Willow Brook Primary School Curriculum Statement September 2019
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 focus on the core requirements of the English and mathematics syllabus, our 2019/2020 creative programme is devised to encourage cross-curricular learning by taking a topic-based approach. By posing key ideas and ambitious areas for investigation, our pupils meet a range of learning styles that comprehensively cover the 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 allow us to address time relevant skills and national events, promoting understanding that the children need to fulfill their role as citizens of the world. We plan as many adventures out of the classroom to build social learning and broaden experiences. Our goal is to make sure that residential experiences as well as regular day trips are a highlight of each term.
Willow Brook children are unique and their journey through their primary years must reflect their current culture and capitalise on their future potential. We aim to put this thought at the heart of our endeavours.
Our Autumn 2019 whole school curriculum plan:
What a Knight! Creative curriculum planning whole school
Our Summer curriculum plans are:
Whole School Plan – Order! Order! Creative curriculum planning
EYFS – All Creatures Great and Small Creative curriculum plan – Year R
Year 1 – Life on the Ocean Waves Creative Curriculum Plan – Year 1
Year 2 – Funny Bones Creative curriculum planning – Year 2
Year 3 – Fields of Gold Creative Curriculum planning – Year 3
Year 4 – What Makes us Human? Curriculum plan Year 4
Year 5 – So Much Universe, So Little Time Creative curriculum planning – Year 5
Year 6 – Natural Disasters Creat?ive Curriculum planning – Year 6
Our Spring 2019 curriculum plans were:
Our whole school Spring STEM topic Wacky Rally Creative Curriculum plan
EYFS – Ordinary Heroes Creative curriculum plan – Year R
Year 1 – A Part of my World Creative curriculum plan – Year 1
Year 2 – Location, Location, Location Creative curriculum plan – Year 2
Year 3 – A Brave New World Creative curriculum plan – Year 3
Year 4 – A Place to Call Home Creative curriculum plan – Year 4
Year 5 – The Great Game of Britain Creative curriculum plan – Year 5
Year 6 – The Impact of the Human Race Creative Curriculum plan – Year 6
Our Autumn curriculum plans were:
EYFS – A Fairy Tale Adventure 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Reception
Year 1 – Up Up and Away! 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Year 1
Year 2 – Race Across the Decades 2018 creative curriculum planning – Year 2
Year 3 – Set in Stone 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Year 3
Year 4 – What did the Romans ever do for us? 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Year 4
Year 5 – History’s Greatest Invaders 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Year 5
Year 6 – What are we Fighting for? 2018 Creative curriculum planning – Year 6
Our Year Group Plans for 2018 /2019 are as follows:
Whilst our Reception children have their own Early Years Curriculum, they follow the same topic plan and work collaboratively with Year 1.
Our phonics scheme is based on Letters and Sounds.
Summary of our vision for a ‘dream curriculum’
Our teachers (and children) continue to hold the view that an ideal curriculum that suits the ethos of Willow Brook would include…
Continued focused skills teaching in English and Maths – providing meaningful opportunities for children to apply the skills they learn
Practical, investigative science
History and Geography – using trips and visitors etc to bring these and other topics to life
Lots of opportunities for non-academic achievement
Taking as much learning as possible/practical outdoors
More opportunities for adventure and risk taking
Investigation through ‘making’ and exploring & self expression through music and drama
“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift, not as a hard duty.” Albert Einstein
National Curriculum: Early Years Foundation Stage Framework:
National Curriculum: Primary Curriculum:
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:
- know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise diversity which exists in our society.
- 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
- 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.