Children are taught number and calculation, shape and space and data handling skills. Much of our numeracy teaching takes a practical and problem solving approach and the children discover how maths surrounds them in everyday life. Teaching and Learning provides opportunities for daily arithmetic ensuring learning is continually revisited, so pupils have strong foundations in fundamental Mathematical skills.
Literacy is a skill for life and its value can be seen throughout the curriculum as well as in daily lessons. We encourage a love of reading and surround the children with an excellent variety of books both in the classroom and in the well stocked library. Our Creative Curriculum ensureswriting skills are developed through all subjects. All children take part in a school performance each year and we run poetry and debating events to help build the children’s confidence in speaking & listening which are enjoyed by all.
Key Stage 1 Reading & Writing Schemes
EYFS Reading – Dandelion Readers, PIRA Reading Test Autumn & Summer Writing – No set writing scheme
Years 1 & 2 Reading – Dandelion Readers Schemes – this is a progressive phonic reading scheme using coloured levels following Book Bands classification. (Levelled) Guided
Rigby Star PIRA Reading Assessment Autumn/Spring/Summer.
Years 1 & 2 Writing – ‘Success for Writing’ & The National Curriculum expectations are used to assess writing.
In history pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past allowing them to enjoy all that history has to offer. Through the use of a variety of research, artefacts and school trips, pupils gain a deep understanding of significant events in British and World history. Children learn to challenge evidence and it’s reliability. They also understand how knowing about the past can impact the future!
Geography at our school is challenging, motivational, topical and fun. In our diverse society children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and different cultures by studying topics that include features of human geography. Geography teaches an understanding of place and environment. Children start by exploring through fieldwork their own environment and then go on to compare to other regions/countries in the UK and then build up to studying the rest of the world. Our geographical learning also motivates children to find out about the physical world and we encourage our children through carefully planned lessons to recognise their part of ensuring a sustainable development for the future at a local, regional and global level. To enable our children to learn, we develop the skills of research, investigation and problem solving. Children will acquire a variety of other skills relating to geography for eg. How to use, draw and interpret maps. We value the role of geography in nurturing inquisitive explorers of the future and to foster a desire to be excellent global citizens.
At Winterslow, we understand that communication is a key skill for life. Learning a foreign language is a way to open up our pupils’ understanding of the world. It should allow pupils to develop their curiosity and equip children for a future in a globally connected workplace. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.
Music helps children learn across subjects and can help to build social and cultural values, too. The aim in classes is to develop the child’s aesthetic judgement of different types of music. Children also acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to make music. It is well recognised that music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.
As a Church of England school our values and rules are rooted in our distinctive Christian ethos. Our RE sessions encourage children to ask and answer questions which develop their understanding about Christianity. Opportunities are then given to apply their ideas and questions to other World Faiths. Alongside RE, our daily Collective Worship is led by a range of community members. The voluntary organisation Open the Book, a representative from the Church, A member of the Senior Leadership Team and Class Teachers all play a part in delivering our Whole School Worships.
We believe that promoting the health and well-being of all our pupils is an integral part of their overall education and will enable the children to become healthy, responsible and independent members of our society. At Winterslow Primary School, we take pride in our nurturing and supportive ethos, where we endeavour to ensure each and every pupil and member of staff is valued and feels safe. Our PSHE curriculum encompasses our school’s Christian principles of trust, thankfulness, responsibility and passion, preparing our pupils to make safe and informed decisions during their school years and beyond.
Developing visual literacy is a vital part of the Primary Curriculum, it provides a means of expression for all children. Art stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials and stimuli; whether it be the study of a famous artist, a historical period or maybe even a poem. Art is an effective cross curricular tool adding to children’s understanding and depth knowledge in other areas of their learning. Art allows our children to develop themselves as individuals and find another channel for expression.
Design Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of Design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.
At Winterslow Primary School, we aim to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the importance of keeping fit and healthy. To enable this we have designed a curriculum which inspires and challenges children with a range of different learning opportunities. We raise participation rates and support children of all abilities to reach their potential and find a sporting activities they enjoy. Alongside this, we aim to improve the confidence and competence of all staff for them to facilitate learning and to enable them to provide high quality teaching to all pupils across the school. We ensure children are active throughout the school day and create strong links with local clubs to develop and foster extracurricular learning. It is our aim to provide the children with positive role models and support positive wellbeing to help them in everything they do.