Wickersley Northfield Primary School

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Wickersley Northfield Primary School

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Curriculum

We use an EPIC Creative Curriculum that has been organised through a ‘topic based’ approach which incorporates key skills. The use of computing, digital thinking and visual and digital literacy are encouraged in all topic areas. Computing skills are also taught with planned opportunities to develop and apply their skills within independent learning activities. Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the EPIC Creative Curriculum. Although links can and should be made with all subjects, the following subjects are also taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:

 

Aims and Objectives

Our curriculum aims to develop caring and responsible citizens who:

  • are secure in their values and beliefs,
  • respect others,
  • recognise responsibilities as a global community and have tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs,
  • have a sense of worth, purpose and personal identity,
  • make informed choices,
  • can handle conflict,
  • have enquiring minds,
  • can communicate well,
  • are able to learn independently and with others,
  • have essential learning skills in literacy, numeracy, science and ICT are creative and resourceful,
  • work co-operatively through an understanding of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty,
  • develop problem solving skills,
  • use, apply and transfer skills to differing situations,
  • are confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives,
  • can relate to others and form good relationships,
  • know how to sustain and improve the environment and take into account the needs of present and future generations when making choices.

We aim to deliver this through:

  • Having six exciting topics each year which establish cross-curricular links so that more time and space is given to in-depth study and for applying literacy, mathematics, science and computing skills throughout these topics.
  • Equipping children with skills for life, through practical work and by developing communication, application of number and information technology.
  • Making learning more meaningful, by putting it into context through working with others to improve own learning and performance and through problem solving.
  • Developing whole school 'theme weeks' e.g. book, science and cultural week, to enhance the curriculum and develop a sense of unity across all year groups.

 

Although links can and should be made with all subjects, the following subjects are also taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:

• Mathematics
• Aspects of Literacy (although the creative curriculum will be used as a vehicle for
writing)
• RE
• PE including Swimming in Year 4 and Cycling in Y5
• MFL (Spanish in Y2, Y3 & Y4 and French currently in Y6)
• Science
• Music
• PSHE

 

Aims and Objectives


Our curriculum aims to develop caring and responsible citizens who:
• are secure in their values and beliefs,
• respect others,
• recognise responsibilities as a global community and have tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs,
• have a sense of worth, purpose and personal identity,
• make informed choices,
• can handle conflict,
• have enquiring minds,
• can communicate well,
• are able to learn independently and with others,
• have essential learning skills in literacy, numeracy, science and ICT are creative and resourceful,
• work co-operatively through an understanding of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty,
• develop problem solving skills,
• use, apply and transfer skills to differing situations,
• are confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives,
• can relate to others and form good relationships,
• know how to sustain and improve the environment and take into account the needs of present and future generations when making choices.

 

 We aim to deliver this through:


• Having six exciting topics each year which establish cross-curricular links so that more time and space is given to in-depth study and for applying literacy, mathematics, science and computing skills throughout these topics.
• Equipping children with skills for life, through practical work and by developing communication, application of number and information technology.
• Making learning more meaningful, by putting it into context through working with others to improve own learning and performance and through problem solving.
• Developing whole school ‘theme weeks’ e.g. book, science and cultural week, to enhance the curriculum and develop a sense of unity across all year groups.

 

Planning and Progression of Skills
The new National Curriculum 2014 and EYFS objectives and key skills are incorporated into our planning.

Inclusion
We value the diversity of individuals within the school. All children have equal access to the curriculum and are treated fairly regardless of race, religion or abilities.

Monitoring and Evaluation and Assessment
Individual subject leaders monitor the effectiveness of their curriculum area. The SLT monitors the progression, continuity and effectiveness of the creative curriculum together with other members of staff.

 

Educational Visits and Residential
We strongly believe in giving children first hand experiences to stimulate their learning and develop their interpersonal skills. Evidence of this can be seen in the outstanding work they produce from educational visits and the lasting
memories they have from these events. Each year group plans for at least three visits per year, linked to their topics, which also incorporates local walks, visitors to engage our children’s interests/curiosity and also enhances and enriches the curriculum we offer.

 

We also think that a residential experience is important to develop personal and social skills including independence, communication and leadership skills. All year 6 pupils have the opportunity to visit Robinwood where they stay for three days. The visit is very well staffed and the children follow a programme of outdoor pursuits and team building exercises.

 

Specialised Education
In extreme cases of learning difficulty, we are able to call upon help from the Learning Support Service, The Speech Therapy Unit, The Hearing and Language Unit, Educational Psychologists and Physiotherapists. These specialised departments support us in creating tailored teaching and learning programmes for pupils experiencing learning difficulties. Our school follows the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) guidelines provided by the Local Authority and support activities are planned by our experienced and fully trained SEND coordinator.

 

Musical instrument teachers from Rotherham Music Service visit school weekly. This gives children the opportunity to learn how to play brass, woodwind or string instruments. In the Autumn Term, Year 4 pupils have a weekly swimming lesson at Maltby Leisure Centre. Transport, admission and tuition are paid for by the school. Pupils in Year 5 & 6 are given the opportunity to participate in a ‘Bikeabilty’ Challenge, to prepare them for cycling on the roads.

 

Out of School Activities
The children have the opportunity to participate in a range of before and afterschool sporting activities, provided by Live and Learn. Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in various sporting leagues and competitions, throughout the year.

Religious Education (RE)
Much of the work in school is based on the Rotherham syllabus. The work in Religious Education is covered in a variety of forms. It maybe incorporated into a broad based theme; a simple religious topic; a straightforward expression of Bible stories or an expression of life within the community of the school, during assembly. Experience within religious education assists children to acquire knowledge and acceptance of varying beliefs and cultural differences. Our aim is to develop a respect for people of different race, colour or creed.

Relationship and Sex Education
This forms part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education Policy (PSHE) and is based around the Rotherham Healthy School’s Policy and scheme of work. It includes raising children’s awareness and understanding of different types of relationships and the physical changes that will be taking place in their bodies.

Environment
We aim to create a stimulating and exciting environment by displaying and celebrating work that the children produce.

Y6 Pupils Investigating Evacuees at Kelham Island
Y6 Pupils Investigating Evacuees at Kelham Island
Pupils in Foundation Stage One Investigating Melting and Cooling
Pupils in Foundation Stage One Investigating Melting and Cooling
A Visit from Tony Foulds who Judged the Winners of the Year 6 Air Raid Shelter Competition
A Visit from Tony Foulds who Judged the Winners of the Year 6 Air Raid Shelter Competition
Year 6 Pupils Taking a Look at the Grand Slam Bomb at Kelham Island
Year 6 Pupils Taking a Look at the Grand Slam Bomb at Kelham Island
Year 5 Pupils Making Mummies as Part of their Mr Egypt Day
Year 5 Pupils Making Mummies as Part of their Mr Egypt Day
Year 6 Pupils on an Important Quest at Robinwood
Year 6 Pupils on an Important Quest at Robinwood
Our Pupils Enjoying World Book Day Wearing their Pyjamas
Our Pupils Enjoying World Book Day Wearing their Pyjamas