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Wordsworth Primary School

Wordsworth

Primary School

Curriculum

School Aims:

  • develop intellectual curiosity
  • make informed decisions
  • lead as well as be part of a team
  • appreciate cultural diversity
  • enjoy learning, be happy and safe

Curriculum Vision Statement

Wordsworth Primary promotes a curriculum that is infused by British values and the spiritual, moral social and cultural development of its children. We aim to nurture a growth mindset culture which means developing a community committed to learning and growing through hard work, commitment and perseverance. Our ethos is that all our children are capable of achieving highly and that we as lead practitioners will provide the right learning experiences for this to happen. Our premise for this curriculum is “What more can we do?” Learning is our core purpose and we are committed to building children’s capacity to develop as independent confident and reflective learners. We also believe learning should be rewarding and enjoyable and therefore invest in a ‘creative curriculum’ that is engaging and stimulating. This is both within the everyday taught curriculum, encompassing hooks, opportunities for philosophy and discussion, outdoor learning visits and celebration and within the wider creative curriculum of Music, Sports, Dance and Environmental Studies. 

 

Mathematics Vision Statement

We will follow a practical approach to the teaching of mathematics to help our children develop the skills to solve every day problems in their lives. Children are introduced to the processes of calculation through practical, oral and mental activities. As children begin to understand the underlying ideas they develop ways of recording to support their thinking and calculation methods, use particular methods that apply to special cases, and learn to interpret and use the signs and symbols involved. Over time children learn how to use models and images, such as empty number lines, to support their mental and informal written methods of calculation. As children’s mental methods are strengthened and refined, so too are their informal and formal written methods. We encourage children to problem solve as well as calculate at all levels and provide opportunities to ‘dig deeper’ in order to challenge children further.

 

English Vision Statement

Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. Children should be encouraged to be confident, enthusiastic, critical, independent readers, spellers and writers. They should be able to read and write across range of genre with understanding of structure and organisation. They should also demonstrate effective application of phonics knowledge and reading strategies to decode and support inference and deduction for comprehension. They should be able to apply a range of transcription skills including spelling and handwriting. They should show an awareness of purpose, audience and form, and reflect this in their writing. They should develop as independent and accurate spellers who are confident to use writing and adventurous vocabulary. Children should develop a flexible and legible handwriting style that empowers them to write with speed, confidence and pride. They should be able to articulate this clearly with confidence and increasing expressive language.

 

Computing Vision Statement

Computing is an invisible foot print across all aspects of a child’s life. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

 

Science Vision Statement

A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

The Arts Vision Statement

The Arts cover a wide range of subject disciplines that underpin and infuse other subjects across the curriculum. We foster the qualities of creativeness, imagination and sensitivity, through musical and artistic experiences, and innovation through design and making. We develop children’s appreciation and appraisal of a wide range of music, artists and technological processes including media and a range of products which considers how they are manufactured and the contribution they make to society. We encourage children to share artistic experiences and develop an understanding which develops an understanding of how Art, Music and Design support British values, and the diverse cultures within our society.

 

PE, MFL, Religious Education, Spiritual Moral Social Cultural Education, British Values and PSHE Vision Statement

We develop the children’s understanding that PE, MFL, RE, British values, SMSC and PSHE are all about who they are as an individual, to develop their understanding of their individuality and the role they play in the world. Through these subjects, our children will be given opportunities to celebrate and develop an awareness and respect for difference and promote spiritual, moral social and cultural understanding for learning, within their own community and the wider world.

Please find below the overview for the RE Curriculum for both Key Stages and for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Additionally, you can also find an attached copy of the Agreed Syllabus for RE teaching for Southampton, Living Difference III. 

 

Humanities Vision Statement

We develop children’s fascination for geographical issues and a thirst for historical knowledge and an understanding of how the past impacts upon the present. We increase children’s geographical and historical knowledge including a sense of location, of where they are in relation to other places; other countries and cultures locally, nationally and globally and their understanding of the present and past, promoting their sense of chronology. Children’s historical and geographic enquiry skills are developed through evaluation of evidence, logical thinking and working systematically, asking and answering questions.

 

Within Key Stage 1 we use Phonics bugs to assist with the children's reading and maths learning.

 

Please see below for a link to our SMSC and British Values Education plan, the new National Curriculum and links to our long term curriculum maps.

http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum