Curriculum Overview - Our Approach to Learning

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Curriculum Overview and Background

At Wilson’s Endowed CE School we aim to provide a high quality of education that educates the ‘whole child’, discovering and nurturing their individual gifts and talents. As a church school Christian values underpin the curriculum; the approach to learning and the broader life of the school. In turn this supports each child’s growth and development in preparing them for life in the modern world as well rounded individuals and confident global citizens. It is important to us that every child develops an eagerness for lifelong learning and acquires the skills to make this a practical reality. We aspire to engender in every child a good work ethos, a sense of community and belonging and a commitment to core British values.

In order to achieve these outcomes our curriculum endeavours to provide as many relevant real life experiences as possible and we approach topics in a way that provokes questions and inspires the imagination. The development of key skills and knowledge is key in providing a broad and balanced curriculum following requirements of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum.

The Curriculum Through the School

Educational Stage  Pupil Age  Class Name  Details
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 4-5 year olds Pines

Reception Class

Our school bases its main work on the Early Years Foundation Stage for the children in Reception. Children enjoy a play based learning curriculum and they are encouraged to choose a wide variety of activities to support their development that take place both indoors and outdoors. There is a focus on three prime areas : communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Learning in the specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design build upon learning in the prime areas.

Key Stage One (KS1)  5-6 year olds Willows

Pupils in Years 1 to 6 follow the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. It states that :

"Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life."
6-7 year olds Cedars
Lower Key Stage Two (KS2) 7-9 year olds Rowans
Upper Key Stage Two (KS2) 9-11 year olds Oaks

The Curriculum in Practice

During the morning at Wilson’s Endowed CE School there is an emphasis on the core subjects of English and Mathematics. This includes daily phonic sessions supporting pupils in developing their reading skills in EYFS and KS1.

Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and Computing are taught as separate subjects throughout the school year.

The foundation subjects of Art, Design Technology, History, Geography and Music are approached as whole school termly projects focused on topics from the national curriculum. Topics endeavour to be as exciting as possible with educational visits out of school and workshops in school providing experiences that deepen the children’s learning through meaningful experiences.

Christian values permeate every aspect of school life and our desire to nurture our children as they progress through the school means that time is spent in working through the social emotional aspects of learning (SEAL). This is linked to the pupils feeling safe and providing opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, morally as well as physically.

Learning Beyond the Curriculum

There are many opportunities for the pupils at lunchtimes and after school, these include musical activities, sports clubs, eco committee and gardening club. The school is also registered with The Children’s University which encourages learning beyond school hours.

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