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Werneth Primary School

Curriculum

Curriculum

At Werneth Primary we follow the National Curriculum and ensure that we provide our children with a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum which is personalised to meet the needs of our pupils and the school community.

We ensure that social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) learning permeates throughout the curriculum, providing pupils with the opportunity to celebrate the diverse society we live in, with British Values being an integral part of school life.

The topics we study integrate the national curriculum foundation subjects (geography, history, art, design and technology) to ensure there is a cross-curricular approach to learning. We utilise trips, special visitors and practical experiences to enhance the topics and bring them to life for the pupils.

Other subjects such as Science, PSHE, Computing, MFL, RE and PE are taught separately, with lessons carefully planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and also taking into account the interests of our pupils and the needs of our school community.

Please follow the links below to see what topics are studied throughout school.

Our curriculum offer

Please click here to see our over-arching Curriculum Policy.

Please click here to see our long term curriculum overview. This contains details of the Humanities, Science, Art and Design and Design Technology topics studied.

Writing

At Werneth Primary School, we believe that in order for children to view themselves as successful writers, they need to be involved in writing for real purposes and for different audiences based on experiences that we aim to provide. It is our intent to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. Arming our pupils with the ability to write with confidence and accuracy is an essential life skill that we strive to deliver through our curriculum. We aim to plan for cross curricular writing opportunities to enable pupils to demonstrate their writing skills, vocabulary acquisition and understanding in other areas of the curriculum.

Writing Policy

Science

At Werneth Primary School, our science curriculum aims to provide all children with:

  • scientific knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • a developed understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Full entitlement to the aims, objectives and programme of study National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2
  • A sense of curiosity and interest in the world around them.
  • Practical, hands-on, real life experiences that develop children’s knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding.
  • An interest in STEM subjects and are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science Long Term Plan

Computing

At Werneth Primary School, the Purple Mash Computing scheme of work is used to ensure that children progress through the subject content to achieve end of Key Stage attainment targets. The curriculum is organised in a spiral curriculum, with children revisiting the relevant Key Stage attainment targets through a range of progressively more challenging activities. In this way, children secure and deepen their understanding of key Computing concepts (the attainment targets) in a range of different contexts (activities and tasks).
Computing Policy

Humanities (History and Geography)

Our Humanities curriculum emphasises the importance of supporting children to acquire, develop and apply conceptual and subject specific vocabulary verbally and in writing. This provides the children with the cultural capital needed to discuss learning with increasing levels of confidence and apply this newly acquired language when reading, so that they can read and comprehend a range of texts that support further and/or future learning. 

Our curriculum has also been designed to contribute to children’s personal development, with teaching sequences providing opportunities for children to learn about and discuss events from the past and modern day issues and how they shape the way that we live our lives today. We aim to develop critical thinkers, whose behaviour, perspective and personal views are shaped by what they learn.  

Please see the Curriculum overview for details of what each year group will learn about:

Long term curriculum overview

Art and Design and Design Technology

We have recently developed our Art and Design and Design Technology curriculum to show a clear progression of skills, make links (where appropriate) to History, Geography and Science topics and to enhance our cultural offer. Our curriculum progression goes into greater detail that the National Curriculum to break down the aims and objectives into specific knowledge and skills.

Our children will learn about the work of eighteen different great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms while learning skills that will nurture their creative development. Please see the curriculum overview document below for further details:

Art and design and DT curriculum overview

Religious Education (R.E)

Although there is no National Curriculum requirement for RE lessons at primary schools, it remains an important part of all children’s education. Having a religious education is important for giving children insights into different cultures and belief systems. Given that we live in an increasingly multicultural school community, town and broader society, RE is also important for social cohesion, as well as children’s emotional and spiritual development. At Werneth Primary School, we believe that Religious Education (RE) is a vital element of our curriculum.  Within our school community, we have families from more than five different religions. RE supports pupils’ cultural capital and gives them a better understanding of the world around them. 

Religious Education Policy

PSHE and RHSE

The Department for Education produced new guidance for schools about relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) following nationwide consultation in 2019. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education)

At Werneth Primary School, we believe that Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is an important element of our curriculum.  Through a range of topics, we aim to develop a variety of knowledge and skills within our pupils, including:

  • Preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life,
  • The knowledge to recognise what is healthy and unhealthy,
  • The ability to make informed decisions about their health and well-being,
  • The confidence to come forward to report or seek advice if they are concerned or feel unsafe about themselves or others,
  • To recognise positive, healthy and respectful relationships,
  • A deeper understanding of internet safety and harms,
  • Helping to safeguard pupils, so they can find and access help and support,
  • Teaching tolerance, the importance of equality, and respect for diversity,
  • Have high aspirations and make a positive contribution to our community,
  • Develop pupil’s self-respect and self-worth, confidence, and empathy,
  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place,
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of development and the importance of health and hygiene,
  • Create an understanding of positive relationships,
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies,

Alongside this, all schools need to consider the obligations contained in the Equality Act 2010 and their responsibilities outlined in Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for schools in England (EHRC, 2014).

Please read our policy for details of how RSHE is taught at Werneth Primary School

RSHE Policy June 2021

Music 

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

At Werneth Primary School, we believe that children should have the same opportunities to engage with, experience and learn about music. We aim for all children to be able to play two musical instruments (a glockenspiel and a brass instrument) by the time they leave our school. This forms part of our core offer and develops learners' cultural capital.

 Music Policy

Physical Education (P.E)

At Werneth Primary School, we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. 

The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.  PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills.

At Werneth, we also aim to develop pupils’ subject specific vocabulary and speaking and listening skills through a range of self and peer assessment opportunities.  These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning. 

Physical Education (P.E) Policy

Covid catch up plan

Please click below to see details of our Covid catch-up plan:

Reviewed Covid catch-up plan- July, 2021