At Wyndham Park we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which also promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. We aim to prepare the pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (2014) in Reception and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study (2014) in Key Stage 1. These key skills are delivered through a topic/theme based approach to planning, teaching and learning.

Themed Days/Weeks

We aim for our curriculum to be as exciting and stimulating as possible so we will often base learning around topics that the children are interested in and that they have chosen themselves. We have frequent themed days/weeks in school including Great Britain Week, Book Week, RE Days and we also link learning to key events such as the Olympics or anniversaries of authors etc. These opportunities form part of the ‘rainbow of experiences’ that we offer to children at Wyndham Park.

Learning Opportunities

We are very fortunate with the lovely grounds and resources that we have in school. In each year group children are given the opportunity to regularly use our ICT suite which has 30 brand new computers and also access our set of 30 iPads. We have a space for class cooking called the Cookery Orchard and children will use this in groups throughout their time at Wyndham Park. Our beautiful library is home to a huge number of books and the children are able to choose their own book to bring home on a weekly basis. This space is also used for some class music lessons. Every new topic in school begins with a ‘sparkling start’ and ends with a ‘fabulous finish’ so that children will remember these events and their learning. Much of the learning that we do is cross-curricular so the children will be practising their literacy skills at the same time as learning about a historical event, for example.

Deep Learning

A key focus for us in our teaching and learning is that children are given the opportunity to become deep learners. This means that we want children to become familiar and confident in different concepts and be able to apply the knowledge and understanding that they develop to a variety of situations and contexts. Children therefore may not move on to learning new concepts that they will cover in a later year group but instead spend more time applying what they know and solving problems. We use ‘Chilli Challenges’ within the classroom to give a range of learning activities at different levels. Children are then able to choose their own level of difficulty for a given task depending on their confidence in that area.

Growth Mindset

All children are encouraged to develop a positive attitude to their learning and the theory of a growth mindset is central to teaching and learning in our school. We teach the children that effort rather than achievement is the most important thing in learning and that mistakes are opportunities to grow and become better learners. Lots of information about the growth mindset approach can be found online.

Educational Visits and Visitors

During a child’s time at Wyndham Park they will go on regular educational visits. We often use the area around us so that coaches are not always needed and costs can be kept to a minimum. Children will usually go on one slightly bigger trip each year as well as lots of other smaller trips. As well as educational visits to other places, we often have visitors coming into school. This includes artists, librarians, vicars, fire fighters and many more!

Assemblies

We hold a daily assembly at 10.30am for the whole school. These are topic themed, story-telling, singing practice and an end of the week Special Award assembly. These assemblies promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and are of a broadly Christian character (as per government guidance).

Extra-curricular Clubs

In Year 1 and Year 2 children will be able to attend some of the after school clubs that we offer. These can be sports clubs, art clubs, music clubs, gardening clubs, ICT clubs and more. Some of these clubs require parents to pay.

                             

Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework sets out the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five years old. Children start this curriculum at nursery or pre-school and this continues through their Reception year at school.

The curriculum for EYFS is designed to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The curriculum focuses primarily on child initiated learning within the seven areas of learning and development. These areas are all important and inter-connected.

The three prime areas are:

·     Personal, social and emotional development

·     Communication and language

·     Physical development

The four specific areas are:

·     Literacy

·     Mathematics

·     Understanding the world

·     Expressive arts and design

On a daily basis teachers plan high quality play opportunities for both the indoor and outdoor environment that give the children the opportunity to build on prior knowledge, develop new skills and gain independence. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge. There will also be short whole class teaching inputs and adult led learning activities.

Progress of children in all areas is recorded through observations by the class teacher and teaching assistant through an online learning journal called ‘Tapestry’. Parents will be able to view the photos and written observations throughout the year.

Development matters in the eyfs

Eyfs statutory framework march 2012

 

Key Stage 1

As children move from Reception they enter Key Stage 1 (KS1). This phase incorporates both Year 1 and Year 2. In KS1 we follow the National Curriculum and its Programmes of Study for the different subject areas.

The core subjects are:

·     English

·     Mathematics

·     Science

The foundation subjects are:

·     Art and design

·     Computing

·     Design and technology

·     Languages

·     Geography

·     History

·     Music

·     Personal, social, health and economic education

·     Physical education

·     Religious education

 

As children move through the school, the amount of teacher led learning increases. The first two terms in Year 1 continue with a play based approach to learning and this will gradually change to more whole class learning inputs and adult chosen learning activities.

English and maths are usually taught on a daily basis and take up more of the curriculum time than other subject areas. As part of our English teaching, children will have daily phonics teaching, handwriting lessons and guided reading sessions.

In Year 1 all children are required to complete a phonics screening check in June to assess their segmenting and blending skills in reading. At the end of Year 2 children complete SATs tests, which are statutory assessments, in reading, writing and maths.

Literacy - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

Maths - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

 

Phonics

Phonics is taught throughout the school in both Early Years and KS1 and we follow Letters and Sounds as our teaching scheme for phonics. Phonics sessions are taught daily in each class and teaching is systematic through the different phases. More information about phonics can be found on the Phonics Play website.

 

School Policies

We have several school policies that explain our approach to different areas of teaching and learning. Please read these policies to find out more about how things work at Wyndham Park.

Handwriting and Presentation Policy

Feedback and Marking Policy