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Wooburn Green Primary School

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Curriculum Overview

Intent

 

At Wooburn Green Primary School our aim is to provide a wide range of high-quality learning experiences and opportunities to enable our children to develop as confident and successful learners, who have the values, behaviours and attitudes to equip them for successful futures and the next stage in their education. The development of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is at the core of our curriculum and we have a determined focus to support the development of the whole child so that our pupils are ready academically, socially and emotionally for life in modern Britain.

 

At Wooburn Green Primary School, the curriculum is underpinned by our six school values: respect, kindness, positivity, perseverance, community spirit and compassion and our belief that we are ‘growing learners for the future’ as well as our Trust drivers ‘metacognition, oracy and well-being’. We provide rich, purposeful and inspiring opportunities to engage the children in their learning and the learning journeys in all areas of the curriculum build towards a high quality and authentic outcome. It is our passionate belief that the children at Wooburn Green Primary School develop a love of learning in all aspects of the curriculum and ultimately get to know more and remember more.

 

Mental health and wellbeing are prioritised within the curriculum and within the culture at Wooburn Green Primary School, enabling pupils to develop the skills of how to manage and support their mental health and wellbeing. Our curriculum celebrates diversity, utilises learning opportunities to promote and develop pupils’ cultural capital and aspires to address disadvantage and close the gap.

 

Our curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure there is a clear and cohesive coverage of knowledge and skills as well as providing opportunities to develop our pupils’ communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills, for example through our Forest School provision. Subject knowledge and skills are mapped out from Year 1 to Year 6 and ensure that children are taught age-appropriate concepts and knowledge and skills are built upon year on year, ensuring academic success.

 

Implementation:

Our curriculum is carefully planned and maps out the required knowledge and skills for each subject from Reception to Year 6 to ensure we have a progressive curriculum and clear coverage of each subject area. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum as starting points for all subjects and carefully plan our curriculum to ensure smooth transitions between different key stages so that our pupils are prepared for the next stage in their eduction. We ensure learning is purposeful by making links within our curriculum and providing meaningful contexts for children to learn from. Trips and learning experiences are carefully planned in order to enhance the curriculum and our WG ‘bucket list’ further underpins our curriculum.

 

All subjects have a clear intent statement as well as long term and medium-term planning, which identifies learning objectives, skills and authentic outcomes. We adapt short term planning to respond to the children’s needs, questions and understanding of the curriculum, both at an individual and whole class level. We use a ‘cold task’ to identify prior knowledge and to support the teaching and learning process and our learning journeys enable children to build their knowledge and skills towards a high quality authentic outcome or 'hot task'.

 

We have structured timetables and expectations in place for daily lessons in Phonics, Reading, English and Maths. There are equally clear expectations set for our topic curriculum, PSHCE, PE, Science, Computing, RE, Music and MFL lessons and Forest School sessions are carefully timetabled to ensure all children from Early Years to Year 6 have the opportunity to experience Forest School each year, which ensures a broad and balanced curriculum.

Impact

 

At Wooburn Green Primary School we aim for all of our pupils to achieve their maximum potential, both academically and as well-rounded individuals. All of the subjects in our curriculum have clear end points so that staff have a clear understanding of the expectations for each subject by the end of each term and each academic year.

 

During their time with us, our children make good progress in all parts of the curriculum. In core subjects, our Key Stage Two outcomes demonstrate that our children achieve broadly in line with national averages and are on a consistent upward trend. Our non-core assessments, learning books and authentic outcomes show that pupils achieve well in non-core subjects. As a result, the majority of our pupils are prepared and ready for the next stage in their education when they move on to secondary school.

 

Our curriculum is enjoyed by the pupils at Wooburn Green Primary School and ensures that they know more and remember more.

 

Our pupils say…

 

 ‘Our teachers are really fun and always expect me to do my best. I always work hard and really like to try and get onto the fiery tasks in maths. They can be really challenging but I use the learning pit to help me.’

 

‘I love topic lessons! I like learning about how life was different in the past and what they did in Roman times. I enjoyed learning about the formations in battles.’

 

 ‘I love going to Forest School and working on group tasks with my friends.  My favourite lesson was when we made poppy art and when we built a fire and got to toast marshmallows!’

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