Our whole school curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of our children and to reflect the community and world that we live in. Using the National Curriculum 2014 Progression Guidance as a starting point, we have considered our locality, our school vision, core values and key drivers to design a curriculum that engages, interests and builds fundamental knowledge for our pupils.
Our school is…
Located in a small rural town steeped with pride of the local history and industrial heritage with limited transport links to nearby cities. We are a predominately white British school with proportions of pupils with English as an additional language significantly below National Average. The school has below National Average proportions of pupils who are disadvantaged and slightly above national averages of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
…therefore, our curriculum must:
- Maximise the use of the local community and surrounding countryside where possible.
- Provide a variety of rich and engaging experiences beyond the classroom and local town for all of our pupils and particularly our disadvantaged pupils.
- Be inclusive for all, no matter what their ability – careful thought must be taken when timetabling lessons for those who need intervention.
- Expose pupils to, and teach about, other cultures and religions, as well as range of genders, races, ages and disabilities that they may never be exposed to broaden their understanding of diversity in modern Britain.
- Encourage pupils to be and develop the skills of resilience, perseverance and independence.
We want children to leave Wolsingham Primary School as happy, confident, independent individuals who make a positive contribution to their local, national and global community and who are well prepared for a successful future.
Education at Wolsingham Primary School will provide children with:
- A love of learning
- Equality of opportunity
- Personal and social well-being
- Confidence in themselves and their abilities
- Respectful attitudes towards themselves, others and the environment
- Extended life experiences
- Reasoning and critical thinking skills
- Aspirations for the future and future economic well-being
In addition, we embed our core values – Excellence, Determination, Respect, Equality, Friendship, Inspiration, Courage – in everything we do.
Our curriculum is designed with the following priorities in mind:
Our children need to have secure basic skills of literacy and numeracy, which we believe are the key to unlocking a keen interest and enjoyment in learning and in all aspects of the curriculum. Our children need to be able to communicate effectively and confidently with people from a range of backgrounds and work collaboratively with others.
Resilience and Perseverance
Through a range of life experiences, our children need to challenge themselves, take risks and develop a growth mindset so that they can solve problems, persevere and aspire to become the best versions of themselves. They need to be aware of their strengths, be confident, independent and have high self-esteem. Our children need enthusiastic attitudes towards learning, a thirst for knowledge and creativity. Our children need to be physically and mentally fit and have a healthy lifestyle.
Our children need to develop tolerance and have empathy for others. They need to value differences and demonstrate respect, understanding and kindness. They need to be able to form healthy relationships and work effectively and productively within a team. By encouraging and developing independence and social awareness, we want them to have informed opinions, respect others and to be curious about the world in which they live.
Underpinned by basic skills and key subject specific skills, our children need to ‘enquire to acquire’ knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live and of the choices and decisions that have been made to make the world the way it is. Our children need to know about career options and know what they need to do to be successful and realise their ambitions.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Wolsingham Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
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