Curriculum

At Waltham-on-the-Wolds we strive to give our children an outstanding broad, balanced and fun curriculum. We plan whole school topics incorporating all subjects. We aim to have a launch event to inspire and motivate the children about the new topic then, as a finale, we have a celebration of what the children have learnt throughout the term. We share work in special assemblies and invite parents in to see work as well as to attend Workshops to raise awareness and develop understanding further.

We ensure that the children cover all the aspects of the curriculum over the key stage through careful planning, assessment and monitoring; a lot of this is done collaboratively to ensure consistency throughout the school.

To ensure all children at Waltham have high quality first class teaching in all areas of the curriculum our teachers receive regular training and attend network meetings to keep them fully up-to-date with current events. To support learning further, we have Spanish and music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance.

Our classroom displays reflect the learning taking place each term and we try to organise trips and visitors to school to enhance learning further.

Our children tell us what topics they would like to learn about and we organise our plans around them. 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.

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.

Read more: Overview of the Primary Curriculum (pdf)

How We Deliver the Curriculum - Our Project-Based Learning Approach

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.

Key Objectives

These documents explain the suggested objectives for the subjects for Years 1 to 6:

Reading, Spelling and Phonics

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, by following the links below:

Reading/Novel Studies

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.

Also see:

Mathematics

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:

Mental Maths Challenge

Year 1/2:

Year 3/4:

Year 5/6:

All Mental Maths Challenge documents are in pdf format.