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 2018
Nursery are following objective led planning, mini topics based on the children’s interests.
We will begin our topic by watching our ‘living eggs’ hatch! Then this will lead to us exploring life cycles. The topic will also incorporate a visit from Forest School and a trip to Hardwick Park.
Our Topics this term are ‘Towers and Turrets’ and
‘Wriggle and Crawl.’
We will start our topic by looking at bridges and castles in our local area. If you have any photos of where you have visited please send them in. We will research food eaten in Norman times and plan and cook food. In DT we will focus on making moving drawbridges and will take part in a class bridge building challenge.
Our ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic is based on learning about the minibeasts in our local area. We will learn abput lifecycles and bring these to life with our animations and by hatching butterflies.
In Science we will be learning about plants.
In RE we will be learning about Guru Nanak (Sikhism.)
In ICT we will be producing charts and animations.
Our first topic is ‘Burps, Bottom and Bile’
As scientists: We will be investigating the different stages of our digestive system. We will be looking at different types of the teeth and the roles they have and comparing them to other living things. We will be finding out the different roles of organs in digestion and what happens to the food we eat. We will be conducting different investigations linked to our topic too.
As designers: We will be looking at different foods and deciding whether they are healthy or unhealthy. We will then be creating our own healthy recipes and cooking some of them.
Our next topic is ‘Flow’.
As geographers: We will be using different skills to identify natural features on maps from around the world. We will also be looking closely at the features of rivers and in particular the river Tees, tracking its path from source to sea.
As scientists: We will be investigating rocks and soils. We will look into how different rocks are formed and how they can be classified, as well as looking at how fossils and soils are formed. Linked to our topic, we will also focus on the water cycle and the effect of water pollution
This term our topic is ‘World Cup’.
The children will create population maps, identifying the busy centres of the expansive country of Russia. We will be identifying the global distribution of the 32 teams competing at the World cup finals and exploring how longitude, latitude, the equator and the tropics affect the climate of these nations. Finally we will explore the how compass points and grid references work and how these can help us to read maps and explore different locations.
The children will be creating a football shirt representing a team at the world cup. To do this they will be working with a range of different materials and will be learning different methods of stitching. They will also create a collage based around them switching bodies with a famous footballer from the World Cup.
The children will continue to develop their comprehension and grammar skills with weekly practice. The children will also continue to have a weekly spelling test in order to help develop their knowledge of spelling rules for difficult words. In addition, many more writing genres will be explored throughout the World Cup topic, including short stories, biographies and recounts. Please continue to encourage your child to read daily at home. This is a really important part of develop their comprehension skills, as well as broadening their vocabulary
Information on the curriculum – click link below