Wolviston Primary Curriculum
Intent-our vision for our curriculum.
Although we may be a small school, we want our pupils to have big ambitions and high expectations of themselves. We are an outward looking school, with a strong sense of community and we aim to create a curriculum that truly meets the needs of our children. It is our children’s voices that we want to drive and shape that curriculum; a rich, exciting and balanced curriculum, which enables each individual child to develop academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Our curriculum will enable the children to share ideas, express their opinions and apply knowledge and skills learned in a wide range of meaningful contexts. It will offer opportunities for all children to investigate, question, debate and challenge. It will enable all children to flourish and to be the very best they can be.
To support the implementation of our vision we will create:
- A stimulating environment for developing inquisitive, independent and resilient lifelong learners who work hard and strive for excellence
- A culture of working independently and collaboratively, where we see getting something wrong as part of learning how to get it right
- An ethos where all children are encouraged and supported and challenge is fully embraced
- Exciting and challenging opportunities to promote our children’s personal development and understanding of their own emotional and physical wellbeing
- Resilient, inquisitive and independent lifelong learners
We guarantee our curriculum:
- 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
Implementation-how do we achieve this?
At the heart of our curriculum are the core subjects of English, Mathematics & Science.
We also truly value our wider curriculum, covering all other National Curriculum subjects. This wider curriculum is organised into discrete subject specific work taught as ‘stand-alone’ units of learning and ‘cross-curricular’ learning where meaningful links can be made with other subjects that help secure prior learning or develop learning further.
All ‘units’ of learning will have an entry based ‘hook’ to excite and engage the children and ‘purpose’ for study so that learning is meaningful and relevant for them.
Where possible, learning will be supported and enriched by field study, visits, workshops, artefact boxes, role-play and practical resources.
Progression of knowledge, skills and understanding is carefully planned, reviewed and adapted yearly to ensure that children’s learning builds effectively over time to ensure children are ready to meet the expectations of secondary school.
Our teaching practice will be rooted in evidence- based research. Teachers will be self-reflective and will enhance their teaching skills and strategies to help raise standards across the full breadth of the curriculum.
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 curriculum 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 many 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.
Impact for our children.
From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for secondary school.
- They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
- They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
- They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
- They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
- They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society.
In 2019 Wolviston Primary School was awarded the Sports and PE Gold Mark , RRSA Gold Award and Green Trees School Silver award . We are proud to foster values of health, fitness and global responsibility in our citizens for the future.