At Wanborough Primary School we pride ourselves on offering a creative and stimulating curriculum.
Wherever possible we embed learning within a topic in order to catch, or hook, children's interests, therefore leaving them eager to learn and find out more. We use this to inspire quality writing from the children and to develop a range of skills across the curriculum. We are very lucky to be located in a rural environment and also close to St. Andrew's Church, so we like to include many first hand experiences using our locality.
We also invite visitors into school to support children's understanding and we provide a wide range of enriched educational opportunities, including expert PE tuition from Miss Brant; musical instrument tuition through the Swindon Music Hub and many peripatetic teachers; specialist French teaching from Mrs. Hook; taking part in school productions and assemblies or designing and creating works of art.
Further information on our Curriculum can be found below.
Both laptops and iPads, combined with new Alphaboards in every classroom, support the curriculum by allowing the children to record their learning in a variety of ways and to learn the computing skills needed for the new national curriculum.
Homework is set weekly. We encourage pupils to be just as creative outside of school as they are inside of school and to build upon their learning. We set homework from across the curriculum, encompassing all subject areas, that provides pupils with opportunities to play games, make models, design posters and be creative in how they present their ideas; as well as formal writing and mathematics. We encourage the use of ICT and also set online activities through Purple Mash and Mathletics.
At Wanborough Primary School, we recognise the importance of a curriculum that engages and stimulates children. Pupils follow a curriculum based on the National Curriculum to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the world. This includes:
English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Pupils in years 3 to 6 also learn to communicate in French. Recognising the importance of both academic and personal development, we strive to enable every child to reach their full potential. In support of this, we want our pupils to develop: the ability to work independently and collaboratively; communication skills; resilience; self-confidence and a passion for learning that stimulates questioning and wonder that will continue through into their adult lives.
At Wanborough Primary School, our curriculum delivery is planned around a creative topic to inspire our pupils, but also maximise cross-curricular links whilst ensuring that there is a clear development in the learning of key skills and knowledge. These topics are based around the elements of the National Curriculum that can be grouped and linked together, but where there are no links, subjects are taught discretely. We share our topic webs for the term (our long term planning) with parents via the school website, and in either in paper form or via email.
In the developing technological world in which we live, it is important that children learn the skills of communication in both the spoken and written form. Opportunities for children are planned to develop speaking and listening skills such as debates, performing poetry and hot seating character roles. At Wanborough Primary School, we love reading, encouraging children to read for pleasure and information. Children are taught with the support of a wide range of reading material including daily whole class text, guided reading sessions and independent reading. In both Key Stages, spelling patterns and strategies are taught throughout the week, and Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught using the 'Letters and Sound's programme. This develops children's encoding (building up words for spelling) and decoding (breaking words down for reading). We have a well-stocked library from which children are able to borrow books for use in the class and at home. Those pupils who do not pass the national phonological standard at the end of Key Stage 1, continue with their phonics in Key Stage 2 using the 'SoundsWrite' programme. Years 1-6 classes use the 'No Nonsense' spelling scheme and teach dedicated spelling sessions at least three times a week.
The skills of writing are taught through our daily literacy lessons across a wide range of genres. In addition to this, regular opportunities are given for the children to apply these skills in other areas of the curriculum too. Punctuation and grammar are taught where possible through shared texts and topics as part of the daily literacy lessons, but on occasions are also taught discretely.
Handwriting and presentation are a focus throughout the school, we have adopted the cursive script in our school and teach handwriting regularly throughout the week.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life. Our aim is to develop confident mathematicians who can apply their knowledge and strategies into a range of situations, often linked to real life situations, e.g. getting change when shopping; telling the time and measuring when cooking. Through our planned curriculum across the school, we teach children a range of mental and written strategies; all children learn know number facts such as number bonds and multiplication and division facts. Children play fun games during the warm-up part of the lesson to learn and reinforce mental strategies, this is often through the use of ICT.
Regular opportunities are given to apply these skills through problem solving and mathematical reasoning. We have begun to incorporate a style of investigation known as SNIVEL (stop; notice; investigate; verbalise & explain; link) to identify patterns and raise questions about maths into our teach and building upon embedding this. We use layered targets across the school to raise achievement in areas identified as needing support - e.g. mental subtraction or written multiplication.
Our science curriculum covers a range of natural phenomena to enable children to develop as scientists and understand the world around them. Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, use their five senses, and develop skills such as being able to predict how things will behave or analyse causes. Through first-hand experience, children are encouraged to challenge and develop their own ideas and understanding. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to develop the skills needed to investigate. Our planning is based around the National Curriculum, with relevant links made to other topics where appropriate.
History, both ancient and modern, is an exciting part of the curriculum which we try to involve in many of our themes. At Wanborough Primary School, we believe that children should learn about Britain's past and that of the wider world. Children are given opportunities to study a range of sources of evidence; develop their questioning skills and think about the impact of key developments through our history. The work that we cover enables children to develop a greater sense of chronology and the importance of learning from the past. As with Geography, where relevant, links are made across topics.
At Wanborough Primary, we believe that geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The children are encouraged to generate and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, locally, nationally and across the world. Different societies and cultures are explored. This helps children realise how we rely on each other on a global scale. Children are encouraged to think about their place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Like history, geography is often taught in a cross curricular way with relevant key skills and knowledge being developed through topic work.
Our new Computing curriculum covers five key aspects: Programming, E-safety, Multimedia, Handling data and Technology in our lives. These aspects are covered every term by every year group from Year 1 to Year 6, with Foundation Stage exploring elements of these throughout the academic year.
The children are learning to become digital communicators who are digitally literate, digital investigators who are logical and creative, digital creators who can develop ideas and digital citizens who are safe and responsible.
We use iPads, desktops, laptops and interactive Alphaboards to enhance our learning across all areas of the curriculum. E-Safety is a priority in our school; it is taught regularly and we are consistently reviewing our practice.
The Religious Education curriculum taught at Wanborough Primary School follows an enquiry based scheme that has been written in line with the Agreed RE Syllabus for Swindon (although we will be adopting the new updated and recommended syllabus when it is released in November 2016). We aim to develop the children's understanding of the major world major faiths and a greater understanding of the world in which we live. Each enquiry starts from the children's own life experiences using these as a bridge into the investigation of the religion being studied.
At Wanborough, we deliver a PE curriculum to inspire and motivate children to develop both a love of sport and a competitive spirit. Children are given opportunities to develop their skills and apply them across a wide range of sports and disciplines. Our children receive two hours of PE per week, as well as taking part in a 'wake and shake' activity every day. We have a wide range of resources in school to aid the teaching of PE and are lucky to have use of a hall, large field and playground area to deliver PE.
To support the curriculum, the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs such as Zumba, fitness, cricket, football, netball and softball. Our children love to represent the school in many different competitions and we regularly take teams to local sporting events and festivals. Children in Reception, Year 3 and Year 6 are given the opportunity to develop their swimming skills and children in Year 4 take part in a 3 day outdoor and adventurous residential.
At Wanborough, we thoroughly believe that physical education is a key area of the curriculum which not only develops children's physical development, but provides a basis for learning a range of positive personal skills and 'can do' attitudes to life.
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PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education)
As children grow and develop, our PSHE curriculum is designed to enable children to thrive and talk about issues arising in their everyday lives e.g. drug awareness, relationships and life in Modern Britain. At Wanborough Primary, we want our children to develop confidence and responsibility whilst developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. We have just purchased and are beginning to implement the Jigsaw scheme of work
across the school. The scheme combines PSHE education, social skills and spiritual development. Six core themes are addressed over each year with supportive whole school assemblies. The children are encouraged to develop a greater sense of themselves and how they relate to others in the wider world. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum areas are embedded across the year.
Our active school council represent the children across the school enabling the children to develop a sense of democracy. Sex education will be taught throughout the year groups as part of the jigsaw scheme. In previous years we have had visits from the Life Education Van to support this area of the curriculum.
Art & Design
Art is an important subject to enable children to develop, and express their creativity and imagination. Across the school, children learn to express themselves using a variety of art media, focusing on aspects such as tone, form, pattern and texture. They are taught about specific artists in all year groups and allowed to develop an individual creative style using a wide range of materials. In Key Stage 1 and 2, children record their observations in sketch books and develop ideas to support their topic work. We hold a school exhibition of the pupils' work biannually.
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Cooking is planned across the year with relevant links made to topic work and carried out in our designated DT room, links to learning about nutrition are made through these lessons.
Musical work, supported by the Charanga online scheme of work, enables the children to develop their ability to perform, appraise and enjoy a wide range of music. Children learn to sing as part of our year group performances and also learn a variety of traditional and modern songs during whole school singing assemblies and classroom activities.
Children also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular clubs such as choir and drumming workshops. All children have the chance to perform to the rest of the school and to parents in performances, assemblies and the annual singing festivals organised by the Swindon Music Services held at the Oasis.
Children have the opportunity to learn the various other instruments in small groups through the Swindon Music Cooperative, who teach African Drumming to Years 4 and 5 on alternating weeks and Recorders to Years 2 and 3 again on alternating weeks. We also have peripatetic teachers throughout the week that teach pupils the guitar, piano and keyboard.
Modern Foreign Languages - French
French is taught across KS2. There is a strong focus on listening and speaking with the repetition of key words and phrases through speech, games, songs and other activities, as well as writing. Towards the end of KS2 most children will read and write simple phrases. Key Stage 2 pupils are taught weekly by an internal specialist. Opportunities to use and explore French in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One is given through the use of Linguascope, assemblies and share and learn days.