At Willen Primary school we have a varied and exciting curriculum in which we aim to develop the whole child. This curriculum enables us to help your child to gain a secure understanding of the world in which they live in and develop their own sense of self. We want learning to be fun and enjoyable so that the children reach their potential and have the opportunity to flourish! We want to build experiences and memories that will stay with the children as they progress both through the school and through their lives!
During the mornings the children have core lessons of Maths and English where they are taught in an interesting and diverse way. The children have the opportunity to learn in range of different ways including real life maths, and drawing upon WOW events and moments in their English learning. In addition to this we also develop multiplication skills to ensure quick recall of multiplication and division facts and develop their understanding of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
In addition to these core lessons the children have Linked Learning lessons. Instead of having discrete history/geography/RE/Science/Computing lessons each week we have grouped subjects together to focus on that topic for a period of one or two weeks. This means that the children will be fully immersed in a particular topic for this duration and all of their learning will be around this topic.
An example of a Linked Learning topic is in Year 3 the children have been learning about chocolate; all Linked Learning afternoon lessons had the focus of chocolate for the duration of that week. The children are also given the opportunity to develop their English skills as cross curricular writing opportunities are planned in to which will also have a writing objective as well as a Linked Learning objective. All of our Linked Learning has a focus on Skills which the children will build upon as they move across the school. We endeavour to make cross curricular links such as writing instructions in English lessons of how to make soup which was taught in a DT lesson; this enables us to fully immerse the children in the subjects that they are learning.
In addition to Linked Learning the children have discrete PE lessons which are taught by both class teachers and a PE specialist.
Children have the opportunity to extend their learning of the curriculum through their home learning and Learning Logs.
In our Early Years setting the curriculum consists of the 3 Prime areas of learning which are:
- Communication and Language, which focuses on the development of listening skills, vocabulary and use of oral language. It also uses stories to help support the development of these skills.
- Physical Development which is the development and improvement of gross and fine motor skills, which children need to become independent with self-care and develop the skills and control needed for writing.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development is about the importance of developing secure relationships, with both adults and peers, and supports children to develop skills in sharing, negotiating and managing their own behaviour.
- These areas of learning are supported by the specific areas of learning which are:
- Literacy is about the development of the skills needed for reading and writing, which is facilitated by the daily teaching of phonics. The phonics programme that we follow is Read Write Inc and more information can be found at http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/phonics/
- Mathematics is divided into Number, which includes learning to count and recognise numerals to 20, and Shape, Space and Measure, which includes understanding and use of positional language and recognition of 2D and 3D shapes.
- Understanding the world. Children have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life and recognise similarities and differences around the world.
- Expressive arts and design. This area focuses on the variety of ways children express themselves, including drawing and painting, imaginative play and construction.
- In the Early years setting the children have the opportunity to learn through play, which is organised with clear learning intentions. The skilled staff are constantly monitoring and assessing the children as they play and learn whilst developing their understanding of the world.