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Wilthorpe Primary School Aim high and never give up

Curriculum at Wilthorpe

We aim to provide ALL our children with an engaging, purposeful curriculum that develops good knowledge, understanding, vocabulary and skills so they can achieve their aspirations for their community and themselves. We believe that providing our pupils with key experiences will enhance their learning and personal development to help them become successful, confident, resilient and independent learners.

When planning our curriculum, Wilthorpe Primary has considered the needs of our pupils and families. We want learning to be meaningful and memorable so that our pupils are ready for the next step in their journey. Staff have drawn on each others' expertise and teaching methods that we know to be successful with our children. After consultation with staff, we reflected on what our curriculum offer would look like to a child in our school.


We are committed to ensuring that our children at Wilthorpe Primary school receive a curriculum that they can be proud of, which enables them to enjoy their learning and become successful, confident learners. The curriculum will help them to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding and will promote our school values of Independence, Determination, Kindness, Pride and Respect.


At Wilthorpe Primary School we follow the National Curriculum and strive to enrich the curriculum wherever possible. In our Reception children follow the Early Years Curriculum and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of both play-based learning and more focused teacher led sessions. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others. In Key Stage 1 and 2 our children are taught in classes, small groups or individually, according to their needs, within the framework of the National Curriculum. A variety of teaching styles are used in school, based on good practice and teachers continually reflect on their teaching. We are always seeking to innovate, improve and develop where appropriate, to maintain our high standards and provide the best in primary school practice. Pupils with special needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary to help close individual learning gaps. Staff are encouraged to use alternatives to written recording for subjects where knowledge can be demonstrated in different ways .


Assessment across the curriculum is being developed and is to used to identify children’s progress and find out areas where they are less confident. These assessments inform teacher’s lesson planning to support differentiation and support. Assessment is carried out across the curriculum through questioning and teacher assessment. Children complete summative assessments termly to show progress in reading, writing, SPaG and maths.


How we deliver the curriculum

Reading is given a high priority in our curriculum as it the ability to read and understand which opens up learning for children. School has targeted phonics as a high priority, particularly in EYFS and Year 1, with children being taught Letters and Sounds through the phases. Children are placed in groups to ensure good progress through these phases is being made. School has recently sourced new reading texts to support the fluency of reading throughout school, this is to support all children in keeping up with expectation. Reading as a class is taught predominantly through VIPERS, with teachers planning and teaching from the school overview. To further enhance reading school also uses reading  buddies across year groups, has a home school reading challenge ‘Read with Kong Phooey’ and each class has a daily story/book time at the end of the day to generate a love of reading.




In addition to the whole school curriculum, key themes are explored in assembly through stories, short film clips and discussions.

It is our intention to provide our children with the best, first-hand experience that will engage their interests and drive their learning with a key purpose. We ensure that our children have a stimulating learning environment that motivates and enhances their ability to learn.


If you require any further information regarding our Curriculum, please contact Mrs Heppenstall via the School on 01226 288676.

Mary Poppins starts EYFS topic on 'Infinity and Beyond'.

Yr5 begin their theme on 'Surviving Extremes'.

We have ensured that our school curriculum provides the best opportunity for all our children to thrive regardless of their abilities, whilst ensuring we have the best quality opportunities for cross curricular literacy and numeracy across all our themes. Planning is focused upon progression in knowledge and skills.

Reading Intent

Religious Education Long Term Plan

Computing Long Term Plan

Design Technology Long Term Plan

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