Curriculum and Aims
The school has developed a curricular model that is based on the nature and situation of the school. The curriculum has a tight focus on meeting pupils’ needs and is exciting and relevant.
Pupil voice plays a greater part in planning and staff are more focused on key skills and essentials of learning.
Our pupils are enthused and positive about their learning experiences as they feel a real ownership over their learning; it was noted by our Quality Mark assessor that our children were acutely aware of their progress and what they needed to do to improve.
In addition to the subjects specified in the National Curriculum, the school curriculum also addresses cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, Health Education, Equal Opportunities and Multi-cultural Education. At Wold Newton School we also teach French as our modern foreign languages. The manner in which the curriculum as a whole is delivered will reflect the needs of each individual child and so the organisation of teaching groups is flexible. We follow an ongoing programme of curriculum review and development and monitor the quality of teaching and learning.
Literacy and Numeracy have daily time tabled sessions. Although the requirements for the foundation subjects are less specific we aim to continue to provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school.
It is important to note that the requirements of the National Curriculum do not apply to children who are not of statutory school age i.e. "rising fives". The emphasis in the teaching of Reception children will be on preparing a solid foundation for their later years in school. These children follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum early learning goals.
National Curriculum 2014
The New National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014. It is more challenging, focusing on essential core subject knowledge. In order to prepare our children for the ambitious end of year expectations we have amended our planning. There are 'Age Related Expectations for every subject and we regularly assess where our children are up to using a variety of methods to ensure that we plan effectively to cover any gaps in their learning. We pride ourselves on our Broad and Balanced curriculum that not only encourages challenge throughout each subject and key stage but is focused on developing the 'Whole Child' and enhancing every area of the curriculum.
If you require more detailed information regarding our curriculum, assessment or the expectations of The National Curriculum, please follow our 'Links' page or ask for an appointment to discuss this with a teacher or Mr Fletcher.
Wold Newton Foundation School aims to;
- Provide all children with every opportunity to develop their abilities to the full within a caring and supportive community.
- Help pupils to acquire the skills of reflection, questioning, persistence and resilience in order to develop lively, enquiring, imaginative and creative minds.
- Help pupils to take responsibility for their learning, developing their own self-discipline and positive attitudes, values and beliefs.
- Equip pupils with a range of skills which will prepare them for, and inspire them in, life long learning.
- Provide pupils with a Broad and Balanced curriculum that develops their skills and knowledge in all areas of their learning.
- Help pupils improve their physical abilities and to understand the importance of a healthy life style.
- Develop their understanding of values that we see as specific to the school's needs in order to enhance their understanding of the world, their ability to empathise with and support others to become a good citizen.
- Foster integrity and respect for others, understanding the interdependence of society and the importance of co-operation and harmonious existence.
Through both literacy and other curriculum areas a great deal of attention is paid to communication skills - those of listening, talking, reading and writing. Regular discussion in groups and as a class helps to foster children's oral skills as does participation in drama and assemblies. Our Main Reading Scheme is Oxford Reading Tree but we have a number of basic reading schemes through which each child progresses according to needs and preferences. Linked to the scheme, at all stages, are books at similar levels of difficulty providing a broader spectrum of reading matter – the library has recently been enhanced by the addition of approximately £2000 of new books. Reading is supplemented with a structured phonic scheme of work. We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics as our main tools for the teaching of phonics. We actively encourage reading for enjoyment and understanding. We have a selection of fiction and non-fiction books within the school library for the children to borrow. Handwriting receives regular practice and children are encouraged to maintain a high standard of presentation across the curriculum. Accurate use of standard English is encouraged with punctuation, grammar and spelling taught alongside writing. The breadth of writing tasks increase as the children become more competent. We foster the philosophy of writing for a purpose; children are taught to use the full breadth of writing skills across the whole curriculum ie, factual reports, records of experiments and letters.
The children take part in a daily dedicated Maths session but they are encouraged to use these skills as necessary throughout their work in school. It is our aim that not only should the children have a basic knowledge of the four rules of number - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - but they should also be able to apply these to practical and other problem solving activities. As far as possible we try to relate mathematical ideas to practical situations and we encourage children to carry out mathematical investigations. Class 2 have recently developed a Healthy Snacks project in which they used a variety of mathematical skills to make and sell healthy break time snacks in response to a school survey they designed and carried out.
Estimating and measuring lengths and weights is an important part of the maths curriculum as is an understanding of time, an ability to read charts and graphs and a knowledge of flat and solid shapes. Much of this work can be complimented by you at home in regular activities such as cooking, shopping and DIY.
BROAD AND BALANCED CURRICULUM
At Wold Newton Foundation School, we believe that our curriculum should be Broad and Balanced. Our children are not 'numbers' and have many different interests and skills. We strive to ensure that our children have as many opportunities as possible to develop their skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. This is often tricky to fit in to such a busy week, which is why we often link our subjects together. We even share the expertise of our teachers in order to provide the children with the best learning opportunities for instance, you may find that one of our teachers will teach computing or PE to more than one class. We also enlist the help of the Local Authority Music Service, who deliver much of our music curriculum. We take advantage of opportunities to enhance our sports provision and use coaches from e.g. Yorkshire Cricket to deliver outstanding PE education. We have excellent school grounds that are constantly developing but allow us to deliver our lessons in a variety of situations and deepen the children's learning. We are constantly reviewing and enhancing our curriculum in order to provide the best opportunities for our children and would welcome any questions.
INVESTORS IN PUPILS
At Wold Newton, we have always prided ourselves on our reputation as a nurturing village school. We take as many opportunities as possible to challenge our children and helping them to grow in to respectable, caring people, who support each other in their learning is of the upmost importance to us.
This year, we have chosen to follow the ‘Investors in Pupils’ scheme. This is a whole-school approach but is led by the School Council. There are six main areas that we focus on:
- Classroom Management
- School Management
In a nutshell, we are encouraging our children to think beyond their own ‘bubble’ and see how we can all work together and take responsibility not only for our own actions but by challenging others and setting examples to them. Already the School Council have set themselves up as an efficient management team with roles such as: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Website Manager. They have ensured that each class has a vision for their own learning and regularly review their roles and responsibilities. They have all produced ‘induction’ materials that welcome new children and visitors and even got the chance to negotiate with the new Head of Education at East Riding Council, in order to put their case forward for securing funds that will help us to develop the school.
They are finding out about staff roles and how the school is managed including how finances/budgets work. They will meet our governors and even interview parents with different careers to understand their roles and how they work to support their teams.
We have also agreed as a school, six values that we would like our children to develop whilst they are at our school. These are:
- Individual Liberty
- Understanding of Faiths and Cultures
- Mutual Respect
- Healthy and Safe
Each term, we are focusing on one value and enlisting the help of the community. The church is an excellent source of support for our school and regularly helps with this. We also ensure we have a day off timetable each term, to learn as much as we can as a whole school, about the value we have chosen.
It is amazing to see how the children respond to the challenge and how they encourage each other to do their best. I’ve always believed that children are far more capable than we given them credit for. We can’t wait to see how our children develop.
Examples of our Long Term Plans can be found below.
LONG TERM PLANS