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WEST WIVELSHIRE FEDERATION (WWF) CURRICULUM PROVISION:

Our Curriculum prepares children for their future. It equips them with the skills, knowledge and awareness to succeed in their journey through life.

 

Across the WWF we work on a rolling programme for Foundation/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 due to all of the classes across both schools being mixed age. Pupils remain in each class for a minimum of 2 years and so our mixed age curriculum ensures pupils always visit different topics in every year of their schooling. This provides us with the opportunities to be flexible in our approach and really tailor the learning to the pupils every year.

 

The rolling programmes are based on the New 2014 National Curriculum. Each half term, the pupils are introduced to a new topic, under the following themes: My Identity, My heritage, Our Community Present, Our Community Past, Our World Global and Our World Environmental. These themes run through to deepen their understanding and knowledge. Embedding learning powers, enabling children to shape their own pathway, knowing how to be successful learners. We raise questions as we want them to inquisitive and ask their own questions, wondering about life.  

 

Topics will vary over the years, but every year all pupils are taught the appropriate skills for their year group. Class teachers carefully differentiate for each year group and for individual pupil needs.

 

The topics for each term are all cross curricular and we base our curriculum on what pupils want to find out about the topic. This is evidenced in our ‘Wonder walls’.

 

Many of our topics also promote British Values i.e. ‘Two Queens’ and ‘We Will Remember’.

 

In English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, ICT, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE, RE and Music we follow the National Curriculum (see below for approaches to teaching reading, writing, phonics, spelling and maths).

 

Click on the following link to view the new National Curriculum, what needs to be taught and end of year expectations:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

 

Subjects where the National Curriculum is supplemented by other schemes of work:

 

Our R.E schemes of work are based on the Cornwall SACRE Agreed Syllabus while in PSHE we base our curriculum on the SEAL scheme of work, current issues and Thrive practice, supplemented by a rolling programme covering topics such as ‘first aid’ and ‘sex and relationship education’.

 

Approaches to the teaching of reading, writing, phonics/spelling and maths

  • Reading:

    Reading is taught through guided reading where pupils work as part of a group in similar abilities. We assess our pupils’ reading ability through the Primary Framework’s assessment foci. Each pupil will take part in a guided reading session with their teacher once a week and if a teaching assistant is working in a class, the pupils’ will have supplementary guided reading sessions with them.

     

    The texts used in guided reading sessions are always linked to our writing topic. Therefore, pupils are able to identify key features of those texts (e.g. poetry, fiction such as adventure stories, or non-fiction texts such as instructions or autobiographies) and are able to use their understanding of these texts to write their own versions of these text types.

     

    For those pupils needing support with their phonetic awareness, we employ a Code breaker scheme of work.

     

    Targeted pupils are also listened to read on a daily basis.

     

  • Reading schemes:

For our early readers, our reading books are all banded in 16 stages according to National Curriculum levels from purple to dark red. We regularly monitor progress through these stages recording start and finish times in each band.

 

  • Writing

We support pupils in their writing by providing them with a rich range of experiences. These are often what we refer to as ‘Wow’ moments. Trips, visitors and using high quality texts, enable us to provide the pupils with a diverse range of language, building on their current vocabulary.

 

We focus on speaking and listening, built into our weekly Forest School sessions, across topics and planned events, to provide pupils with opportunities to practice using language.

 

These opportunities support writing, which is built around a text per half term. Often, we use a storytelling approach where pupils learn a story, imitate writing it and then produce their own innovations of the story.

  

Built into all literacy topics are word, sentence and grammar/punctuation work.

 

  • Spelling/phonics/grammar

 We predominently use “The Somerset Literacy Scheme’ to teach spellings from. We still use resources such as Letters and Sounds in Key Stage 1 and FS as Appropriate and ‘Read, Write, Inc’ in Key Stage 2.

We supplement these with other ICT based tools such as those from TES/study support and Inspire.

 

 In Foundation/Year 1 pupils receive phonic/spelling based homework activities each week and from Year 2 pupils receive differentiated spellings to learn each week at home.

 

  • Maths

We use Abacus Evolve maths resources to support the planning and teaching of maths. The teaching and learning of maths is also supplemented by a wide variety of other good quality resources to support pupil understanding and engagement.

 

We use Mathletics and Abacus resources amongst others to support homework.

 

From Autumn 2014, we have introduced ‘Target Challenge Time’ which is a 20 minute interval across the school where pupils focus on their individual next steps. Teachers tailor challenges so that pupils can work on achieving their next steps in learning. These challenges range from practicing times tables to improving ascenders in their handwriting and responding to marking in their books. Guided reading forms part of these sessions.

 

Basic Skills sessions have also been introduced from November 2014 in every class timetable. These are small blocks of time, usually 10 minutes where pupils will focus on the basic skills required to meet their end of year expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths.

 

Your child may receive additional ‘interventions’. Further information about such sessions will soon be available under the SEN link.

 

Please find attached the medium term plans for Autumn 1 and 2