At North Wheatley C of E Primary School the curriculum, underpinned by our Christian values, prepares our children for an ever changing world, giving them the necessary skills to contribute fully and enthusiastically to society and lead happy, healthy lives. Values such as responsibility, respect, love and forgiveness are embedded in all that we do.
In 2018/19 we reviewed the school’s curriculum to ensure that it inspired pupils to want to learn, encouraged pupils to think deeply and to make connections across their learning and also be underpinned by our Christian Values. A concept curriculum based around each of the school's Christian Values, is now embedded through out Key Stage 1 and 2. Knowledge organisers help pupils to acquire and memorise key knowledge linked to each value, some of these are uploaded below. Pupils, staff and families celebrate the learning that has taken place each term through our ‘Fabulous Friday’ sharing events and Home-School learning exhibitions. Through strong partnerships with home, pupils are supported to thrive as motivated learners.
The school’s focus for further improvement is now to ensure that knowledge is built sequentially in all the Primary Foundation subjects enabling pupils to make secure connections across different subject areas and ensuring that knowledge is firmly embedded. We are very excited to be developing new target books which will be introduced to support pupils’ learning journey in the Foundation subjects.
British values are taught to develop pupils understanding of the need for freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions. These British values are evident in the organisation of the school council, through the school culture, through the ethos and high standards in school, through staff role models, through worship and RE and through curricular work. We fly our very traditional flag high and celebrate the fact it was designed by pupils!
Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to:
•Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs
•Celebrate the uniqueness of everyone, treating everyone with care and respect
•Develop a range of skills to support life-long learning
•Communicate and interact effectively with others
•Listen and empathise
•Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
•Enjoy the challenge of learning in a variety of ways, making full use of the indoor and outdoor environment and the wider locality
•Become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development
•Learn independently, with and from others
•Become active learners who are resilient and adaptable
•Know the importance of achieving your best with the motto ‘Be the best me that I can be…’
To find out more about our curriculum, you can explore the class pages on the website or come and visit us to find out more first hand!
Further details of each of the curriculum plans for each class are also available below.
How we teach pupils to read
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”
At North Wheatley C of E Primary, we know that one of the most important things we will do is teach your child to read. We want all pupils to become passionate, enthusiastic and lifelong readers.
We make sure that we provide lots of opportunities for reading:
- Shared reading;
- Guided reading;
- Regular independent reading;
- Home/school reading;
- Hearing books read aloud on a regular basis;
- Selecting own choice of text;
- Reading whole texts;
- Making close links between reading and writing;
- Reading in other subject areas and at every opportunity!
Every week, pupils will take part in a guided reading group.
This is a time for the explicit teaching of reading skills. The book that the teacher chooses will come from an appropriate Book Band or be linked to the Curriculum Concept for the group.
What is guided reading?
- It is not group reading (everyone reading at the same time).
- It is not listening to children read (this is a part of the session, but teachers focus on teaching reading).
- It is focused on teaching within a group.
- There are approximately six children in the group.
- The children have their own copy of a quality text.
- They are given a range of reading experiences (poetry, information books, environmental print).
What happens in guided reading?
- Introduction to the book – children become familiar with the book.
- Teaching strategies – children are reminded of the strategies they can use when they get stuck.
- Independent reading – children read the book independently
- Return to the text – the teacher returns to any parts or words that the children found challenging.
- Response – the children give their own responses to the book as a result of high-quality teacher questioning.
At North Wheatley, we follow the Book Band Scheme before pupils move on to become 'Free readers'. The colours become progressively more challenging. The order of the Book Band colours are as follows:
Pink Red Yellow Blue Green Orange Turquoise Purple Gold White Lime
Pupils may choose books within their Book Band from a wide range of books including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats and others to supplement the range of choice. Pupils can select any book from their band colour to read at home and in school. Staff regularly assess pupils’ reading through Guided reading sessions, individual reading times and on-going assessments. Progress through the bands is carefully monitored to ensure that pupils are challenged appropriately.
Pupils have individual reading target books which support staff to monitor their progress so they can accurately identify the next steps in their reading development. Their next targets are shared with parents. Pupils celebrate when they achieve their reading targets by placing their photos on the achievement mountain. They love to see themselves and their friends on the mountain!
Phonics is taught through school using Letters and Sounds. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily. In Key Stage 2, phonics is incorporated and interlinked into learning across the curriculum. Targeted focus sessions are also delivered to groups or individuals as needed. All staff are skilled at teaching phonics as a result of high quality CPD provided by our subject leaders and external consultants.
Mrs Bailey, our external English consultant, is rigorous in monitoring provision through school. She works alongside our specialist English subject leader, Miss Stokes, to provide professional development opportunities for staff. The staff ensure that all pupils have access to reading and books in our Discovery Hub library on a regular basis as well as in classroom reading areas. Our aim is that all pupils develop a love of reading and that there are wide ranges of popular and classical books, comics, information texts and news reports available to choose from. A love of reading is prioritised through school, we want children to enjoy learning to read as well as much as they love reading to learn. We welcome the support of members of the school and the local community to read with children, ask questions and help them to really understand texts.