Underpinning everything we do at Wanborough Primary School is the idea of maximising learning through our GROW values (goals, resilience, outstanding and wonder). The aim of our curriculum is to deliver high quality, rich, creative and enjoyable teaching activities which inspire and enable children to learn effectively and achieve outstanding outcomes in all subjects. We have the highest expectations of all learners. There is no ceiling set for the performance of any pupil. So, we set ambitious, aspirational targets for the continual improvement of all learners. We always look for suitable and appropriate opportunities to stretch and challenge every pupil.
Our school curriculum is enriched by our E-twinning and Erasmus project work, assemblies, school clubs, extra-curricular and inter school opportunities, visitors, trips, residential experiences, theme weeks and days. We offer an inclusive curriculum and encourage the children to reflect upon their learning and thinking in order to overcome all barriers that prevent pupils from succeeding. The learning topics we have created are a key element in our teaching of the curriculum. Each subject is planned to teach the key knowledge and skills through a progressive series of lessons across all age groups. Subjects are taught discretely as appropriate.
In our view a fit body and a fit mind are inter linked. So we ensure pupils have a wide range of opportunities to engage in sport and physical education. Staff use their understanding of Growth Mindset, Metacognition, Mindfulness and Wellbeing to create positive learning climates for individuals and groups.
We continually look for meaningful opportunities for pupils to apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt in English and Mathematics in other subject areas to enable class timetables to be fit for purpose in delivering all subjects within the National curriculum.
All staff seek out relevant and meaningful opportunities to develop pupils’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding when teaching all subjects and with respect to our shared British values. Monthly values re-enforce this commitment.
The National Curriculum forms a part of our whole school curriculum. We take autonomy for our school curriculum and for the way we plan for and deliver the National Curriculum.
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 whole class texts, 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 Sounds programme.
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 continual focus throughout the school, we have adopted the cursive script and teach handwriting regularly throughout the week.
At Wanborough, we strive to teach mathematics in a creative yet meaningful way in order to prepare our children for their future. Our aim is to develop children’s love of Maths through engaging and stimulating lessons which allow children to become curious and to deepen their understanding. We track the children’s fundamental skills regularly so they become fluent over time, allowing them to apply their skills in various problems with increasing confidence.
We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work to ensure progression and consistency across all year groups and use Times Table Rockstars to encourage children to learn their times tables and improve related number facts.
At Wanborough, the children are taught to develop scientific enquiry and understanding of the world around them. Through knowledge-based and investigative lessons the children develop a wide range of scientific skills and vocabulary. Each area of Science is mapped across the curriculum and where possible, linked to the termly topic.
Predominantly, History is taught through a topic-based approach. 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.
Similarly, Geography is also taught through our cross-curricular topic approach where possible. The children are encouraged to generate and answer questions about the local and national area as well as discuss physical and human features worldwide. Children are encouraged to think about their place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
At Wanborough, we follow the Purple Mash Computing Scheme. Both laptops and iPads, combined with new Alphaboards in every classroom, support the teaching of computing and allow for cross-curricular opportunities to use technology. 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 the Agreed RE Syllabus for Swindon. Children are encouraged to discuss, compare and contrast different faiths through an enquiry-based curriculum focusing on believing, expressing and living.
At Wanborough, we deliver a PE curriculum which inspires and motivates 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 daily opportunities to be active within the classroom environment. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and provide opportunities for children to compete in both intra and inter school competitions.
Swimming lessons take place in the spring/summer term for Year 3 and Year 5.
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PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education)
At Wanborough Primary, we want our children to develop confidence and responsibility whilst developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. We follow 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.
Art & Design
Art is taught using the PlanBee scheme of work. 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.
Design and technology is also taught using the PlanBee scheme of work. Pupils research, design, make and evaluate products that meet certain criteria or purpose within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs. Cooking is taught in each year group 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.
Music is taught using the Charanga scheme of work. This 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.
We work alongside the Swindon Music Service and peripatetic music teachers to provide children with opportunities to learn a variety of musical instruments. Children in Year 4 and Year 5 receive African drumming lessons on alternating weeks.
Modern Foreign Languages - French
French is taught to all KS2 classes by an in-school expert. Our strong links with the French school Ecole Du Lac enable the children to have an enriched French curriculum. KS1 pupils play French games and introduce counting and singing through the use of Linguascope regularly.
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 Times Table Rockstars.