Willow Brook Primary School Curriculum Statement April 2017
At Willow Brook Primary School we are dedicated to growing bright young minds and inspiring lifelong learners. It is of importance to us that within our school community we develop children’s confidence and encourage commitment to becoming the best they can be in all areas of their learning and life at school. In doing this we aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain through our broad, balanced curriculum and strong ethos that underpins all that we do.
As well as having a focus on the core requirements of the English and mathematics curriculum our curriculum is devised to encourage community based learning by taking a topic-based approach. We successfully take a holistic approach to teaching topics that are under the same themes for three half terms a year these cover Science, History and Geography for EYFS through to year 6. For the remaining three half terms we work together on whole school topics that promote a creative approach to teaching and learning. These topics inspire and immerse children in learning opportunities whilst providing a well-balanced curriculum that meets the individual development of all children in our care. The impromptu planning of these three whole school topics allow us to address time relevant skills and understanding that the children need to fulfil their role as citizens of the world, whether this be through planning a trip to a fantasy island or taking on the role of conservationists and planning and carrying out events to raise money for chosen charities.
Whilst our Reception children have their own Early Years Curriculum, they follow the same topic plan and work collaboratively with Year 1.
Our phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds.
Summary of our vision for a ‘dream curriculum’
Our teachers (and children) continue to hold the view that an ideal curriculum that suits the ethos of Willow Brook would include…
Continued focused skills teaching in English and Maths – providing meaningful opportunities for children to apply the skills they learn
Practical, investigative science
History and Geography – using trips and visitors etc to bring these and other topics to life
Lots of opportunities for non-academic achievement
Taking as much learning as possible/practical outdoors
More opportunities for adventure and risk taking
Investigation through ‘making’ and exploring & self expression through music and drama
“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift, not as a hard duty.” Albert Einstein
National Curriculum: Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:
National Curriculum: Primary Curriculum:
As a school in the County of Nottinghamshire we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, “RE for All”. Through the use of the Syllabus we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insights and knowledge to equip them as responsible members in our society. The Syllabus we follow encourages pupils to discover more about religion and world views on a range of topics. They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. The three fold aims of RE in Nottinghamshire will ensure that our pupils:
- know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise diversity which exists in our society.
- can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
- develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views
By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE will contribute to a whole range of school priorities. Their study will promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, as well as enabling them to consider British Values such as tolerance and respect for other who hold different world views.
Although RE is statutory, as in all schools, parents do have the right to withdraw their child from lessons or collective worship (see our collective worship policy). Please speak to the Head Teacher should you wish to discuss this.
If you would like to know more about the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus a copy is available for you to read in the school.
If there is anything further you wish to know about our curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details are published within the ‘Contact Us’ section of the website.