Our Approach to Teaching the Curriculum
At Winwick CE Primary School School, we foster a community atmosphere, which encourages children to develop positive attitudes based on Christian principles. We expect children to show concern and respect for others and to develop confident inter-personal relationships. Our purpose is to promote happiness and security of the children both as individuals and as members of a community, in order that each and every child may increase his or her skills, knowledge and understanding in a happy and secure school environment.
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum policy, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Consequently we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their further educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens within our society.
The National Curriculum
Children in the Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum this comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are:
Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language.
Four Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.
Children in Years 1 to 6 (Key Stages 1 and 2) follow the subjects of the National Curriculum.
There are eleven compulsory subjects in the National Curriculum, as follows:
Core Subjects English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology, Religious Education.
Non-Core Subjects Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art and Design, Music, and Physical Education
Children work progressively through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study as they move through their Primary and Secondary schools. Children in year Groups 1 and 2 will work through Key Stage 1 (levels 1 – 3), whilst children in Year Groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 will work through Key Stage 2 (levels 2 - 5).
The delivery of the whole curriculum is achieved through a mixture of cross-curricular and subject specific teaching. Cross-curricular work involves teaching and learning activities based on a theme, or topic, involving the children in work which links subjects together. Subject specific teaching focuses on core skills, such as literacy and numeracy and gives teachers the flexibility to respond to individual learning needs. The application of these approaches results in a carefully planned progression of the acquisition of knowledge and skills. In order to ensure this progression, teachers take into account the child’s previous achievements and any learning needs the child may have.
The following are the main aims by which we expect our work as a school to be evaluated
We aim to:
i) Help children to develop enquiring minds which are lively, imaginative and creative and to develop within children the skills of rational thinking and application to mental and physical tasks.
ii) Give children knowledge, skills and understanding which will be relevant to their future development and adult needs in a rapidly changing world.
iii) Give children skills of written and spoken language and the confidence to use these skills effectively.
iv) Give children skills of numeracy and mathematics and the understanding to use them as tools of communication
v) Teach an understanding of, and respect for, the cultural values of people of other religions and races and their ways of life.
vi) Instil an understanding of and respect for the Earth environment and the ways in which individuals, groups and nations are interdependent on each other and the Earth’s resources.
vii) Encourage self-respect and the development of skills required to live as an independent, self-motivated adult, contributing to the well-being of society as an active member of society, taking into account the viewpoints and opinions of other members.
viii) Give children the discriminatory skills to enable them to appreciate human achievements in language, mathematics, science and technology, the arts and sport.
ix) Foster a positive attitude amongst pupils to the need to develop self-discipline as a means to achieving successful work and social habits, and to begin to accept responsibility for planning and organising their own learning targets.
x) Give pupils the maximum possible support in preparation for the requirements of their High School education at the age of transfer.