Our curriculum gives everyone the chance to let their light shine
At Waltham-on-the-Wolds CE Primary School, we believe in making all learning meaningful, exciting, ambitious and fun. The aim of our curriculum is for children to become:
- Confident Individuals
- Responsible Citizens
- Successful Learners
Our curriculum is deeply embedded in our school vision and Christian Values – they are the roots of our curriculum. We aim to achieve depth and excellence in all that we do.
Through carefully planned, sequential learning, we will instil knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of subjects. When creating our programmes of study, we want to encourage communication, creativity, enterprise, aspirations and a sense of community where our actions impact on the wider world.
We achieve this by teaching the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum alongside a personal excellence curriculum that meets the needs and interests of our learners. This provides a broad, balanced curriculum that inspires our children to love learning and to become life-long learners. It allows our pupils to develop their self-confidence, independence and creativity, as well as acquire knowledge and develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school. It enables their light to shine.
We aim to develop each subject through a clear progression of knowledge and skills across the year groups, building on prior knowledge through recall, repetition and retrieval in order to deepen understanding. This approach enables our children to make connections across their learning, leading to deeper learning experiences so that the learning is purposeful and meaningful.
We also provide the opportunity for children to apply their reading, writing, mathematical and computing skills across the whole of the curriculum wherever links are appropriate. Through this approach, the learning is slowed down, covering less but in much greater depth to allow pupils to master the skills through each sequence of learning. Links are made across all subjects where possible.
How we deliver the curriculum
Children are taught skills in all subjects and apply them across the curriculum whenever possible. Knowledge is organised progressively in each subject so that children are introduced to new learning, alongside retrieval of prior learning; this supports their long-term memory and deepens their understanding. Subjects are taught discretely but may be intertwined with other subjects, providing the links are meaningful; for example, it would be highly appropriate for children to apply their knowledge and skills of measurement and proportion (maths) if designing and making a prototype of a sustainable house of the future (Art/Design/Science).
Personal Social Health and Citizenship education is developed discretely while also being integrated across the curriculum and all aspects of learning. The same is true of our approach to Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural development.
In each Key Stage, children are taught every aspect of the curriculum and learning builds on the knowledge and skills of previous years. To extend children’s learning further, we have specialist music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance. We are a strong advocate of the Forest Schools approach to learning and our children benefit from our specific links with the Woodland Trust who visit us on site to deliver an extended curriculum to our children. We plan educational visits in our local area and beyond, as we believe this first hand experience enriches their education beyond the classroom which support long term memory and a love of learning and life itself.
Class teachers plan the learning using curriculum maps and knowledge organisers, that you can view in the links below. Their aim is to create authentic and challenging learning experiences which enable higher levels of engagement and self-directed learning. We provide learning with real-life problems or challenges and a real-life outcome where children are enabled to develop essential skills for life.
We believe this approach allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented; that it improves children’s engagement in their learning; and it allows English learning to grow progressively, which gives children a real purpose for reading and writing, which inspires and motivates them.
Through this approach children will:
- have fun
- be actively involved and engaged
- acquire knowledge and be able to recall it it over time
- develop learning skills quickly, as each one is connected to and reinforced by the other
- be confident and motivated
- love learning.
Children are at the centre of all learning and we are proud to work with them and their parents to help them achieve their full potential.
If you would like to know more, please click on the links below and visit our Class pages. We would be happy to discuss any aspect of our provision when you visit us, too.
Waltham Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage spans the period of learning and development from birth to 5 years old. Children who start our school during the academic year they turn 5 years of age, are known as Reception. At Waltham-on-the-Wolds Church of England Primary School we have one Reception Class, plus our pre-school and we work very closely with other feeder pre-schools, child minders and Nurseries in the surrounding area to support transition for our Reception children.
Please visit our Early Years Curriculum page for further information about the entitlement curriculum for Reception children and for further details about our provision, please visit our Class 1 page and Waltham Pre-school page.
For specific details about our curriculum and provision, please visit the Class pages, alongside the subject curriculum maps found in the links below.
Our approach to the curriculum, complies with duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 as we ensure it is accessible to all children, including for those with disabilities or special educational needs.