Wold Newton Foundation School believes that early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We have high expectations for all of our children and pride ourselves on the curriculum that we offer. We believe that our curriculum should be Broad and Balanced and that children should have equality of opportunity across the curriculum. At its core, The National Curriculum forms the building blocks of the expectations for each subject. We have also set out very clear expectations for the knowledge and skills expectations in each subject that are to be strived for in each year group. In addition, we have adapted the curriculum to suit the needs of our community and wherever possible, engage the community in being an active part of supporting learning and the development of the school. This has been particularly relevant in our desire to build on reading, PE and outdoor learning.
Our children are not 'numbers' and have many different interests and skills; this is a message that has been brought to life through our ‘Investor in Pupils’ award. Opportunities to bring the curriculum to life and expose the children to meaningful learning in a practical context are built in and constantly reviewed. We foster the development of learning behaviours and exposure to experiences that build character. In turn, we aim to develop pupils, who are resilient, creative, supportive and tolerant, who understand how to be a respectful member of a community. As part of our aim to reflect on the needs of our community, 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
We believe that every child should be a confident reader and that a solid foundation in reading enables all children to access every aspect of the curriculum. We want our children to be exposed to a challenging reading curriculum that threads through everything they do. With a rich literary heritage, it is essential that we ensure our children see and use quality examples of reading and see that an ability to read is a right, not a privilege. Opportunities to use the rich vocabulary that they have learnt in a practical context ensure that our children are confident, articulate speakers.
The school ethos recognises that equal opportunities encompass gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, disability, age, sexuality, religion and special educational needs. Children are treated fairly and are given equal opportunity to take part in activities across the whole school curriculum.
Equality is an important part of the planning and teaching of lessons. When planning work for children with special educational needs we have due regard to information and targets contained in the support plans. We have high expectations of all children and we believe that the equality principles underpin work and life through the school. Please see the Equalities section of our website.
For further information on the curriculum please contact our school or you can take a look at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
In summary, our aims are to:
- Challenge and support all children with a Broad and Balanced Curriculum that aims to prepare them for the next stage in their learning and encourage their desire to be aspirational learners.
- Teach the children to become confident, independent, resilient and cooperative learners, who are tolerant and respectful of others.
- Ensure children understand how to keep themselves and others, healthy and safe.