Our Curriculum Statement
At Wymeswold C of E Primary School we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn.
In addition to acquiring skills and knowledge we aim to help the children to grow in confidence and maturity so that they can enter secondary school, and later, adulthood with the ability to pursue wholeheartedly, academic social and cultural activities.
We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. We follow the National Curriculum 2014 for the appropriate year groups.
This National Curriculum comprises of core subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science and foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Religious Education.
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Leicestershire Diocesan Agreed Syllabus.
We provide French lessons within curriculum time for Key Stage 2.
We place great emphasis on Numeracy and English as these underpin many of the other aspects of the taught curriculum. To enable children to see the relevance of these frameworks, and engage them fully in the learning process, opportunities are regularly sought to apply many of the skills to real life situations.
This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work. There is now a great deal of emphasis in the use of ICT and, in particular, computer skills to enhance the learning in all the subjects of the curriculum. We are continually looking to use a variety of computer programs and equipment to supplement the diverse nature of the curriculum. Through the ICT subject we aim to teach a progressive set of skills that enable all the children to become competent and confident users of ICT.
We seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom; day and residential trips, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have excellent after school clubs.
When children leave us at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners.
The English Curriculum is delivered following the National Curriculum programmes of study for the relevant year groups. The Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.
Please follow this link to view the New National Curriculum programmes of study, where you can see what will be taught for all year groups in English:
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:
• Shared reading
• Guided reading
• Independent reading
• Phonics – using the ‘Little Wandle' scheme.
• Resources – A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the colour coded books and then become free readers.
• Links to parents – Each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.
• Library- Each child has access to the school library and is welcome to borrow books.
• Class books: Stories are read to the children on a regularly throughout the school.
• Reading at home : Children are encouraged to read at home every day this is given high priority. Reading Pro has recently been indtroduced to ensure that our older children are reasing suitably challenging texts.
Children are given many opportunities to write and to learn to develop their writing skills including:
• Phonics and spelling: Daily 20 minutes Letters and sounds sessions in Key stage 1 classes. We use the LCP phonics scheme of work.
• Emergent writing: In Reception and Key Stage One children are given daily opportunities to write freely within a particular genre and across the curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to become emergent writers.
• Shared Writing : Within each teaching sequences shared writing is a key part.
• Guided Writing/Independent Writing: Each teaching sequence ends with an opportunity for guided and independent writing. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout the other curriculum areas.
• Extended writing: Throughout the term there are opportunities for extended writing. On a termly basis samples of these extended writing outcomes are used for assessment purposes.
• Handwriting: We use cursive script, that is introduced as soon as the children start to write in EYFS.
• Spelling : Children from Years 1 to 6 are given lists of spellings each week to learn at home. These are based on their phonics groups (KS1) or developmental ability (KS2). Children may be tested through weekly tests as well as how well they are applying their spelling knowledge when they are writing independently.
Work is marked and assessed in line with the Marking and Response policies and teachers regularly meet to moderate levels across the school and with other groups of schools.
Work is assessed regularly against age related expectations set out in the National Curriculum. The findings of the assessment are used to inform planning to help the teaching and learning process.
Continuous assessment of pupil progress is done with the senior leadership of the school and these assessments are used to provide targets for learning for individuals and groups of pupils.
If you would like more information about our curriculum please come to the school office where you can talk to a member of staff about our curriculum.
The Maths Curriculum is delivered following the National Curriculum programmes of study for the relevant year groups using White Rose Maths. The Early learning Goals are followed through White Rose Maths to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.
Please follow this link to view the New National Curriculum programmes of study, where you can see what will be taught for all year groups in Maths:
Through the use of White Rose, our maths lessons meet all national curriculum guidelines in a fun, inclusive and age-appropriate way. All material is designed to support children as they have fun with maths, exploring everything from times tables and number bonds to money and multiplication.
White Rose uses a mastery approach to maths teaching. This is a research-driven teaching and learning method that meets the goals of the National Curriculum.
What does it mean in practice? In summary, a mastery approach…
- Puts numbers first: Our schemes have number at their heart, because we believe confidence with numbers is the first step to competency in the curriculum as a whole.
- Puts depth before breadth: we reinforce knowledge again and again.
- Encourages collaboration: children can progress through the schemes as a group, supporting each other as they learn.
- Focuses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving: it gives children the skills they need to become competent mathematicians.
At the heart of our mastery approach is the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach. Research shows that when children are introduced to a new concept, working with concrete physical resources and pictorial representations leads to a better understanding of abstract concepts. We use CPA throughout our schemes of learning. Follow this link to see our Calculation Policy, which outlines how the CPA approach is developed throughout the school.
Below is the EYFS curriculum overview. At Wymeswold, we follow a topic based approach which provides a basis of themed learning which is guided by the children's interests and experiences. It is therefore, a working document.
If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact the school office.