School Curriculum

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 braod, 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 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.


How it Works?


Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:

Class Topics Summer 2017 

Nursery are following objective led planning, mini topics based on the children’s interests.

Class 1:


This term our topics is ‘Marvellous Me!’
We will talk about ourselves and families, where we live and our favourite things! We will share some belongings of our own interests and learn about each other’s family traditions. This will let us learn lots about each other in our first term at school.

We will then investigate our bodies, looking at our different senses and why it is important to eat healthy and exercise.

We will then be looking at various occasions that happen in the year and the way in which we celebrate them; exploring the food, music and events that suit each celebration

Class 2:

Our Topics this term are ‘Street Detectives’ and ‘Superheroes’.

As Historians 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.

As Artists we will learn about the artist L.S.Lowry and will create our own pictures in his style.

As Scientists we will be learning about the uses of everyday materials. We will also explore seasonal changes.

As Musicians we will celebrate Harvest and Christmas and join in with school productions.

In RE we will be learning about the celebrations of Diwali and Christmas.

In ICT we will be creating and illustrating e-books.


Class 3:

As historians:

We will look closely at Roman Britain, how they lived, their different settlements and monuments.

As geographers:

We will compare the physical and human features of Britain and Italy and using our map skills to look at the vastness of the Roman Empire.

As artists:

We will be creating Roman style mosaics using tiles.  We will be using digital software to create images, looking closely at different styles of graffiti and using digital photography.

As writers:

We will write a profile of the Iceni queen Boudicca; create reports about Roman inventions; write stories based in familiar settings; our poetry will focus on creating imagery; we will look at fables and work on recounts.


Class 4:

As Historians: we will develop our knowledge of historical events and significant figures using different historical sources. This will help us to investigate the Tudors in our ‘Off with her head’ topic. What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad? It’s your turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known!

As Geographers: during the second half term, we will take a trip to the planet’s coldest lands in our ‘Frozen Kingdom’ topic… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. We will learn map skills to identify Polar Regions and we will begin to understand differences in human and physical Geography.

As Artists and Designers: we will be focusing on Tudor portraits and silhouettes. The children will also have the opportunity to create some authentic Tudor recipes.

As Writers: we will step into the shoes of Anne Boleyn during her time locked in the Tower of London. What will she say to Henry VIII in her final letter? We will also become expert diary writers as we describe Roald Amundsen’s experiences in some of the Earth’s most hostile environments. There will be a spelling test every Wednesday and for English homework, the children will receive SPAG one week and a comprehension the next. Many thanks, in advance, for any help you can provide your child with these important activities.

Information on the curriculum – click link below


Curriculum Map KS2

Curriculum Map KS1