Wellesbourne is committed to developing a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum review. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad, balanced and progressive education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives children the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. Our curriculum aims to inspire all children to develop resourcefulness, confidence and integrity, leading to a passion for being a lifelong learner and upstanding citizen.
As a Church of England School our Christian ethos promotes inclusion and values the enrichment of diversity. Our core values of Friendship, Service and Forgiveness are sown into the ‘soil’ of our school in order to help children and adults flourish and bloom into the best people they can be – demonstrating the Fruit of the Spirit in abundance. Collective Worship and circle time encourage thinking skills and a growing knowledge of the part religion and ethics play in modern life.
We base our learning on building the children’s knowledge so their long term memories are full of resources to pull on as year after year at Wellesbourne and when they move onto secondary school and beyond.
The aim of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural teaching and learning is to equip the children with an understanding of how to develop into good citizens with an awareness of their part in society, locally in the community and globally. Children are encouraged to consider how they learn best and supported to develop good learning habits and positive learning behaviours, with a ‘can do’ Growth Mindset.
This curriculum comprises the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science; and the foundation subjects: Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education and Languages in KS2. In addition, RE and Personal, Social and Health Education are taught by subject and through our Collective Worship as part of a whole school programme.
Although we follow the statutory requirements, it is our approach and delivery of the subjects that make us distinctive as a school. Our classroom teachers collaborate to shape the curriculum using their unique knowledge of the children in their care to ensure achievement and satisfaction for ALL pupils. This includes applying the core skills learnt in English, Maths and Computing to other areas of the curriculum and creating experiences that are tangible, substantial and significant for the children. This is done through class and whole school topic work, and through a range of visits and visitors, including residential visits.
Religious Education is taught following the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resource.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is the basis of our Nursery and Reception curriculum. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides 7 areas of learning to be covered in our curriculum. These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
These prime areas of learning, underpin and support learning and development in the following 4 areas.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing certain skills throughout the year on a daily/weekly basis, through exploratory play and adult directed tasks. Continuous provision practice and principles begin in Nursery/Reception and support children to develop key life skills such as independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, analysis and problem solving. In Reception, we also give children plenty of opportunities to read, write and apply their mathematical understanding. As a result, our children start Year 1 as confident and competent learners.
We have designed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework which aims to:
- Plan for breadth in the curriculum so that children can develop a deep body of knowledge in each subject
- Progressively build on prior learning of all children, whatever their starting points, and enable children to make links where appropriate.
- Provide opportunities to apply children’s skills and knowledge through problem solving and analytical thinking.
- Enthuse children with enrichment activities. Themed weeks across the whole school motivate children and extend their learning e.g. international week and book week. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
- Link the learning to build on local facilities in our community such as St. Peter’s Church, Compton Verney, Coventry Cathedral, the Methodist Church and The Sports Club.
- Create relationships with local people to use their expertise e.g. the vicar, the parish councillors, parents/carers and careers events with local people.
We also aim to give children exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, through for example, sporting events, residential visits, and through visiting speakers from other religious denominations and groups. High quality visits and visitors enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.
Our approach to teaching reading is based on the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics and daily taught sessions, interactive games, clear provision in the environment, decoding skill and picture clues. Alongside this, we ensure that children can read the expected Common Exception Words for their year group. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which offers a wide range of titles for children to choose from, including phonics bug, alien adventures, fireflies (non-fiction titles) and poetry books. We also use a wide range of schemes/books to supplement this. In order to motivate the children further, we have, with the help of the Friends PTA Committee, invested in the Accelerated Reading programme for KS2 children.
At Wellesbourne, our main teaching principle is that teachers expose children to high quality texts and whole books, often linked to the topic under study. The English curriculum is taught using our own curriculum which incorporates elements of a strategy called Talk for Writing (which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence) as well as elements of Alan Peat sentences. Alongside this, children experience specific lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling (using Read Write INC daily practise) and handwriting (using Letter Join). Suitable opportunities to write across the curriculum engage the children’s interest so children write for a purpose wherever possible.
The mathematics curriculum is based on the framework of the White Rose Maths planning which has been developed to enable a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. Teachers develop children’s conceptual understanding through questioning designed to develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Teachers use a range of resources including, but not limited to, White Rose Maths, Classroom Secrets, NCETM, Mathsframe and Gareth Metcalf’s I See Maths series in order to develop and assess children’s understanding.
Topics and Topic Webs
Parents can find out more about the curriculum objectives achieved each term from the summary of topics sent out at the end of each term and uploaded to the school website. Please see these below: These topic webs show areas of learning achieved and include photographs of projects. The school also hosts curriculum evenings for parents to find out more information. The dates for these are published in the newsletter and made available on-line. Assessments in English and Maths are made in relation to Age Related Expectations at the end of each year and reported to parents.
This can also be downloaded here:
Curriculum Meeting Handouts 2017-18
New Handwriting Scheme
Please see links to the new handwriting scheme documents below:
Maths Calculation Policies