At Warren Wood Primary School we provide the children with a rich, broad and creative curriculum where they can be successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve. Teachers take a pride in ensuring that all our children are challenged and achieve their full potential. We take a thematic approach to the curriculum encompassing skills and knowledge through investigations, creative arts, enquiry based learning, as well as English and Maths. Each year, we ensure to change the topics covered in order to keep our curriculum fresh and interesting. Our creative curriculum is also enhanced by visits, visitors and special events throughout the year.
Our seven steps to being a happy learner
At Warren Wood, we believe that if a child is happy in their experiences of the world, that they will become a successful learner. Our shared ethos as a school are these seven steps which we believe are fundamental to creating happy, successful learners. These are our seven steps to happiness!
Our curriculum has evolved and developed in a variety of ways over the last few years.
As a staff, we have committed staff INSET training time to sharing and shaping our ethos to find the key aspects that we feel will prepare our pupils for the 21st Century world in which they are growing up in.
Collectively, we have decided that our core values for teachers and learners to feel are as follows:
Children’s interest is fuelled by their naturally inquisitive natures. They will take ideas from a ‘hook’ presented to them and part of the fun of teaching is seeing where the children take their learning.
Resilience is a core value that we build in our pupils. We ensure that they are happy and committed to their learning, taking risks and knowing that making mistakes is part of learning and part of life. We firmly believe that pupils will develop a strong sense of independence through sharing collaborative experiences with their peers.
They will develop their own views, a sense of identity and opinions and will become ambitious in their delivery of this in the pursuit of successful high attainment and progress, relative to their starting points.
This will allow children to develop confidence in their own abilities and it is our intention that, as a result of this, they will deliver this in a responsible way in which they can be proud of themselves and their achievements.
Please click on the link below for the statutory National Curriculum framework which includes the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects for key Stage 1 and 2.
Through a cross-curricular approach, English is taught daily to all children in the form of an English lesson, handwriting, phonics or spelling sessions and guided reading. Teachers’ planning provides each class with meaningful, purposeful opportunities for writing. A variety of genres of writing are taught linked to the book or topic being studied. All children are given opportunities to use and apply the skills and knowledge learnt during these sessions in their topic learning. Grammar is embedded in all literacy lessons to enable children to apply it in meaningful contexts.
Phonics are taught daily in Reception and in Key Stage 1, following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, to enhance the teaching of reading and spelling. The children take part in many different games and activities to practise the different sounds, having opportunities to practise reading and writing new and key words. Children in Year 1 take part in the National Phonics Screening. During the check we assess children’s ability to use their phonics knowledge to decode unknown words. In Key Stage 2, children have daily spelling and grammar lessons in line with the National Curriculum 2014 requirements. As part of their weekly homework, children have spellings linked to the spelling lists from the curriculum and the spelling rules taught during these daily lessons.
Please click on the link below for the Letters and Sounds programme.
Guided reading is taught across school. In the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1, guided reading sessions happen in small groups during the week. In Key Stage 2, reading groups take place during whole class guided reading sessions. Guided reading sessions work on a carousel of activities. Throughout the week, in addition to the guided reading sessions, children take part in comprehension and grammar tasks. They also have opportunities to read independently for pleasure. We follow our own banded system for reading and offers the children a wide range of genres to choose from, as well as a variety of reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats and Phonics Bug Club to cater for all the children’s needs and interests.
Maths is taught in line with the National Curriculum expectations. It aims for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including using and applying knowledge and skills through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Maths lessons at school also encourage children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Children are given chances to solve problems by applying their mathematics in a range of situations. Links to the topic themes are made during maths lessons wherever possible.
TOPIC BASED CURRICULUM
Our topic based curriculum ensures children have stimulating experiences throughout the academic year including educational trips and incorporating learning outside of the classroom that support their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. The topics and themes covered each year encompasses all the National Curriculum subjects including the Humanities, Science, Art, DT, Music, RE and Computing. We ensure to make the curriculum more exciting by making explicit cross-curricular links across all areas of the curriculum.
All the children at Warren Wood have two sessions of curriculum PE and sport each week, and these are taught by a combination of school staff and specialist sport coaches. These sessions involve a range of dance, gymnastics, ball and team skills/games. Sport coaches from JWC Sports cover our outdoor PE timetable and have been working with many of the local primary schools. Our Infant children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) do outdoor PE on a Wednesday afternoon and our Junior children (Year 3, 4, 5, and 6) do outdoor PE on a Friday afternoon.
Pupils in Year 3 and 4 also go swimming once a week as part of the National Curriculum. Warren Wood is a healthy school and we believe that children should be educated on how to stay safe and healthy inside and outside of school. This is embedded into our curriculum and school life throughout the year.
The children are also given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra curricular and competitive sporting activities at school.
At Warren Wood we provide homework which helps children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills and provides parents with an opportunity to take part in their child’s education. In addition, the children are encouraged to practise their reading on a daily basis.
Still Want To Know More?
If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please click on the relevant year group page or speak to your child’s class teacher. We are always happy to help!