Witton-le-Wear Primary School is a small family orientated school where everyone works together as ‘one big happy family.’
Here is a overview of our curriculum work.
Our school website outlines the long term plans that each class in school will follow. These are amended on a regular basis. The school holds regular curriculum information parent sessions, led by subject leaders or the senior management team, where we give parents additional information about how we approach our curriculum in terms of teaching and learning, curriculum coverage and wider experiences that our children may have access to. Information about our curriculum policies an approaches is readily available in our main school entrance for any parent or member of the public who wishes to find out more our curriculum.
We aim to provide high quality education through a broad and varied curriculum in a stimulating and fun environment where all children are viewed and treated as individuals. We believe that the key to success is children who want to come to school and learn. In line with this ethos, we commenced a whole school curriculum review in the spring and summer terms 2019 in order to revise, restructure and improve our curriculum for the maximum enjoyment and benefit for all our children. This process is to continue throughout the 2019/20 academic year. Children learn best when they are happy, interested and motivated in the work they are doing!
We constantly seek to provide all children with a broad, balanced and creative curriculum which is matched to their individual needs so that they gain a variety of skills and a knowledge of the world around them, which in turn develops a desire to learn more.
Our curriculum encompasses a wide variety of subjects: English, mathematics, science, computing, art and design, French, history, geography, physical education, music and religious education. We plan schemes and programmes of work within the guidelines and requirements of the National Curriculum, but with a creative approach running alongside this in terms of curriculum delivery in order to make our school curriculum broad, balanced and interesting to our children.
At present our primary school curriculum is divided into three stages:
- Early Years Foundation Stage for children of ages below five years
- Key Stage 1 – for children from five to seven years
- Key Stage 2 – for children from seven to eleven years
Some of our curriculum subjects are taught as discreet areas to ensure that their content, skills and knowledge can be focused upon specifically, but other areas are sometimes combined into creative topics which allow us to draw links between different subjects and to approach the children’s learning in a more creative and diverse manner.
Learning Overviews and Additional Information
Please click on the relevant section below to find out more about each area of our curriculum.
- Curriculum Content
- School Policies
- Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS
- Year 1 to Year 6 Curriculum
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
- Relationship & Sex Education
- Promoting British Values
Marking Symbols & Stamps
Learning Outside of the Classroom
The school continues to place great importance and emphasis upon developing learning outside of the classroom.
By giving the children opportunities to develop and enhance their learning within the school grounds and the wider local community the children can extend existing knowledge and skills in a variety of new contexts as well as being given the chance to develop new skills in exciting situations and environments.
Our school wildlife area and growing area gives the children across the various year groups the opportunity to develop their understanding of healthy eating issues and the need for sustainability by taking part in the planting and growing of a variety of vegetables and fruit.
We use local Low Barns Nature Reserve facilities as often as possible, giving our children the opportunity to see nature in action and to work upon areas such as nature trails, plant and animal recognition, pond dipping and classification of creatures, etc. The children really benefit from this hands- on approach to learning and their enthusiasm really shine through.
During 202021 our school will continue to embed the ‘Forest Schools’ programme (which was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19) which will involve the pupils working outdoors and in the wider community.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Witton-le-Wear Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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