Willow Brook Primary School Curriculum Statement September 2021

At Willow Brook Primary School we are dedicated to growing bright young minds and inspiring lifelong learners. It is of importance to us that within our school community we develop children’s confidence and encourage commitment to becoming the best they can be in all areas of their learning and life at school. In doing this we aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain through our broad, balanced curriculum and a strong ethos that underpins all that we do.

As well as having a clear focus on the core requirements of the English and mathematics syllabuses, our 2021/2022 creative programme is devised to encourage cross-curricular learning by taking a thematic approach. By posing key ideas and ambitious areas for investigation, our pupils meet a range of learning styles that comprehensively cover the Primary National Curriculum. Every other half term the school works collaboratively on whole school topics that also promote a creative approach to teaching and learning. These topics inspire and immerse children in learning opportunities whilst providing a well-balanced experience that meets the individual development of all children from EYFS to Year 6. The impromptu planning of these three whole school topics allows us to address time relevant skills and global events, promoting understanding that the children need to fulfill their role as citizens of the world. We plan many adventures out of the classroom to build social learning and broaden horizons. Our goal is to make sure that residential experiences as well as regular day trips and walking out into our community are highlights of each term.

Confidence in the right measure is such an asset to a young child. At Willow Brook we provide opportunities beyond the classroom to nurture social skills and build resilience. Opportunities to debate and perform stand alongside competition and extra curricular experiences. Our annual productions are a highlight of the year and communicate what can be achieved when everyone works together towards a high quality outcome!

Willow Brook children are unique and their journey through their primary years must reflect their current culture and capitalise on their future potential. The staff team are committed to putting this thought at the heart of our endeavour.

Our terms are divided into two. A unique year group cross-curricular half term is followed by a whole-school theme. This allows for a blend of indepth, age-related learning

Our current whole school overview is:

Whole School Overview of themes 2021 2022

This half term’s current Creative Curriculum plans are:

2021 Curriculum Plan Autumn Year 6 From Field to Factory

2021 Curriculum plan autumn Year 5 Becoming Britain

2021 Curriculum plan autumn Year 4 What did the Romans ever do?

2021 Curriculum Plan Autumn Year 3 The Dawn of Man

2021 Curriculum Plan Autumn Year 2 To Boldly Go!

2021 Curriculum Plan Autumn Year 1 The Living Years

2021 Curriculum Plan Autumn Year R By Royal Invitation

 

Our last whole school Creative Curriculum topic was based on the game of Trivial Pursuit:

Trivial Pursuit Spring Term Whole School topic 2021 

Within these plans, all areas and objectives of the Primary National Curriculum are covered. As a school, we carefully consider how each subject builds in terms of content and skills so that progress across the school is clear. The Willow Brook ethos runs through the intent and implementation of each area so that the impact of all that we plan and deliver promotes our high standard and creative approach.

English
Geography
Art
Mathematics
RE & PSHE
D&T
Science
Computing
Music
History
PE
Languages

Our Year Group Plans and core subject expectations for 2020 are as follows:

curriculum Year 1

End of Year Expectations for Y1

curriculum Year 2

End of Year Expectations for Y2

curriculum Year 3

End of Year Expectations for Y3

curriculum Year 4

End of Year Expectations for Y4

curriculum Year 5

End of Year Expectations for Y5

curriculum Year 6

End of Year Expectations for Y6

Whilst our Reception children have their own Early Years Curriculum, they follow the same topic plan and often work collaboratively with Year 1.

Our phonics scheme is based on Letters and Sounds.

End of Year Expectations for YR

National Curriculum: Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2

National Curriculum: Primary Curriculum:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

Religious Education at Willow Brook

As a school in the County of Nottinghamshire we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, “RE for All”.  Through the use of the Syllabus we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insights and knowledge to equip them as responsible members in our society.   The Syllabus we follow encourages pupils to discover more about religion and world views on a range of topics.  They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life.   The three fold aims of RE in Nottinghamshire will ensure that our pupils:

  1. know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise diversity which exists in our society.
  2. can express ideas and insights  about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
  3. develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views

By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE will contribute to a whole range of school priorities. Their study will promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, as well as enabling them to consider British Values such as tolerance and respect for other who hold different world views.

Although RE is statutory, as in all schools, parents do have the right to withdraw their child from lessons or collective worship (see our collective worship policy).  Please speak to the Head Teacher should you wish to discuss this.

If you would like to know more about the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus a copy is available for you to read in the school.

If there is anything further you wish to know about our curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details are published within the ‘Contact Us’ section of the website.