Curriculum

Curriculum Statement of Intent

Our Curriculum is based upon the belief that children learn best through creative, engaging and memorable experiences. Our aim is to develop lifelong learners with a passion and sense of enjoyment in learning.  

We are committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the primary National Curriculum and seek to provide opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  However, we consider the ‘curriculum’ to be more inclusive – that is:

 

   "Everything that happens in school and takes place through school.”

 

To this end, when designing our curriculum, we consider four ‘key filters’:

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Plan and deliver ENGAGING and MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES

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Provide opportunities to apply skills in a range of PRACTICAL and PURPOSEFUL CONTEXTS

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Promote a LEARNING CULTURE where Independence and ‘Learning to Learn’ skills are at its heart.

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Enable children to make MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS with the WIDER WORLD

 

Planning in this way ensures that we maintain a clear focus on making the children the centre of their learning.  It is what makes our curriculum distinctive and bespoke to our school and the community it serves.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives - where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  We use Learning Powers to build positive attitudes and behaviours to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

The curriculum is also underpinned by our school’s Values (Care, Trust, Respect and Responsibility) and these are explicitly taught and frequently referred to through all areas of our curriculum.  The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the universal values of our society are woven through the curriculum.  

Furthermore, as a Church of England school, we encourage children to develop a strong sense of moral purpose - in addition to a respect for religious and moral values, and an understanding of other cultures, religions and ways of life. This helps our pupils to better understand the world in which they live.

 

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Hand in hand with the more traditional subject content are the all- important 'learning to learn' skills which we aim to actively develop in our children, right from the very start of their time with us.  We are using some of the ideas and strategies from Guy Claxton’s ‘Building Learning Power’ to help the children become really effective learners both in and out of school. Our children need to have learnt how to be:

Resilient: locking onto learning; showing perseverance and sticking with challenges; managing distractions.

Reflective: being self aware; having the ability to think about what you have learnt and how you learn; evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses, adapting, changing and revising work.

Resourceful: questioning, imagining, making links, making good use of resources and equipment; being ready to learn in new ways; having a variety of learning strategies and knowing how to use them; using your imagination to consider possibilities.

Reciprocal: knowing when it is best to work alone or with others; knowing when to take the initiative or let others take the lead; listening and learning from others; showing empathy and consideration to the views of others.

 

Our School Curriculum 

To read the details of our curriculum provision in each of the National Curriculum subjects, please click on the bar below for more information:

 

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At WTPS we believe that the development of spoken language, reading and writing build the foundation of every child’s learning. We aim to equip every child with opportunities to communicate through both speech and written form fluently in any medium or situation.

We appreciate the importance of the spoken language in the development of children across the whole curriculum and especially how it underpins the development of reading and writing. We actively encourage opportunities for talk including talk partners, talk for writing, presentations and drama. We also encourage our children to clearly explain their thinking and reasoning in all subject areas.

We recognise that synthetic phonics offers our children the best and most direct route to becoming skilled, fluent readers and writers. At WTPS we have adopted aspects of the Read Write Inc. programme in order to deliver systematic phonics teaching and a progressive reading scheme from the very beginning of their schooling.

At WTPS we aim to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.  We immerse children in a rich range of reading genre, encouraging children to delve beyond the words and develop exploratory book talk.  We want children to enjoy reading for pleasure by promoting regular use of the library,  paired reading across key stages, listening to adults modelling reading and participation in activities such as World Book Day and author visits.

We aim to equip our children to be able to write in a variety of contexts, purposes audiences and genres. We aim to make writing an enjoyable experience by ensuring the children write for a meaningful purpose. We use interactive learning walls, role play, dramatization techniques, debates, film clips, music, photography, iPad software and inspiring books to explore, enrich and engage our children in the writing process. Underpinning successful writing is accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Daily word work sessions provide opportunity for discrete practice of these crucial skills. Children are grouped according to their needs, following the Read Write Inc. Get Spelling programme before moving on to focus on grammar.

We believe that a fluent and legible handwriting style empowers children to write with confidence and creativity. We teach handwriting through an interactive and practical handwriting programme called Penpals, that develops a clear progression of skills from the early development of gross and fine motor skills to confident letter formation and accomplished joins.

Mathematics

At West Tytherley CE Primary, we believe that mathematics is best learnt through the children having a deep, conceptual understanding of a range of mathematical ideas.  We challenge the children to make rich connections across distinct mathematical domains and to use their strong factual and procedural knowledge to help solve problems.

We believe it is important for children to not only be able to find the answers to problems but to also be able to explain the reasoning behind their lines of enquiry using accurate mathematical vocabulary. By celebrating learning and through engaging challenges, we inspire the children to increase their fluency in maths and to become increasingly sophisticated problem solvers, both in maths and across the curriculum.

Children will develop and build upon their understanding in:

  • Knowing and using number
  • Using fractions and decimals
  • Using measures
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Understanding the properties of shape
  • Using statistics
  • Multiplication and division
  • Describing position, direction and movement
  • Using algebra

We will be teaching the children the following essential characteristics of mathematics whilst at West Tytherley CE Primary:

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including new or unusual
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges
  • To embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject

If you would like to find out more information about the current National Curriculum for maths, you can access the full curriculum here.

 

 

Science 2019

At West Tytherley Primary School, the Science curriculum aims to capture, develop and extend children’s natural excitement and curiosity about the wonderful world around them.    

Children will learn what it is to ‘be a scientist’, developing scientific skills and knowledge, laying the foundations for making sense of the world today and in the future.  Children are encouraged to raise their own questions for scientific enquiry, investigating practically, making meaningful links and drawing conclusions.

We firmly believe that first-hand experience is at the heart of scientific learning and, therefore, practical activities are used at every opportunity, with children developing the skills of ‘working scientifically’.  We incorporate educational visits into our Science curriculum wherever possible.  For example, children may visit Winchester Science Centre or the Science department at Southampton University in order to initiate, extend or consolidate learning.  Our ‘Four Seasons’ outdoor classroom is a rich learning environment, used extensively to support our Science curriculum. 

Across the school, our curriculum is integrated wherever relevant; Science may be linked to studies in History and Geography or form the basis of a topic incorporating other curriculum areas.  Children are expected to apply mathematical knowledge to their understanding of Science, particularly when collecting, presenting and analysing data.  They are also expected to use scientific vocabulary, articulating ideas and concepts clearly.

Computing

Using technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives, and many of us depend on computers and associated technology not only in our working day but also in our leisure time.

Computing and Information technology at West Tytherley helps to provide all children with a firm foundation of skills and logical thinking. After all; in this ever changing world, many children will go on to work in jobs and roles that are yet to exist! It is vital we prepare children to not only use technology but reflect about how it works, and how it is used. Our aim is to balance children’s’ experience of different technology and systems, e-safety, and skills and knowledge that will further them in later life.

We aspire to an outcome where every pupil has the opportunity to explore the creative side of computing through activities such as writing computer programs using pupil-friendly programming environments.

We aim to demonstrate to children that it is ok to make mistakes. In computing the correct outcome will not happen first time and all programmers make mistakes, this is a normal part of the process. As children begin to solve and debug their own errors it promotes independence and shapes learners who are developing positive coping strategies that will be applied and built upon throughout their lives.

Religious Education

At West Tytherley Primary School, we believe it is vital to support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring they develop their own principles, beliefs and values whilst respecting those of others.  We encourage our children to develop a reflective approach to life, enriching this process through the study of living faiths.

In our school, children are involved in a daily act of collective worship based on a weekly theme.  James Pitkin is the vicar of our local parish church, St Peter’s, and is an integral part of our school.  He leads an assembly each week, is a Foundation Governor and is always present at our end of term services.  As a Church of England school, we celebrate all major Christian festivals and have special services at Christmas and Easter which are often held in St Peter’s Church.  We also have a service at harvest time and our Year 6 children are involved in a leavers’ service held in Winchester Cathedral each year.

All classes at West Tytherley School have a reflection area and children say a short prayer giving thanks for their food at lunchtime.  They may also say a prayer before leaving school at the end of the day. 

Religious Education lessons in our school follow the guidance received from the Diocese of Winchester and the agreed Syllabus of Hampshire Local Authority called “Living Difference”.  All R.E. lessons are underpinned by our core value of respect.  The agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in our country. As West Tytherley is a Church of England School, we provide children with an education based on Christian Values.

Collective Worship

We have a strong Christian ethos and place emphasis on teaching children to value the enduring beliefs of Christian life which include such moral values as respect for one another, truthfulness, honesty, forgiveness and love.  Collective worship takes place on a daily basis in the form of a School Act of Worship and reflects traditions of the Christian faith. Our aim is to provide opportunities for children and staff to worship God and learn how others worship. On some occasions we explore aspects of other world religions in the promotion of moral values and spiritual insights.  

It is our expectation that all children will be present at Acts of Worship, but we are committed to respect each individual child’s faith stance. (As with RE, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all acts of collective worship; requests for withdrawal from these activities must be made to the Headteacher in writing).  

Art and design 2019

At West Tytherley, we follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Art and Design.  Our pupils have opportunity to explore and express their creative ideas through a range of engaging and memorable experiences.  Our children are given opportunities to experiment in practical ways - developing a knowledge of materials, multi-media, skills and techniques in which to explore and represent the world. 

We aim to 'meaningful connections' with our local environment and local artists and crafts people to support learning as well as great artists, craft makers and designers. Our pupils are taught to reflect and evaluate on their learning in order to improve and grow in their acquisition of skills and techniques so they may develop their individual creative potential. 

Design and technology

Through Design Technology at West Tytherley School, pupils have opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding of materials and skills to invent and create their design ideas. Through practical activities in a themed context they design and develop products for a range of uses.

We draw on inspiration from our local environment and from local industry as well as from the wider technological world. Our pupils have opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in food technology and learn to prepare and create food products. Testing, evaluating and modifying work is key to the design process so that our pupils may develop as imaginative and skilful designers.

 

Music

At WTPS we believe that music is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Children have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of musical experiences through listening, singing, interpreting music through dance and by playing and composing music using tuned and un-tuned percussion. Singing plays a big part in our daily worship and the children also have the opportunity to join our choir as an extra-curricular club. The majority of our music curriculum is delivered by Hampshire Music Service through their ‘Listen 2 Me’ programme. This introduces children to a range of instruments such as the African drums, ukulele and cello and gives a framework for children to develop their musical skills and knowledge as they progress through the school. The children have lots of opportunities to perform their singing or instrument playing in class, whole school assemblies and in church. We also have an annual Christmas production for FS and KS1 and an end of year production for KS2 which everyone takes part in. These performances are always very well supported by parents and the local community.

In additional to curriculum music, we also provide the opportunity for children to access tuition for keyboard and guitar during the school day with peripatetic music teachers. Regular ‘celebration assemblies’, where they can perform their musical skills for an invited audience of parents and friends, are a fantastic showcase for each child’s developing musical talent.

 

History 2019

At West Tytherley CE Primary, it is our intent is that the history element of our curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world;  and at the same time - inspire a 'curiosity and fascination' about the past that will last.

We use the National Curriculum Programme of Study to guide us on the learning content and focus for our planning.  In Key Stage One, we enable children to acquire an understanding of time and events, and people in their past and their parent's living memory. In Key Stage Two, the intent is to follow topics in chronological order so that children can develop a sense of time and how civilizations were inter-connected.  The curriculum builds pupils' understanding of time; chronology; how people lived.  Historical skills, vocabulary and concepts (such as, change; continuity; interpretations; cause and effect; evidence; similarity and difference; and significance) build progressively as the children move along their learning journey.

Our aim is to engage pupils in real historical enquiry - becoming ‘detectives’ who explore history in exciting, memorable ways.  We want our children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills - not just through experiences in the classroom but also through the use of fieldwork, visitors and educational visits.  Learning is made meaningful to our pupils through handling real artefacts, listening to first-hand evidence and testimony and watching video clips.  

We value making cross curricular links wherever possible and provide opportunities for children to consolidate their understanding of History through exciting theme days and subjects such as Literacy, Drama and Art. This approach enriches their learning and gives pupils a chance to explore the past from different perspectives - helping the past to 'come alive'.

Geography 2019

At West Tytherley, we use the National Curriculum Programmes of Stufy for Geography to support the learning content and provide a progression in the acquistions of Geographical knowledge and skills.  

We believe that children learn best through first-hand experiences and want to promote a sense of responsibility and wonder about the physical world around us. Every opportunity is taken to support classroom learning with practical work in the school grounds, local community, and further afield at centres that support the learning.  

We have established a very positive link with a local farm and created a programme of visits throughut the year for every child.  This year's visit have focused upon land use, woodland management, arable farming, hedge planting, sheep rearing, and food production.  Children enjoy learning at the farm and is a fantastic opportunity for all of our children to enjoy and experience.

We are very lucky to have beautiful school grounds, including the 4 Seasons Learning Garden, which supports learning across the curriculum and we use the ‘Trailblazers Award Scheme’ materials to support learning outside the classroom.

Geography teaches an understanding of places, people and environments as children learn about the world around them. We aim to teach Geography in a cross curricular way and will overlap with other areas such as Science to help the children make links in their learning. They will learn how to draw and interpret maps, develop research and problem-solving skills. They will also apply the skills they have developed in English, Mathematics and Computing to report and record their findings. Key geographical knowledge will be developed, that focus on learning the continents, five oceans and capital cities through the use of atlases, photos and the internet. Children will also gain a sense of belonging and an appreciation of life in other cultures as they consider how their lives compare to those in other regions of the United Kingdom and in other countries of the world.

Personal, social & health education 

The curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education helps children develop awareness of and responsibility for themselves, other people and the environment. It encourages informed decision-making and promotes a healthy lifestyle.  In doing this, PSHE prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The school has been awarded the “Healthy School” award in recognition of the priority we place upon Healthy Living.

Physical education

PE provides the opportunity to teach children about movement, strategies, teamwork, problem solving and health related fitness. Exposing children to various physical activities and sports can better provide enjoyment of physical activity, as well as build social and cognitive skills. At West Tytherley we safely provide the means for children to enjoy physical activity, become more confident, increase their knowledge of health related fitness, and help them find ways to continue to be physically active.

PE at West Tytherley comprises of: gymnastics, dance, key skills, athletics, swimming and team sports. In Key stage 1, children learn and improve basic fundamental motor skills through fun games, dance and gymnastics. These are key skills which are applicable in many sporting areas; skills such as sending and receiving a ball, balance, body position, and tactics. These skills continue throughout the school and in key stage 2 are applied in more structured game situations and sports. In key stage 2 we also provide the opportunity for all children to have swimming lessons.

We have strong links with other schools in the area and utilise these links to provide children the opportunity to compete in district and friendly inter-school activities and competitions. At West Tytherley we believe that a child who learns to be resilient, respectful and determined in the sports field will apply the same skills within the classroom and beyond.

 

Citizenship

Citizenship helps pupils understand what it means to belong to communities and to understand the language of morality, rights and responsibilities towards others.  It fosters respect for each other and encourages rational debate, philosophical enquiry and critical thinking. Citizenship prepares pupils to behave in an informed and responsible manner as members of their community.

Sex Education

Science in the National Curriculum requires that children should be able to understand the process of reproduction in mammals. The school policy on Sex Education is that the children are taught about human reproduction as part of the Science Curriculum. Recommended DVDs are used with children throughout the school, which parents are invited to preview. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex education offered, except that which is required as part of National Curriculum for Science, after consultation with the Headteacher.

Languages

Over the course of Key Stage 2, we will introduce the children to French through an interactive programme called 'Rigolo'.  The children will learn how to greet others, ask questions and introduce facts about themselves such as their age, where they live and go to school, their likes and dislikes, their pets and how they enjoy spending their free time.  They will learn the language required for shopping in France and for ordering in a café.  They will also study the people, culture and traditions of the French in order to gain some insight into a culture other than their own.


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A parents' guide to the new National Curriculumhas been written and FREE to download.

The guide provides a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works. 

 

Downloadable Documents

We held a workshop for parents on 25th November 2015 to take a closer look at the new National Curriculum and how the school was taking Assessment without levels forward.  The documents used for the workshop have been listed below for all parents to access.

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Adobe-PDF-Document-icon.png     'Curriculum and Assessment Parent's Evening' Presentation (25th November 2015)

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