At Waltham-on-the-Wolds CE Primary School we believe in making all learning purposeful and meaningful. We do this by teaching the national curriculum and personal excellence curriculum through the use of projects for the art and design, geography, history and computing. We also make links, where possible to English, maths and science.
Projects allow teachers to create lessons and activities that leads to a high quality end product that is exhibited to an authentic audience. Projects are designed and planned to cover all aspects of the national curriculum whilst at the same time providing a rich, real life learning experience. This way of learning allows our students to develop their own self-confidence, independence and creativity, as well as develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school. Children are at the centre of all learning and we are proud to work with them and their parents to help them achieve their full potential.
- Autumn Term 1: Art
- Autumn Term 2: History
- Spring Term 1: Geography
- Spring Term 2: Computing
- Summer Term 1: DT
- Summer Term 2: Music and Drama
To support learning further, we have specialist Spanish and music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance. RE and PSHCE are also taught discreetly.
If you would like to know more information about the curriculum, please contact the school office or visit the National Curriculum page (external link) on the Government's website.
We take a project-based learning approach to teaching and learning here at Waltham. This is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together with a real-life purpose and a real-life outcome where children develop essential skills for life in all areas.
It allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented.
It allows English to grow progressively, and children have a real purpose for writing which inspires and motivates them.
It guides connected ideas to follow on easily.
The result of working the project-based learning approach is that children:
- Will have fun;
- Will be more actively involved;
- Will develop learning skills more quickly, as each one is connected to and reinforced by the other;
- Will be more confident and motivated.
Throughout all projects, children are taught skills in art, design and technology, science and ICT. RE can be integrated into topic areas as well as following the RE scheme of work, PSCHE are also developed discretely and throughout each day. As a school we ensure throughout the time in each key stage the children are taught every aspect of the curriculum and build on the knowledge and skills of previous years.
- Project-Based Learning Overview - 2017/18 (pdf)
These documents explain the suggested objectives for the subjects for Years 1 to 6:
- Reading Objectives (pdf)
- Writing Objectives (pdf)
- Mathematics Objectives (pdf)
- Science Objectives (pdf)
In Reception and Year 1, we use the Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of phonics, reading and writing. Find out more information in the documents below:
In Year 2 to Year 6 we use the Read Write Inc Get Spelling Programme. Both these programmes are comprehensive and ensure children learn the sounds, spelling rules and patterns appropriate to their ability and age.
Find out more information on the Read Write Inc website (external link).
We have a wide range of books that support children to learn to read. The books are carefully matched to the children’s reading ability and interests. We also have a small but well-stocked library where the children can borrow books to enjoy and read at home as well as in school.
As part of our literacy curriculum, each class undertakes a novel study each half term where they dig deeper into a novel to find hidden meanings and to be transported into the world of that novel. This allows the children’s imagination to go wild as all there writing tasks revolve around that particular novel.
Visit the Oxford Owl website (external link) which has over 100 free ebooks for you to enjoy with your child.
- Complex Sound Chart (pdf) - the chart is used in the classroom to help decide which sound to use in their spelling; this resources can be used at home too.
- Presentation from Parent SP&G Workshop - January 2017 (pdf)
- Stories for Story Time (pdf)
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
To help develop children's fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts each half term. Children should aim to practise their KIRFs at least 3 times a week:
All documents on this page are pdf files unless otherwise stated.