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 (last revised Sep 2021) in Reception and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study (last update Jul 2014) in Key Stage 1. These key skills are delivered through a topic/theme based approach to planning, teaching and learning.

WP Curriculum Intent 2022 Updated V2

WP Curriculum Implementation 2022 Updated V2

WP Curriculum Impact 2022 Updated V2

(Individual subject statements of intent can be found at the bottom of this page)

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.

 

Our Term 5 Knowledge Organisers

YR Cygnets Knowledge Organiser Superheroes

YR Ducklings Knowledge Organiser Sport

YR Owlets Knowledge Organiser Pirates and Mermaids

Y1 Term 5 Knowledge Organiser The Farm and Class choice

Yr 2 Topic Knowledge Organiser Term 5 Fantastic Fairy Tales

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

In Reception we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The children develop through playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically. The 7 areas of learning are divided into the prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design). The prime areas are fundamental throughout the EYFS and the specific areas include the skills and knowledge which provide important contexts for learning.
We deliver the curriculum through a balance of planned, purposeful play as well as adult-directed learning to enable the children to build on what they already know. The children use both the indoor and outdoor classroom during teacher directed and child-initiated times.

In our classrooms, you may see children playing alone or with their peers, deciding on resources and choosing how to spend their time. You may see a child playing and listening to an adult, who is modelling how to achieve something or teaching a new skill that interests the child. Adults may scaffold children's play. This involves taking their play to higher levels of learning, entering the play as a co-creator and helping to provoke a framework for the children to go from "what they know" to "what else they could know". Adults will observe, model, facilitate, question and extend our children's play.

We aim to offer the children a 'Rainbow of Experiences' that encompasses our school vision. Each child is encouraged to choose from different learning areas from the 'Rainbow Wall' so that they have experienced a range of learning activities and had the opportunity to develop different skills. These experiences will be linked to key skills, next steps and the children's interests.

We have a particular love for outdoor learning. Each week come rain or shine, we take part in Forest Schools. This allows the children to enjoy nature and enjoy active, hands-on learning in our specially designed grounds.

Tapestry Online Learning Journal
At Wyndham Park we strongly believe that each child's learning journey is unique. We use Tapestry Online Learning Journal across all Reception classes as a way to record and communicate children's experiences and learning and to involve parents.

Development Matters Curriculum

 

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.

 

Art Statement of Intent

Computing Statement of Intent

Design and Technology Statement of Intent

History Statement of Intent

Maths Statement of Intent Sept 2021

Music Statement of Intent February 2022

PE Statement of Intent January 2022

PSHEE Statement of Intent Sept 2021

Reading Statement of Intent Sept 2021

Religious Education Statement of Intent

Science Statement of Intent Sept 2021

Writing Statement of Intent Sept 2021