At Meadow View JMI we make music an enjoyable learning experience. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate the children. Our teaching focuses on developing children’s singing. Through songs, we learn about different genres of music and the structure and organisation of songs. We also teach pupils to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.
At Meadow View, as well as in class sessions, children join in with a weekly singing assembly and can take up the opportunity to join our choir after school. The choir take part in lots of different activities at the ‘Forest Arts Centre’ and sing in the largest children’s choir in the world at the ‘Young Voices’ concert.
At Meadow View, History is taught through topic-based learning. We recognise that high-quality history teaching helps pupils to gain a better understanding of Britain’s past, as well as that of the wider world. We aim to equip children with a coherent understanding of historical events and their chronology, as well as helping them to develop their ability to:
- Ask questions about the past,
- Think critically about people and events from history,
- Analyse both primary and secondary sources and their reliability,
- Develop their own perspectives about events and people of the past,
- Make comparisons between time periods.
We also encourage children to learn lessons from actions and events in history. We encourage children to empathise with people who lived in the past, and to understand how the actions of today will become the history of tomorrow.
At Meadow View, Geography skills are taught as part of termly topics. We aim to inspire children to be more curious about the world and its people, by giving them experiences which allow them to learn about diverse places and people. Children learn about aspects of human geography, such as land use and population changes, as well as the physical processes which have formed our planet over millions of years. In order to learn about the world in which we live, children are taught skills which allow them to:
- Collect and analyse data,
- Interpret maps, aerial photographs and globes,
- Present geographical information in different ways.
As well as developing children’s Geographical knowledge and skills, we also aim to encourage children to think ecologically about how their own actions play a role in protecting the health of our planet.