aim to develop positive attitudes, tolerance and understanding of all cultures and communities. We celebrate success and achievement.

In tutor time students will explore:

  • How to develop empathy for those who are different to them
  • How to be kind to themselves and others

For further information on transition choices at KS4 please refer to the KS4 transition booklets

Documents

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