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Abbey Meads Community Primary School - Our Curriculum

Guiding Principles

We believe that education, in a context of high expectations can create that for all our children. We want our children to have high aspirations and outlooks for themselves.  We want them to be free thinking, with the confidence to question and challenge norms and the resilience to embrace change and learn from marvellous mistakes.

More than anything, we want to help nurture the best possible citizens for the future. We believe in Paying Forward and Being Kind, fostering the kinds of behaviours both socially and academically, which will provide them with the skills to succeed in whatever pathway they choose to follow.

Some of the values we hold are better told through stories, pictures and poems, enabling the reader to make a connection and develop their own understanding of the meaning - placing the value within their own context. We have a Guiding Principles document, which does this for us and is shared on a regular basis with our staff, children and families.

Please click here for our 'Guiding Principles'.

If you wish to download a copy of our Mission Statement, please click here

Our Local Area

Swindon is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe with a diverse industrial heritage which continues today in its engineering and car manufacturing factories, as well as major companies in insurance, computing, banking and building societies; pharmaceuticals and distribution.


To continue this we need to develop highly skilled, innovative and creative young people; enthusing them to create a better, brighter future, for themselves, their town and their community.

Our Curriculum Principles

At Abbey Meads School, we follow a thematic or topic approach to learning, which links learning across curriculum areas. We provide a rich, varied and broad curriculum that brings learning to life. Whilst following clearly defined age related programmes of study, skills progressions and schemes of work across all subjects, we use our thematic approach to skillfully and creatively connect the learning for our children.

The Ofsted Report for the inspection, which took place in September 2014, states:

“The curriculum is impressive. It provides a range of good quality activities that promote a high level of pupils’ enjoyment. A wide variety of after-school clubs, school trips, artistic and cultural events enhance the planned activities well.”

Please see separate curriculum subject pages for more details regarding our curriculum design.

Please click here for The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework - From birth to 5 years.

Please click here for the National Curriculum - Programmes of study and attainment targets for Key Stages 1 and 2.

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