Curriculum

Wingfield Primary School Curriculum 2016- 2017

At Wingfield we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables all children to develop a lifelong love of learning; promotes the willingness to question and explore, and enables all children to achieve the highest possible outcomes.

Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum Framework document September  2013 and provides a wide and varied learning experience, which is enriched through creative contexts and our values based learning community.  If you would to like find out more about our curriculum then please contact the Deputy Head Teacher and Curriculum Leader, Sarah Day, via the school office.

Aims

Wingfield Curriculum enables all children to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Values

Wingfield Curriculum is developed around a values based learning community which:

  • promotes personal development
  • supports equality of opportunity,
  • develops spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
  • celebrates the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
  • develops an understanding of the environment as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration that needs to be protected

Purpose

The curriculum at Wingfield will:

  • promote high standards, particularly in English, maths and ICT
  • provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
  • instil in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
  • promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
  • be relevant to children and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
  • widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education
  • make children more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
  • help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success.

Curriculum Framework Map

The curriculum framework map shows the different units of learning to be undertaken each term from nursery through to Year 6. Units and titles have been chosen to inspire and motivate children, allow them to make connections and ensure a clear progression of knowledge, content and skills. The framework incorporates all aspects of the National Curriculum Framework document, September 2013.

Whole School Projects and Text based Learning

At Wingfield we are committed to whole school projects which inspire learning and show progression across the school, with a particular emphasis on creative writing. There are four whole school projects: a whole school text; a whole school painting; a whole school film and a whole school visit. Each of these projects provides a text for teaching and learning.

Unit of Learning

At Wingfield we believe that children learn best through a transdisciplinary, inquiry based approach where learning is engaging, relevant and meaningful. Units of Learning have been created to map out the knowledge and skills from different curriculum areas which form the basis of that unit’s learning. National Curriculum science, geography and history are included in detail with both statutory and some non – statutory guidance (provided in italics).

P.E., Computing, Art and DT provide an overview of the National Curriculum attainment targets and make reference to other documents which provide a clear skills progression for each year group. Year group teams are able to organise their own coverage of these skills across the different units of learning.

R.E. teaching is taken from the Greenwich Scheme of Work, Windows on Faith. Units have been allocated to fit in with the overall theme where possible.

English and maths have not been included on the unit planners, although the range of writing genres to be taught across each year group is indicated. The National Curriculum attainment targets for all aspects of maths and English are provided separately. It is expected that the skills and understanding in English (and maths where appropriate) will be developed and taught through the other subject areas as part of the unit learning.  The school uses the Letters and sounds scheme to deliver phonics teaching in KS1.  We do not follow a reading scheme in KS1 as we believe it is important for children to enjoy a broad range of texts.

Teachers need to ensure that children are appropriately challenged according to their individual needs, accessing maths and English learning from other year groups where necessary.

The French curriculum is currently mapped out across the school year for children in KS2. The Rigolo scheme of work will be used to teach French in Key Stage 2.

The music curriculum is taught through Music Express and Sing Up.

All the information on the unit planners that is in italics and in dark blue print is non statutory.

Central Ideas

Each unit of learning is built around a central idea. This is the ‘big idea’ or generalisation that the learning is based upon. It provides the connections between the different subjects that make up the unit.

A central idea is a statement that:

  • is an enduring understanding
  • relates and connects concepts
  • transfers through time and across cultures
  • is not value laden
  • is true and or valid

Central ideas should be displayed and referred to during teaching and learning.

Guiding Questions

Guiding questions have been developed to focus the learning for each unit.  All teaching and learning is designed to answer the guiding questions, giving the learning context, meaning and purpose.

Guiding questions should:

  • be open – ended
  • focus on inquiry
  • intrinsically interesting
  • be non-judgemental
  • be succinct

Guiding questions should be displayed and referred to during teaching and learning.