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Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised to ensure breadth, balance and depth for every learner in our inclusive school. All staff have contributed to the development of a curriculum that meets the needs of all our children.

Our school motto ‘Learning for Life’ is at the heart of our curriculum provision and it embodies our drive to equip our children with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they will need throughout their lives.

By the end of their time at Wheelwright Lane Primary School, we want children to be competent speakers, readers and writers, having secured solidly good skills in English and Maths that enable them to attain and achieve well and to make good progress from their starting points, ready for the next stage in their education.

Our curriculum covers the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to rich and varied opportunities that will develop their Cultural Capital.

We provide opportunities for our children to experience the benefits of a multicultural society, enabling them to see different perspectives and develop opinions within an ever-changing world and global perspective. We want them to take their place in the community as well-balanced, empathetic, kind, self-confident, knowledgeable citizens.

For more in depth information on the National Curriculum, please see the Department for Education website

Reception and Nursery classes follow the curriculum contained in the Early Years guidance materials:

At Wheelwright Lane we use a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a topic theme. This is further enhanced by the use of well-chosen picture books, poems, film, visitors, a variety of themed days/weeks and visits within the local community and beyond. We also recognise the importance of sports, music and the Arts and encourage participation wherever and whenever possible.

All of these are underpinned by the development in each child of effective and life-long Learning Behaviours which are promoted throughout the school.

New assessment information may be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Subject Intent Statements

Click the headings below to read the individual intent statements for each subject we study:

Art

At Wheelwright Lane Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art and Design curriculum provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. 

Year on year, our curriculum introduces every member of our school to a wide range of art and artists, including those from different periods and cultures. This in turn creates world citizens with an understanding of how art impacts and enhances societies and our surroundings, building up our cultural capital. High priority is given to opportunities for discussion, commentating on what we have seen, and talking through ideas and plans for our own work. Every year, there is a clear progression of skills, which build on prior learning – such as use of tools and techniques with increasing mastery.

Design and Technology

We aim for children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real-life purpose. The children are taught to combine their skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.  Design and Technology encourages children to apply and develop their Social and Emotional Learning skills; we want them to think creatively and work through problems to find appropriate solutions.

Design and Technology supports children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. Children’s interests are captured through topics, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning.  Children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design ideas, thinking about their effectiveness and we encourage our children to become innovators and risk-takers.

English

At Wheelwright Lane Primary School, reading is at the heart of all that we do and we celebrate children’s enjoyment of books and texts. High emphasis is placed on the teaching of phonics and acquiring fluency to enable children to access good quality and engaging texts that interest and inspire them. We encourage and support all children to read a variety of genres and authors in order that they become lifelong, avid readers. Through this exposure, children are encouraged to use adventurous vocabulary in their speech and written work. 

As spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing, we aim to foster excellent speaking and listening skills. Drama and role-play are promoted during lessons to encourage creativity in writing and confidence in public speaking.  We want our children to be enthusiastic, independent and lively writers with an innate desire to read and write for pleasure. We use our cross-curricular topics to provide a platform for enriched activities in reading and writing. Application of key literacy skills are therefore taught across all foundation subjects. English is celebrated and displayed in and around the school.

Geography

Geography skills and knowledge are taught and developed in every year group from Nursery to Year 6. The children begin to learn basic skills in Early Years when completing activities in Forest School and through the Knowledge and Understanding of the World element of the curriculum.  As children progress through the school, they begin to gain first-hand experience of studying the local area.  This expands to include places and features that are different to our own; for example, studying Poole’s Cavern, river study as well as rural localities.  

In addition to this, our curriculum is designed to ensure that teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.  Their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes.  By the time that pupils leave Wheelwright Lane, we want the children to have a love of geographical learning, gaining knowledge and skills through high quality teaching both inside and outside the classroom.  As the future generation responsible for our planet, we want our children to have a sense of respect for the world and further enhance their cultural capital.

History

At Wheelwright Lane, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology and build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world. We want to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects such as English and Art.

Visits and visitors are vital for the children to have the opportunity to learn about events and people in the past and how this impacts on our lives today.  By the time the children leave our school we hope that they have a secure knowledge of local, national and world history.

Languages

It is our intent at Wheelwright Lane Primary School to develop children’s love of learning about languages and cultures. Our current language taught is French. However, we strive to provide children, where we can, with opportunities to experience a range of other languages.  It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.

Mathematics

We provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all abilities, allowing children to make good progress from their starting points.  Our expectation is that all pupils within our school will be taught an age or stage appropriate curriculum.  Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged with rich and sophisticated problems to deepen their mathematical thinking.  We recognise the importance of the four operations, quick recall of times tables and secure understanding of number bonds. Where fluency in these areas is not at the appropriate level, further support will be in place to consolidate them.

We will ensure that pupils develop fluency and make rich connections across mathematical ideas, allowing all children to apply what they already know, even when challenged with new concepts.  All children will work in concrete, pictorial and abstract forms, developing a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.  Throughout the school, all children will be exposed to the correct mathematical terminology and use mathematical vocabulary when developing their reasoning skills.  We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning, allowing all children to foster a positive attitude.

Physical Education (PE)

At Wheelwright Lane Primary School, we aim to provide a high quality, inclusive PE curriculum which motivates and inspires children to become physically active citizens, benefitting their long-term health and well-being.  Children are encouraged to develop their competence and confidence in a range of sporting activities. We recognise the value of physical activity in supporting children’s health and mental wellbeing and provide a supportive environment in which children can succeed. We aspire for children to build a positive mindset and to show determination and resilience. Through regular opportunities to participate in school and local sporting competitions, we promote the conventions of fair-play, team-work and respect. 

Personal, Sex and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship

The intent of PHSE is to encourage the emotional and social development of our pupils and involves learning about sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles diversity and personal identity.

The aims of PHSE are:

  • To foster a safe school community where pupils can learn, grow and develop positive, healthy behaviour for life.
  • To nurture secure learning environments where children can be inquisitive and curious, develop tolerance, empathy and self-esteem, and show respect and consideration for others.
  • To meet our safeguarding obligations by providing a preventative programme that enables children to learn about the safety and risks in relationships.
  • To ensure that all pupils are prepared for the physical and emotional changes they go through during puberty.
  • To provide age-appropriate knowledge about sexual health and human development, together with an opportunity to consider the values and attitudes around sexual health issues.
  • To help pupils to keep themselves safe, both on and offline, to develop positive relationships with others, and to understand the difference between consenting and exploitative relationships.
Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education at Wheelwright Lane Primary School plays a significant role in helping children to understand their world. We promote respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs. We encourage pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self- awareness and reflection.  The teaching of Religious Education aims to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding of other religions and world views in the local, national and wider global community. The multi-faith community in which we live provides us with rich opportunities to visit places of worship to enhance children’s experiences and understanding of other faiths.

Science

At Wheelwright Lane Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.  Through teaching Science, we aim to provide our pupils with the foundations to understand the world around them, enhancing their knowledge, skills and cultural capital. We want children to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about phenomena and big questions and to explain how and why things happen.

Children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including questioning, testing and observing as well as building up their knowledge and scientific vocabulary. Children are exposed to high-quality teaching and learning experiences, which allows them to explore their outdoor environment, persist in analysing and testing theories and questions, follow lines of enquiry and engage with practical experiments, reflecting on their science knowledge and drawing meaningful conclusions from their data.

We intend to provide all children with a broad and balanced science curriculum so that they can fully engage with the world around them and enhance their sense of wellbeing and self-esteem.

Implementation

Our curriculum is delivered through half termly topics or themes, all carefully chosen to engage children in their learning. Visitors to schools, visits to museums, art galleries, local areas, places of business and worship figure highly in the experiences we provide for our children. Details of topics can be accessed through the Class areas on the website.

We greatly value the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills throughout the curriculum. Children will have access to knowledge organisers at the start of each topic to support their vocabulary and understanding.

Quality First Teaching, differentiated for individual needs, is implemented in all classes in line with our inclusive offer. Intervention groups are also used to target groups and individuals, run by experienced Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

We teach the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which focuses on six main world religions. Our Relationships, Health and Sex Education is taught through the ‘Jigsaw’ programme. Further details of this policy and the content of the programme can be found below.

Impact

National testing is undertaken as in line with Government procedures. For foundation subjects, children are assessed at the end of every topic according to our agreed Milestone Descriptors. Subject leaders regularly review the impact of teaching and learning and monitor gaps in learning. The majority of children received sustained learning throughout the lockdowns and were engaged in remote learning. However, subject leaders are aware of gaps in learning in knowledge and skills and will continue to assess their curriculum subject intervention plan to ensure gaps are filled.

Long Term Plan

This is our whole school Long Term Plan (LTP) which gives a general overview of our curriculum:

YearAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
ReceptionMy family and other animals. (Festivals and celebrations).It’s good to be me.If you go down to the woods today...Bears, bears everywhere...even in space!Take a walk on the wild side!Seaside adventures.
Year 1Old MacDonald had a farm.Toys R Us.There’s no place like home.The wheels on the bus.Ponds, plants and parks.People portraits and picnics.
Year 2Food, glorious food!Superheroes.It’s a kind of magic.Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.Who’s afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?Through the keyhole.
Year 3Rainforest explorers.A load of old rubbish!Stone age, bone age.Take a walk with a Wild Child.What have the Romans ever done for us?The Great Train Journey.
Year 4On the move.Wolves in the Wall!Tomb raiders.Magical Myths. Dragons.Volcanoes and Earthquakes; fact and friction.Scots and Saxons; scraps and settlement!
Year 5Water, water everywhere.People, Poets and peace.Ancient Greeks.To infinity and beyond.Vikings.Survivors Europeans; countries, capitals and culture.
Year 6Peace and reconciliation.Way home.Crime and punishment through the ages.Crime and punishment cont. The Island.SATs revision and preparation. Focus on English and Maths.The Mystery of the Mayans. All’s well that ends well – a Shakespeare-based play.

We also have various trips organised througout the year, which can be read below:

 

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

The intent of RHSE is to encourage the emotional and social development of our pupils and involves learning about sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles diversity and personal identity.

The aims of RHSE are:

  • To foster a safe school community where pupils can learn, grow and develop positive, healthy behaviour for life.
  • To nurture secure learning environments where children can be inquisitive and curious, develop tolerance, empathy and self-esteem, and show respect and consideration for others.
  • To meet our safeguarding obligations by providing a preventative programme that enables children to learn about the safety and risks in relationships.
  • To ensure that all pupils are prepared for the physical and emotional changes they go through during puberty.
  • To provide age-appropriate knowledge about sexual health and human development, together with an opportunity to consider the values and attitudes around sexual health issues.
  • To help pupils to keep themselves safe, both on and offline, to develop positive relationships with others, and to understand the difference between consenting and exploitative relationships.

The school has purchased the Jigsaw RSHE programme and will follow this unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work. Links to the topics covered and leaflets for parents are available below.

Jigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE