Our School Curriculum
At Wolvey C of E Primary School all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, are encouraged to be creative and therefore every opportunity is taken to develop their confidence, knowledge, self-esteem and life skills through technology, religious and cultural learning, physical education and the creative and performing arts.
Our Curriculum aims to reflect the diverse nature of the different communities our children are from.
Wherever possible, teaching is cross curricular so that aspects of each subject can be developed appropriately within the topic being studied. This does not preclude the discrete teaching of some subject elements and basic skills as we recognise proficiency in English and Maths underpin our ability to make sense of the world. Early reading skills are taught through systematic synthetic phonics, following Read Write Inc as well as games and ICT programmes. As a school we aim to enthuse the children as readers and offer reading materials from a number of well known schemes; Oxford Reading Tree and Floppy Phonics. We do, however, encourage children to choose books for themselves and recognise self chosen reading material is of equal importance to school reading scheme books.
The school curriculum follows the current principles from the EYFS curriculum and the new National Curriculum 2014.
Throughout the school classes work co-operatively to ensure appropriate curriculum coverage within the context of both single and mixed age classes. Staff plan together and include the support staff attached to their classes in this process. All staff in these Key Stages (both teaching and support) are actively involved in the delivery of lessons and the assessment of children’s progress. Subjects are taught through a programme of topics as outlined below. These can be subject to changes to reflect whole school and Government initiated developments.
We aim for the curriculum at our school to go beyond the learning that takes place in the classroom.
We want it to be an adventure, acquiring skills and knowledge along the way. This may be through making things, experiencing things, feeling things or more.
We believe that our curriculum should reflect not only the National Curriculum but what is important to our children and families.
There will be times throughout the school year where we particularly focus on topics such as; Remembrance, Easter, Being Safe online, Traveller History Month and Armed Services Day.
We aim to provide children with these experiences:
Watching a live band or orchestra
Taking part in an Art project on a BIG scale
Taking part in sports opportunities run by professional sports men and women
Performing Arts – could be a concert, drama or carnival
Visiting a Museum
Visiting Places of Worship
Creation of links with international schools and young people
Experience of every day places – such as the post office and supermarket
Running an enterprise project
PSHCE is delivered in school to develop the personal and social skills and emotional well-being of children. We follow several programmes including SEAL and are proud of our anti-bullying and safety curriculums. We dedicate a fortnight each year to promote the fact that we are an anti-bullying school which culminates in Friends Day. We also take part in a safety fortnight and prioritise e-safety education through celebrating Safer Internet Day, as well as through our Computing Curriculum.
At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented for all children. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum Wolvey C of E Primary School remains committed to:
A range of teaching and learning styles
Differentiated learning materials
Access to ICT and Technology
Additional in class support
Additional out of class support
Up to date staff training on SEND developments
A range of visits and visitors enrich the curriculum and stimulate and motivate learning
Flexible groupings – including small group support work
A creative topic based curriculum
The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
A broad range of extra-curricular activities
Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
For more information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and how the curriculum may be modified even further please see SEN pages
The attainment and progress of all children is monitored closely through the Senior Leadership Team conducting Pupil Progress meetings with staff, holding teachers to account for the progress of children in their class; this highlights any underachievement and ensures that appropriate support and intervention is put into place quickly.Teachers, children and parents at the moment, meet twice a year to discuss the child’s progress.