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Our Curriculum

Introduction

The curriculum is the basis of pupils’ learning experiences.

At Wansbeck Primary School we are committed to providing quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment that stretches and develops the child as a whole and to provide an education which will develop social skills and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond. We focus on high quality learning experiences, which excite and motivate children in the classroom and beyond.

The Curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the New National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. Furthermore, as a restorative community we encourage children to treat each other with respect and promote tolerance, fairness and understanding.

Key Drivers

The Curriculum is organised around 5 Key Drivers

  • Basic Skills 
  • Real life purpose
  • Restorative/ Social, Moral, Cultural)
  • Enterprise
  • life in Modern Britain/ City of Culture

Foundation Subjects

Objectives are taken from the New National Curriculum. Our school coverage is over a two year cycle and the Key Stage One curriculum is covered over years one and two while the Key Stage Two curriculum is covered through years three, four, five and six.

Mathematics

The aim of the mathematics curriculum at Wansbeck is to develop children's love of mathematics. We aim to develop mathematicians who are fluent in number and reasoning due to their progression through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Firstly, children are able to gain knowledge of mathematical concepts through the development of understanding due to the use of concrete apparatus. Then, children move to pictorial understanding through visualising their mathematics with pictorial images. Finally, children move to develop their abstract understanding of mathematics.

Our maths lessons are divided into two parts:

  • During the first forty minutes of our maths lessons the children are taught new concepts and complete questions independently on these concepts.
  • After a short break of fifteen minutes (in which the teacher marks all of the children's work) the children return to the lesson and 'Same Day Intervention' is delivered to the children. Throughout this Same Day Intervention the children are either given further teaching to develop their understanding of the concept or they go deeper into the concept to develop greater depth understanding.

English

At Wansbeck Primary School we follow the requirements of the National Curriculum.

English is embedded into every area of the curriculum and Key English texts drive every topic across the school.

We develop successful writers as the children are initially immersed into the topic they are writing about. This enables all children to develop the vocabulary they need for writing. Children are also given opportunities to imitate writing (both orally and through writing) prior to creating their own version of a text. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are included in every topic and taught alongside writing to ensure that the children are embedding all skills that they learn into their writing. Daily spelling, punctuation and grammar activities mean that all of the children are able to learn new ways in which to improve their writing skills.

Our aim is to develop a love of reading in all children by providing them with a wide choice of books that interest and excite them. Lower down the school word reading and phonics development is provided as the teachers develop an understanding of how each child decodes a text. As each child progresses with their reading, the skills of retrieval, inference, language choice, understanding of vocabulary are explicitly taught within reading lessons. All children are able to learn the skill of reading whilst developing a passion towards it.

Science

Our Science curriculum aims to develop curiosity, investigation and questioning. We develop children who are inquisitive about the world around them!

The National Curriculum programmes of study are build into each topic with the aims of teaching the concepts through real-life experiences. Each term children experience a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topic which aims to link science with other areas of the curriculum to enhance the purpose of learning.

The Foundation Stage

We aim to provide our children with a high quality learning experience through our creative curriculum. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and provide support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop their learning skills quickly in the early years and we continue to develop these skills through their own independence. 

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. We aim to develop and broaden the range of our children's learning experiences, creating confident, eager and enthusiastic learners who look forward to coming to school. We hope to play our part by treating every child as an individual and offering him/her a variety of experiences and activities which are designed to further their development and their creative learning.

Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Colours of the World KS1 Example Topic Plan - Colours of the World KS1 [pdf 482KB] Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Colours of the World KS1
Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Dig Deep UKS2 Example Topic Plan - Dig Deep UKS2 [pdf 570KB] Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Dig Deep UKS2
Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Space Lower KS2 Example Topic Plan - Space Lower KS2 [pdf 627KB] Click to downloadable a pdf file: Example Topic Plan - Space Lower KS2

Further Information

Please click on the individual subject pages to find out more detailed information about our amazing curriculum.