A Curriculum the Wilthorpe Way
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.
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 Around the World’ and each class has a daily story/book time at the end of the day to generate a love of reading.
In Maths we follow an approach where all pupils are taught to their year group expectation with challenge for the more able and support for those who need it. We aim to ensure that children become confident in all areas of mathematics, master their curriculum and demonstrate this by applying their learning and solving mathematical problems across the full curriculum. In order to deepen learning, ‘…..it’ statements are employed through KS1 and KS2. These statements allow children to gain a greater understanding of mathematics beyond fluency.
Foundation Curriculum Subjects
Each year group has an engaging curriculum – the “A Curriculum the Wilthorpe Way” - which provides our children with the opportunity to learn about a variety of exciting themes. We have thought carefully about the needs of our children at Wilthorpe Primary School, and have planned a series of themes that will provide excellent learning opportunities where our children can develop core knowledge to support their development of skills, enjoy exciting experiences and make good progress. The “A Curriculum the Wilthorpe Way” will prepare all of our children for the next stage of their education, whether that is their transition into KS1, into KS2 or into KS3.
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. Each theme the “A Curriculum the Wilthorpe Way” has a clear ‘Hook / Engagement’ experience that excites and motivates our children for the theme and provides a solid foundation for all pupils regarding starting points. In addition to this we ensure that our children have a stimulating learning environment that motivates and enhances their ability to learn.
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.
If you require any further information regarding our A Curriculum the Wilthorpe Way, please contact Mr Dean Tombling or Mrs Liz Heppenstall via the School on 01226 288676.
In addition to the whole school curriculum, key themes are explored in assembly through stories, short film clips and discussions.