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Crown Meadow First School
Tanyard Lane, Birmingham,B48 7LN
0121-445 4540
www:http://www.crownmeadow.worcs.sch.uk/ e-mail:

Main School EntranceWelcome to Crown Meadow First School's web site. Here you will find a great deal of information about our school, and we hope you find it interesting and informative.

Crown Meadow First School is situated in the village of Alvechurch, Southwest of Birmingham, and about six kilometres north of Redditch. This is a Community Maintained school for children between the ages of 4 and 9. It serves the village and its surrounding area. There are 245 children on roll, with approximately 60 admitted every year.

The school comprises two buildings: an Early Years Area which accommodates four classes of Years Reception & Year 1, and the main building which houses six classes of children from Years 2, 3 and 4. These areas are linked by a undercover walkway. The school has two playgrounds, one for each Key Stage, and we share an on-site playing field with Alvechurch Middle School.

Please take a look round around our site by selecting the links at the bottom of the page, you will be surprised just how much information is here! Your route through our site is always shown on the top-right of each page.

We hope you enjoy your web visit, and will come back again soon. We also enjoy hearing from you, so please drop us an email or write to us with your comments.

Our School Day

Our fabulous clay tile display in the School Hall, created in 2002Morning session: 8.50am-12.15pm (12.20pm KS2)
Afternoon session: 1.15pm-3.20pm

Total hours spent on teaching:

Key Stage 1: 22 hours 5 minutes per week
Key Stage 2: 23 hours and 45 minutes per week

Parents are asked to be punctual in bringing and collection their children before and after school. It is requested that children are not brought to school before 8.40am and that parents do not arrive before 3.15pm to collect them. The school register is taken at 8.50am each morning and 1.15pm in the afternoon.

Children who are brought into school late, or are taken out during the school day should register in a book kept in the school office. No child is allowed to leave school at any time of the school day without a parent, guardian or carer first completing the appropriate documentation. In order to comply with the school security system, all visitors are asked to enter through the main door and to register in the school office.

Attendance:

A child's attendance at school is a legal obligation for his or her parents.

If your child is not well enough to attend school the school should be notified before 10.00am, or in emergencies messages can be left on the school answering service.

After any period of illness, the school requests a letter is provided by the parents/guardian explaining the absence.

If we do not receive efficient information about a child's absence, then the parent will be contacted by the school during the day. Failure to comply with this system will result in an unauthorised absence for your child.

School Curriculum

Classroom WorkOur Aims

The provision of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum fulfilling the aims and objectives of both Early Years and National Curriculum.

Children's progress through the curriculum is monitored and targets are set for each individual child.

Parents are encouraged to become practically involved with their children's education and curriculum evenings are arranged through the year explaining different or more established educational initiatives.

We would hope that all our parents co-operate by encouraging their children to read each day and seeing that all homework is completed during the week.

Early Years Curriculum

The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three. Many children first attend some form of Pre-school or Nursery soon after their third birthday.

Here at Crown Meadow when children enter Reception they will be in their last year of the Foundation Stage.

The curriculum for the Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children's:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional well being
  • Positive attitudes and dispositions towards their learning
  • Social Skills
  • Attention skills and persistence

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Developments
  • Communication Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge skills, understanding and attitudes. During the Reception Year many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing and talking.

Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. In playing, they behave in different ways; sometimes they will describe and discuss what they are doing, sometimes they will be lively and sometimes they will be quiet and reflective as they play.

The National Curriculum

Structure:

The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools. In some cases it will be introduced to children during their year in the Reception class, although normally it will be taught to them from the beginning of Year 1. It is organised on the basis of four key stages. At this school we are concerned with the teaching of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, formal assessment of Key Stage Two being undertaken in the Middle Schools.

Key Stage 1 - Pupil's Age: 5 to 7; Year Group: 1 - 2
Key stage 2 - Pupil's Age: 7 to 9; Year Group: 3 - 4

The National Curriculum consists of:

Core Subjects:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Religious Education

Foundation Subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design

Cross Curricular Activities

As your child progresses through the school they will follow a structured framework of topic work in order to achieve a breadth and balanced curriculum. The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT follow structured Government schemes, while foundation subjects are encompassed into the topic framework.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Reception Myself & Colour and Shapes Pets and Weather Where we live and Journeys
Year 1 People Who Help Us The Rain Forest and the Artic Toys
Year 2 Holidays Houses and Homes Food and Farming
Year 3 The Romans Weather Around the World and The Aztecs Alvechurch
Year 4 World War II Whats in the News and Chembakoli, a Village in India Tudors - Rich and Poor

Fuller information about each subject taught at Crown Meadow can be read in our School Prospectus.

Aims and Values

The aims of the school have been based around:

  1. Ethos
  2. Communication
  3. Support and Learning
  4. Equal Opportunities
  5. Achievements of High Standards
  6. Behaviour

1. Ethos

To promote a warm, caring, welcoming environment in which children are given the confidence to achieve their full potential.

2. Communication

To promote active and positive relationships with parents and to develop communications both inside and outside school into the wider community.

3. Support and Learning

To promote appropriate support and in-service training in order that every teacher develops to their full potential and feels themselves to be a valued member of the staff at Crown Meadow.

4. Equal Opportunities

To provide all children in school with equal opportunities of sex, race or ability and to cater for individual needs in order that children might achieve their full potential.

5. Achievement of High Standards

To encourage high standards of work by preparing stimulating and challenging activities and to monitor and evaluate their progress and development.

6. Behaviour

To encourage a positive code of behaviour; to treat individuals with respect and promote positive self-esteem.



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