At Wolviston we have a wide and varied curriculum. We make every effort to expand our children’s experiences through exciting topics and teaching. Every topic has a ‘WOW’ moment which encourages the children to experience something different. This could be a school trip or a visitor in connection with the class topic.
We guarantee our curriculum :
- underpinned by aims, values and purpose
- develops the whole child- knowledge,skills,understanding and attitudes
- is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skill
- is filled with rich first -hand purposeful experiences
- is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests
- embeds the principle of a Unicef Rights Respecting School
- ensures children are fully equipped for their future challenges
- encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom
- allows children to explore current issues making meaningful links across the curriculum
- has a local, national and international dimension preparing children for life in modern Britain
The curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all teaching staff. It is regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with the School Improvement Plan, recommendations from Ofsted (Inspection 2014) and following consultation with Governors and teaching staff. We use the ‘Essentials Curriculum’ from Chris Quigley and Cornerstones to supplement the delivery of our curriculum in school.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a coherent, skills and knowledge-based primary curriculum with a creative edge. It’s rooted in a proven pedagogy based on how children learn best. At its heart is the principle that every child deserves a rich, fun, engaging and broad learning experience. The curriculum nurtures engagement, curiosity and innovation, brings learning to life in meaningful ways, and really makes an impact.
Imaginative Learning Projects
The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on more than 80 Imaginative Learning Projects giving a choice of nine per year group. We call these ILPs. Each ILP has an overarching theme linked to a national curriculum subject. In addition to the main subject focus, each ILP makes meaningful links across a range of subjects and covers multiple aspects of the national curriculum. Lessons are organised in a weekly series and link national curriculum programmes of study (the knowledge bit) and age-related skills (the skills bit).
At Wolviston Primary we design our curriulum by choosing ILPs that we feel meet our pupils’ needs and curriculum principles. After choosing which and how many ILPs to do, we check our national curriculum coverage using the online coverage checker.
Subject depth and progression
Each project is closely linked to the knowledge and skills outlined in the national curriculum. Key concepts are learnt and built upon across year groups, ensuring subject depth, coherence and progression. Due to the structure of the Cornerstones Curriculum, children are given ample opportunities to embed knowledge and master new skills in a range of contexts.
Keeping it broad and balanced
While literacy is at the heart of each ILP, each project makes meaningful links across the curriculum, maximising opportunities to apply and build on subject knowledge and wider skills. At Wolviston Primary we also use Kent Scheme of Work for Primary Science. In accordance with the guidance in the National Curriculum, this scheme has clearly indicated a progression in the key scientific knowledge and concepts, from Year1 to Year 6. Each of the 28 units of study clearly indicates the aspects of knowledge to be developed. Where appropriate, the unit will indicate the ‘learning journey’; i.e.where the knowledge and concepts of that particular unit fit within the learning for that particular aspect of science as the child progresses through the primary phase.
Class Topics Autumn 2019
EY are following objective led planning, mini topics based on the children’s interests.
Our Topics this term are ‘Street Detectives’ and ‘Superheroes’.
We will explore how Wolviston village today has changed from life in the past. We will bring the past to life by visiting Beamish Museum where we will take part in a lesson in the school. We will learn about the artist L.S.Lowry and will create our own pictures in his style.
In Science we will be learning about the uses of everyday materials. We will also explore seasonal changes.
In RE we will be learning about Nature and God and Christmas.
In ICT we will be creating and illustrating e-books.
We will celebrate Harvest and Christmas and join in with school productions.
The children will take part in daily phonics lessons. We will be using adjectives in our descriptive writing and will write a recount of our school trip to Beamish. We will write our own diary based in 1913.
We will learn about rhyming words and will write our own rhymes. Our e-books will be based on traditional stories.
As historians: Our I am Warrior topic concentrates on Roman Britain, we will be looking at the Roman way of life, where they came from and why they invaded Britain. We will learn about inventions from Roman times and see if any are still around today. We will also be looking at the people who lived in Britain before the Romans invaded and how their lives were changed after AD43.
As geographers: We will be comparing Italy and Britain, looking at the physical geographical features and modern human features in the two countries. We will also be tracking the growth of the Roman Empire across the world.
In D&T: We will be working together in the Great Bread Bake Off, following recipes to create different types of bread. We will be judging our creations and deciding upon a favourite.
As scientists: We will be investigating sounds, looking at how they are made, how they travel and how they can be changed. As part of our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic, we will be focusing on the digestive system. We will be looking at the different organs involved and the role they have to play in the process of digestion. We will be also be acting out different parts of the process.
As writers: We will be writing about the famous Celtic queen, Boudicca of the Iceni tribe, describing her and writing about her life. Following our work Roman inventions, we will be writing reports about them, focusing on the features of non-fiction writing. Alongside our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic, we will be writing explanations about how our digestive system works. We will also be creating our own poems and stories.
As Historians: For the first half term our topic will be ‘Firedamp and Davey lamps’, looking at the British mining industry. How did it feel to work in a coal mine? How has the coal mining industry changed over the years and does it have a future? All will be revealed as the children explore the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK. This learning will be supplemented with a trip to Beamish, where the children will get to experience the mining process.
Our topic for the second half term will be ‘Scream Machine’. This will involve learning about the science behind roller coasters and having a go at creating a working model. Ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster! For every new topic, the children will be given a menu of homework opportunities. The more they complete during the half term, the more wolf tickets they are rewarded with.
As Artists and Designers: we will be focusing on the Pitmen Painters and silhouettes. The children will also engineer structures that support marbles as part of our scream machine topic after half term.
As Writers: We will step into the shoes of Children working in Victorian Coal mines. What were the conditions like in the mines and why were children forced to work? These ideas will be reported in diary entries and letters. Furthermore, the children will cover genres such as persuasive leaflets and explanations as we discover the wonders of theme parks and roller coasters after half term.
As Scientists: we will be exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon in relation to the solar system. How are day and night formed? After half term we will be investigating different forces such as friction and gravity.
Information on the curriculum – click link below