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Hall Meadow Primary School Curriculum intent and purpose.

At Hall Meadow Primary school the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our approach to the curriculum supports this along with our strong school values.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and school values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  We use Approach to learning to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

As a school we celebrate cultural and local traditions and welcome the community to support with this. We focus on tolerate as a society, the children also learn new skills to enable them to take an active role in events throughout the year.

Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

The development of positive attitudes, social and emotional understanding is an integral aspect of all curriculum areas. Some areas are taught discretely to ensure that the children acquire secure skills and knowledge to achieve highly and to meet the needs of Gifted and Talented learners. Children's learning experiences are enriched through problem solving and thinking skills activities or by studying inquiry units.

Depth to children's learning is provided by the extension curriculum where they are given the opportunity to study a second language, extended technology or a creative arts subject.

At Hall Meadow, we see education in its broadest sense.  As part of our commitment to caring for and educating the whole child, we provide children with a programme that teaches them to be mindful.  We have been engaged in teaching mindfulness for around three years now and the children generally speak very positively about their experiences of it.  Teaching mindfulness forms part of our work that is focused on developing a positive approach to all aspects of learning and is underpinned by the principles of positive psychology.

Mindfulness teaches children to pay attention in the present moment without worrying about the past or the future.  People often ask children to pay attention without actually helping them to do so.  We consider this to be an important part of our children’s development.  There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that the practice of mindfulness has a positive effect on children’s sense of wellbeing.   It certainly equips children with some of the skills needed to help them to cope with life in the modern world.  

Through a well-researched and structured programme known as Paws.b, delivered by trained practitioners, the children explore how their brains work and observe the way that they feel about experiences. 

Mindfulness teaching provides an opportunity for children to manage their response to stressful and challenging situations and develops their sense of self-awareness.  

Many of the teaching staff at Hall Meadow have undertaken mindfulness training.

Inquiry concerns a specific approach to learning that helps the child to develop skills and attitudes in response to their own questions. It helps to promote deep thinking, motivation and self-directed learning.

Inquiry is an approach to teaching and learning that challenges the traditional model of teaching that often places the adult as the person who asks most of the questions and the pupils as respondents to these questions.  Our approach to inquiry at Hall Meadow places the child as the lead learner and the teacher as a facilitator of the learning process.  Our aim is to develop an approach to learning that is independent and ultimately self-directed and self-extending.  It is premised on the principle that no one knows their own mind like oneself and is our attempt to hear the voice of the child – to let them have a say in the curriculum that we offer them.  Children are encouraged to pose their own questions linked to their personal areas of interest.  The intention behind inquiry based learning is to allow the children to develop the following:

  • Full engagement in the learning process
  • An appropriate degree of choice about their learning, both from a social cognitive perspective
  • Develop attitudes and skills they will need for future learning and life
  • To develop a solution based approach to learning and life
  • Learn to manage problems that do and do not have a clear solution
  • To learn to deal with challenges to their understanding
  • Learn to manage change

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About Us

At Hall Meadow we promote achievement in all areas and from all members of our community. We respect and value each person as unique. We work together to create an active, caring and high quality environment that encourages self-sustaining lifelong learning.

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Teaching & Learning

We are a fully inclusive school, children are always at the centre of everything we do. The curriculum is innovative and provides maximum opportunities for intellectual, social and emotional development. The children study the National Curriculum through themes such as 'Keen to be Green'.

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Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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