Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

Our School Vision

We show compassion by helping others.
We value friendship through respect.
We love one another, learning and God’s world.
We show perseverance and courage in all that we do.

Through this: ‘Let your light shine’
Matthew 5:16

In our small rural, church school our vision is to maximise the potential of all learners and encourage them to become responsible global citizens. Based on our Christian and British values we cherish our community and family partnerships, where we celebrate friendship, diversity and inclusion.

Curriculum Intent

The aims and fruits of our curriculum is for children to become:

  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Successful Learners

Our curriculum is deeply embedded in our school vision and Christian Values – they are the roots of our curriculum. We aim to achieve depth and excellence in all that we do. We have three global themes which the curriculum is based around: peace, power and conflict, sustainability and identity, diversity and equity. Through these themes, we will instil knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of subjects (see skills map). When creating our projects we want to encourage communication, creativity, enterprise, aspirations and a sense of community where our actions impact on the wider world.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

Times Tables

Times tables are an essential part of children being confident mathematicians. They will form the basis of much of what they learn in maths right up to (and even beyond) their GCSE courses, such as division, algebra, ratio, percentages and fractions.

Foundation Subjects

Skills Frameworks:

 

All documents on this page are pdf files unless otherwise stated.