In providing for your children we are guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
The provision at Thomas Willingale School takes account of every aspect of a child’s development. The curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced education allowing for the individual needs of each child to be met within well-planned learning experiences.
Areas of Learning include:
Curriculum planning involves all members of the teaching staff to ensure there is progression and continuity in learning as your child passes through the school and all our planning processes give due regard to the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
Support and help from parents is an essential ingredient in a child’s education. The delivery of the planned curriculum involves parents helping/encouraging children at home with such things as reading, number work, consolidation of acquired skills, etc. We also welcome parental help in school time for such things as reading, number facts, educational visits, transport to sporting events, assisting children with their work etc. It is our intention to maximise the use of all available facilities and resources including staff/parent expertise. We look for high levels of achievement in every area of the curriculum .As success in all areas of learning depends on a child’s understanding of the basics, it is essential that due emphasis is placed on building solid foundations. We continue to review and refine the curriculum and our methods of delivery to ensure they remain appropriate in meeting the needs of the children.
There are two main ways in which to deliver the curriculum, one being the subject approach and the other the cross-curricular approach. The children at Thomas Willingale School will experience both approaches as each has something valuable to contribute towards their education.
The subject approach, as it suggests, is the teaching of a particular subject more or less in isolation from other areas of the curriculum, for example, Maths, Science and English. Children will be taught the skills and knowledge of a particular subject and extend their conceptual levels accordingly.
The cross-curricular approach enables the teacher to provide a vehicle through which children can apply the skills and concepts gained from subject teaching. Furthermore, the children become aware of how to use, develop and extend the many skills they are gaining, they see a purpose and value in having those skills.
Throughout your child’s schooling various teaching methods will be used such as the whole class approach, small group work and individual learning. Each has its place in a balanced and well developed curriculum.
Children are taught in mixed ability classes for all subjects.
This year we are introducing the Enrichment Passport to all year groups from Reception to Year 6. These are activities for each year group to complete outside of the National Curriculum. Some activities will be completed in school, some will be set for homework and there may be some you wish to do for yourself with your child. Photographic evidence of your child doing these activities will be asked for if you complete them at home.
These activities are fun activities to get your children trying new things they may not otherwise have the opportunity to; giving them different experiences such as flying a kite or learning new skills such as choreographing a dance. Some of the activities are 'real life' experiences such as checking change in a shop.
Many of the activities will be things you already do with your child - just take a picture of them doing it and send the picture to school and then your child can tick it off their passport.
The passports will be passed from year to year and follow your child as they move through the school.
The full passport is attached here so you can look back at previous year's activities too.
Reading scheme- Reading Planet
We are in the process of updating our reading scheme and will update this page as soon as it is in place.
In school we use a variety of method to teach reading, including shared, group, guided, independent, phonics and being read to. We find that a varied approach is the best way to ensure that child stay engaged in a love of reading and books. We provide many opportunities throughout the day to read, including outdoors by way of our new Literacy summer house and reading chair. Our library is well stocked and utilised and our classes and corridors are full of books.
When children read using a scheme before they become free readers they will read from the Oxford reading tree, rapid readers or hi low schemes. These are progressive an enable children to become fluent. We have recently moved on from using the Bug Club scheme as we found this was not as successful as we had hoped, we are about to launch Reading Planet.
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