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Our Curriculum Vision.
The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school. From September 2014, schools teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils took on a new Primary National Curriculum. This now applies to all pupils.
English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week, however we endeavor to make cross curricular links and often use science as part of our English curriculum. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (KS2 only), Geography, History, Music, R.E and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects.
Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focused on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. For example, in mathematics there is now much greater focus on the skills of arithmetic and also on working with fractions. In science, a new unit of work on evolution is introduced for Year 6; work which would have previously been studied in secondary school. In English more attention will be paid to the study of grammar and spelling; an area which was far less notable previously. This has meant that although the core principles are still outlined, it has given schools more freedom with the breadth of the content particularly within the foundation subjects.
The Willesley Curriculum is the whole learning experience. The National Curriculum forms the backbone of our curriculum and it is then the creativity and experience of the teaching staff then bring this to life. Our enthusiastic and committed staff enable the children to experience high quality learning opportunities. They differentiate lessons so that they are accessible for all abilities, whilst incorporating challenge into lessons to stretch thinking. They support all vulnerable groups, and individual children’s, needs through detailed planning and targeted intervention and through continuous assessment.
Along with planned lessons and routines, our curriculum includes after school activities and clubs, roles and responsibilities within the school community, enhanced and enrichment activities such as visits to museums and the theatre, and activities to develop understanding and tolerance of the needs of others such as charity events and fund raising.
At Willesley we have a very strong sporting background and pride ourselves on our sporting prowess. We have strong links to the Schools Sports Partnership within Northwest Leicestershire and as such take part in a range of sporting activities throughout the school year. Our teams routinely, by winning their events, take part in the Schools Games at the end of the school year and have enjoyed great success. We encourage a positive sporting attitude with emphasis on being gracious in victory and defeat. We offer activities out of school hours; including cross country events and our football teams travel to local schools to take part in the Rice Bowl and Kirby Shield events.
Through creative, cross-curricular themes children learn different strands of the curriculum from the range of subjects taught, all within one common theme for a term or half a term. We aim to inspire children, through exciting and creative hooks. Whilst our curriculum includes the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, it also aims to provide a range of experiences to enhance and enrich learning and development of all. These range from excursions or visits within the locality to welcoming visitors on site as well as working with the community such as the local church. We also organize in–school events to add further enrichment such as Musical Evenings and Talent Shows. Our children also have the opportunity to go on two residential visits during their time at school.
As a school in North West Leicestershire we endeavor to prepare our children for life in a culturally diverse world. We acknowledge events on the cultural calendar, involving different faiths, to support our place in a multicultural society whilst also fulfilling the requirement to promote British values.
In Key Stage One, we use Jolly Phonics and Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme.
Follow the curriculum links below to see our topic overview. This is a work in progress and will be amended and added to throughout the school year.
If you wish to find out any further details regarding the curriculum, please contact the school office