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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, including Oxford Reading Tree. 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 new EYFS curriculum 2020 and the new National Curriculum.
Throughout the school, classes work co-operatively to ensure appropriate curriculum coverage. Staff plan together and include the support staff, who are attached to their classes, in this process. All staff in all 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
RSE and PHSE is delivered in school to develop the personal and social skills and emotional well-being of children. We use a scheme of work called 'Jigsaw' to support children with keeping safe and being taught explicitly about social and emotional learning. (Please see the separate tab on PHSE below)
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
What are we doing after lockdown?
We were really proud of our remote learning provision that we were able to offer all of our children. (Please find this section on our website.) We have a number of interventions and 'catch-up' plans in place to support ALL of our children.
We are excited to use this opportunity to revisit all of our curriculum and have planned in some time in the Summer and Autumn Terms to look at adapting and revising it. We are keen to make it pertinent for our children and our community.
Some aspects we have already introduced are:
- Live 1-1 reading sessions via Zoom for our children after school.
- A EYFS specialist is working with our Nursery, Reception and KS1 team to support the children with phonics and interventions so that children learn to read and do so quickly.
- Increased provision for PE, which includes more time and opportunity for Year 6 children to complete competitively before leaving us.
- Revisiting some of the key areas of learning which have been missed or were difficult to teach remotely; e.g. human body and lifecycles.
- Increased resources and staffing invested into our nurture provision to support our vulnerable children.
- Working with another school to support us with mathematics and using the DFE 'ready to progress' document.
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 meet twice a year to discuss the child’s progress and a written report is produced in the Summer Term.