Why choose Water Meadows Primary School?

An engaging Curriculum that prepares children for the future

Our thematic creative curriculum challenges our children to be well informed, critical and creative. Enriched through powerful experiences, children are inspired to produce their own personal and meaningful responses so their learning stays with them for the rest of their lives.

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A modern approach to teaching and learning

Painting at Water Meadows

Most other schools teach children by direct instruction – where the teacher stands in front of a classroom, presents information and then gives the children a task to complete.

We believe that in order to provide our children with an education fit for the 21st century, teaching by direct instruction should only form a part of our children’s learning experience.

Instead, our teachers focus on teaching using more flexible, interactive and personalised methods that allow children to become more involved in the learning process and develop the collaboration, communication and creativity skills that our children will require to thrive in our modern society.

Purposeful integration of technology

Our children have access to a variety of technology to use in their learning such as green screen recording, QR codes, video recording, 3D world builders, audio recording and much, much more!

This technology is readily accessible in the classroom to allow children to produce highly personal and powerful responses to tasks through joyful and memorable experiences.

For example, children may take advantage of a green screen to produce a video response to a topic or even use Minecraft to demonstrate their learning in an interactive, online world!

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Water Meadows Children using technology

A child-centred, collaborative environment

Our classroom environments are child-centred and designed to allow for flexibility, collaboration and independence. The aim is to shape our environment to better reflect a 21st century workspace that promotes social interaction, communication and self-regulation. 

A caring, supportive and responsive EYFS

Our Early Years environment is caring, supportive and responsive to children’s individual needs. We allow our children to play and explore with a particular focus on the outdoor environment.

Playing outside gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons, and the natural world, and outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and curious.

Play time at Water Meadows Primary School

A smooth transition from EYFS to KS1

Children learning at Water Meadows Primary School

We believe that expecting our 5-year-old children to settle down to formal lessons as soon as they move into Year 1 is wrong. We passionately believe that young children learn best through play and exploration and therefore follow a ‘Continuous Provision’ method to ensure that children experience a smooth transition into more formal teaching. This results in happier, more engaged children, who are able to develop a lifelong love of learning.

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Wrap-around care

We recognise the importance of providing childcare options to assist working parents. 

Water Meadows is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

As well as our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we offer a range of free Extra-Curricular Clubs every term that children can take part in after school.

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Water Meadows children preparing food

We have an OUTSTANDING Early Years

Ofsted at Water Meadows Primary School

Water Meadows Primary School (Previously known as Hersden Village Primary School) was inspected by Ofsted in March 2019 and was judged to be Outstanding in Early years provision and and Outstanding in effectiveness of leadership and management with a Good rating overall. 

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A fully inclusive environment

We are committed to providing a fully inclusive environment. 

We believe that all children have the right to succeed and we aim to meet the individual needs of our pupils at all times. We are able to provide a range of interventions and strategies which will minimise barriers to learning in a fun and stimulating manner. 

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Children with Tarantulas at Water Meadow Primary School

A commitment to well-being

Sand painting Water Meadows

We prepare children to succeed in their personal and professional lives by nurturing both their thinking and social-emotional skills.

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A smooth transition to Reception

Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?

From we run sessions every week to help familiarise children of pre-school age with our school.

Making music at Water Meadows

Part of a transformative Multi Academy Trust

Water Meadows is one of the founding schools of The Stour Academy Trust, a Multi Academy Trust of 8 Primary Schools across Kent.

The Stour Academy Trust has set out to transform schools to better prepare our young people for the 21st century.