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Curriculum Implementation and Outcomes

At Woodmansterne Primary School, we aim to achieve a broad, rich, creative curriculum with high expectations of progress and achievement that enables all our children to aim high, take risks and fulfil their potential.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning through engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across subjects.

Click below to learn more about the variety of resources and strategies we use to engage pupils in learning.

Early Years Outcomes

The Early Years Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

All children learn through play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both inside the classroom and outdoors. At Woodmansterne, we have a newly refurbished outdoor area for the children to play in and explore. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and plan for the next steps in their learning.

Within the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, they identify three “Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning”; these characteristics encompass children from birth to the end of the reception year and children will demonstrate them in different ways depending on their developmental level.

We foster strong links between school and home, encouraging parents to tell us about children's achievements outside of school, so that we can share in these. During the academic year we hold workshops and parent meetings to keep parents informed of teaching strategies and ways in which you can support your child at home.

Click here for more information about the EYFS Framework.

National Curriculum Statutory Guidance

Maths

Our maths curriculum is designed to provide children with the skills and confidence that they need to be successful mathematicians, at school and beyond. Not only is our aim that every child will develop a deep understanding of maths skills, but we also want our pupils to be confident, inquisitive mathematicians with a love of the subject.

The teaching of maths is built on three principle areas: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Fluency is about ensuring that the children have the key mental maths and arithmetic skills – they need quick recall of key facts such as times tables and a solid understanding of written methods for all four operations (appropriate to their age). Reasoning is essentially mathematical thinking, explaining how they have found an answer and how they know that their answer is right.

Our maths lessons follow the expectations set out in the National Curriculum and the strategies taught in each year group is defined in our Calculation Policy. We follow a mastery curriculum, which means that rather than a short focus on each skill, repeated each term, we teach each concept in a ‘block’ which ensures a deeper understanding. Of course, these skills are naturally revisited through other areas of maths, as good maths learning is all about making connections. At WPS, our pupils ‘self-select’ their own level of challenge during maths lessons which allows them to take ownership of their learning and stretch and broaden their thinking. It has proven to be a very successful strategy and the children have grown in both confidence and independence, taking responsibility for their own learning.

We have created a number of Maths tutorial videos, they are available to watch here.

 

English

At Woodmansterne, writing is taught through a journey. This enables children to learn, apply and embed key skills suited to a particular genre or purpose. This leads to enhanced outcomes for the children. WPS aims to enable pupils to write accurately and coherently, adapting their style and language to a range of contexts, purposes and audiences whilst developing their creativity and imagination. Our teachers promote the development of a growing vocabulary and will provide a rich and stimulating language environment.

At WPS, we use Pobble, which is an educational platform designed to improve children’s writing. At the end of each piece of writing, your child’s teacher will select some pupils to become ‘published’ authors’. Their work will be published on Pobble and shared with both the school community and parents at home.

 

Science

Science is the way that we understand the world around us - from our own human bodies, to the wonders of the universe. At WPS, we want our pupils to gain all the necessary skills and knowledge in science, but we also want them to be curious and excited about the wider world.

Our Science lessons encourage pupils to acquire knowledge and skills through questioning the world around them and by carrying out carefully planned experiments in order to discover facts for themselves. Through such experiments, they learn the practical skills of science. They also consider elements such as fair testing and how to draw conclusions from data. Science lessons also provide valuable links to the mathematics curriculum, such as reading and creating graphs and scales.

Cornerstones Curriculum 

Here at Woodmansterne we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.

Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

Values Based Learning 

We are very proud of our school and its values. At Woodmansterne, we see our role as facilitators 'Growing Learners for Life'. Click here to learn more about our school values.

Outdoor Learning    

Woodmansterne Primary School offers outdoor learning opportunities for children across the school that fully utilise our unrivalled outdoor facilities to enhance learning. Children will be provided with a broad, rich curriculum that allows them to develop into pupils who love the challenge of learning and are resilient to failure.

Click here to find out more about Outdoor Learning at Woodmansterne.

WOW Days and Enrichment Weeks     

At WPS, we are constantly striving to create engaging and exciting opportunities for children. Experiences which create the WOW factor – stimulating, inspiring and challenging – so the children develop a joy of learning and can’t wait to learn more. Throughout the course of the year, we also offer a number of themed weeks where the pupils engage in a range of whole school themed activities such as; Sports Week, Science Week, History Week, Book Week, etc.

Each term, whether it is to start or finish a topic, we offer the children the chance to take part in a range of fun and engaging WOW Days. These special days immediately captivate the children, bring learning to life and create a fun and exciting atmosphere at school which encourages learning. The children have the chance to participate in a range of different topic-based activities for example; day trips, dressing up days, visiting workshops, scientific experiments, theatre company productions and historical activities.

Times Tables Challenge and Mathletics   

Woodmansterne Times Table Challenge

As a school we know that children with a secure gasp of their time tables are better able to tackle multi-step problems and can manipulate numbers more confidently and quickly.  We want to ensure that all our children have these secure basic skills which are the gateway to higher level mathematics. To support their learning of times tables, all children in years 3, 4, 5 & 6 take part in the Times Tables Challenge, with Year 2 being introduced to this in the summer term.

To begin the challenge, every child is assessed by their class teacher using a baseline assessment. This will ensure children are placed on the correct level appropriate to their ability.

To achieve the award and progress onto the next level, each child needs to complete a timed test, which will be given once a week, and achieve the pass mark on each of three tests. There are three levels of test which vary in difficulty. All three tests will need to be completed before the award is achieved. After each test has been completed for each of the times tables within the award, a final test will show whether the child confidently knows all tables needed to achieve it, as well as being able to recall the inverse of these times tables facts. 

Click below to download practise tests:

BLUE              2x, 5x, 10x

BRONZE         3x, 4x, 8x

SILVER           6x, 7x, 9x

GOLD             11x, 12x

PLATINUM      All tables

Tests are timed to ensure children are using mental calculation rather than working it out with support/counting on. Children have 3 minutes to complete their test.

Some children may be able to complete the questions outside of the time limit but may be dependent on using their fingers for repeated addition. In order to achieve their award, we want children to have a rapid, confident recall of their times table.

Once the award has been achieved, children will earn a certificate and a badge to wear on their school uniform. We want all children to succeed at their Times Table Challenge.  We will continue to use daily counting within class to help children practise their times tables and we encourage them to practise them at home.  Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

At WPS, we use Mathletics, an online platform which aims to improve maths skills through fun activities linked to the National Curriculum. Mathletics provides individual learning for pupils to complete activities at their own pace and can be adjusted for differing abilities. This is set as weekly homework for all children in Year 1 – 6 and each child has a unique log in. ‘Live Mathletics’ allows children to improve their metal maths skills by answering questions against the clock, whilst competing against other children from around the world. Children can also invite their friends at school to compete against them too.

Phonics and Spelling Shed 

At WPS, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc.’ to support the Key Stage 1 children’s reading, writing and spelling skills.

Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending the sounds together to read and write words. Read Write Inc. starts with a simple code so children can achieve early success in their reading and writing. The programme is designed to stimulate and challenge thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers. Children work with a teacher, or a teaching assistant, in small groups for four Read Write Inc. sessions each week.  During each lesson, the teacher will focus on some key sounds, using them to explore spelling patterns and develop spelling skills.

At WPS, we use Spelling Shed, an online platform which aims to improve spelling skills through fun activities linked to the National Curriculum. Spelling Shed provides individual learning for pupils to complete activities at their own pace and can be adjusted for differing abilities. This is set as weekly homework and each child has a unique log in.

Spelling Shed includes:

  • A whole-school spelling scheme, giving 100% coverage of the National Curriculum.
  • An online game, which gives access to the platform on all current desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices.
  • The ability to set and monitor homework assignments for e.g. weekly spelling lists.
  • Whole-class Hive games that allow all pupils to play alongside each other in class.

 

Spelling Homework for Years 1-6 for each half term can be found on the relevant Year Group page.

A glossary of terms used in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in Primary Schools can be found here.

Ladybird words for Reception pupils can be found here.

Reading

The main scheme used is the Oxford Reading Tree which correlates with the Read, Write Inc programme and is organised into coloured bands. 

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, the pupil takes a short online quiz called Star Reading to measure how much of the book they understood. Star Reading is an online test used to measure your child’s reading level. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes around 20 minutes. AR is being rolled out in KS2 at Woodmansterne over the next term.

RE and PSHCE

Religious Education, at WPS, gives children a unique opportunity to reflect upon and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them. World and local events reported through the media engage the curiosity of all children and cause them to question how such events can happen. Effective Religious Education has much to offer our children as they prepare for life in this rapidly changing world, where critical thinking will be ever more important and valuable.

Click here to access 'The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools for 2017-2022'.

PSHCE education enables children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, whilst preparing for life and work in the wider world.  Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral element of the PSHCE and Science curriculum beginning in Year 1 with topics such as ‘Relationships with others’ and ‘Me and my body’. At WPS, we use the 'Christopher Winter Project' scheme of work to build on the knowledge and understanding acquired by the children as they progress through the school. In KS2, children will begin to learn about the life cycle of humans and will be introduced to puberty, reproduction and birth. Parents of children in Year 4, 5 and 6 are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the upcoming unit of work, where the learning objectives and resource will be shared, prior to the lesson.

Music 

At WPS, our music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances. We encourage children to focus on the work of great musicians, as well as modern artists, for inspiration and exploration, and to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own compositions.  

We have a specialist music teacher who works with all classes across the school over the course of the school year, as well as; running our school choir, offering two after school clubs and supporting our teachers in producing the Christmas and end of year productions.