Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Curriculum Delivery

Curriculum Intent Statement:

‘At Thomas Willingale School and Nursery the curriculum is designed so that it builds on children's prior learning, provides hands on and enriching experiences, allows the children to develop aspirations, resilience and independence and become articulate, creative individuals. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school and the local and wider community. We are respectful of everyone. We provide a creative and linked curriculum that enables children to make connections, embed learning and build on their knowledge. Children are given opportunities outside of the National Curriculum that enhances and enriches their learning, giving them real life experiences and allowing them to think in enterprising ways. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Children will leave Thomas Willingale School and Nursery with high aspirations and a strong sense of belonging, they will have the confidence and skills to articulate themselves, make decisions, make connections and self-reflect enabling them to be lifelong learners.’

What do we teach?

We follow the National curriculum for all subjects. To support our delivery we use a range of resources.

In all subjects we try to make our lessons engaging and interesting for the children. We do this by making lessons as practical as possible and ensure all children are involved in all lessons.

In maths, our teaching is supported by the White Rose scheme of work. This is a scheme which teachers may select resources and ideas from to deliver the National Curriculum.

In reading and writing the National Curriculum objectives may be taught through the topics we are teaching or through stand-a-lone lessons where they do not fit into the topics being taught.

In all other subjects we use the Chris Quigley 'Essentials' curriculum. We use a cross-curricular or topic approach as much as possible which ensures that the N.C. is covered. Some lessons may be stand-a-lone where they do not fit into the topics being taught.

The Essentials curriculum allows us to plan for breadth and ensures that learning is progressive and built upon from prior learning. We also use it as a way to assess our children in non-core subjects using Milestones.

There are three milestones in the primary sector for every subject:

Year 1 and 2 work towards and complete Milestone 1.

Year 3 and 4 work towards and complete Milestone 2.

Year 5 and 6 work towards and complete Milestone 3.

Curriculum Drivers at Thomas Willingale School

We have identified the following drivers which are planned for throughout the curriculum and are a priority for us:



To ensure all children have the skill set to be able to express and articulate themselves accurately, confidently and fluently so that they are able to take on any challenge.



Our children will play an active part in the local and wider community, utilising our rich surroundings within their learning and supporting how our community develops.



Through engaging and inspiring learning that we provide, we want our children to become more independent learners, be proactive and strategic and transfer their skills to different areas of learning.


Positive Growth

To instill a positive mindset which allows children to build aspirations, empathy towards others and opportunities for their future lives; it supports their resilience so that they take chances, learn from failures and deepen their skillset and understanding.