Relevant – We are proud that our curriculum is personal to the children and community in which they live. It is relevant, meaningful and takes into consideration current issues happening both within and beyond Mexborough.
Challenging – Our pupils access a skills based curriculum which deepens and enhances their thinking and understanding. We provide opportunities for all children to apply fundamental reading, writing, mathematics and speaking & listening skills across the curriculum, fully embedding learning and preparing them for their futures beyond the school gates.
Aspirational – There are no limits to what the children at Windhill Primary can achieve – our curriculum promotes pupils to have high aspirations and a belief that they can achieve whatever they wish!
Hands-on – First hand experiences; visits, visitors and outdoor learning, are woven throughout our curriculum providing children with exciting and meaningful memories that enhance their learning journeys and time in school.
Fully Inclusive – Our curriculum and provision is tailored for all groups of learners regardless of age, gender or background. We ensure that any barriers to learning are removed in order that all children achieve their potential and beyond!
Engaging – Developing a lifelong love of learning is a key element in our curriculum. We aim to make learning memorable and to make learning stick. The curriculum excites and inspires our children.
Child-led – Children play an active role in continually developing and enhancing our curriculum. We are led by children’s interests and value their input and ideas.
Flying High for Excellence
Our curriculum promotes the intellectual, personal, social and physical development of all of our pupils. The National Curriculum and the EYFS documentation are important elements within the school's curriculum, which is a skills based curriculum with a focus on learning challenges which allow children to be involved in their learning. Please see our Curriculum Maps (below) for more detailed information on each subject.
The Structure of our Curriculum
The Foundation Stage curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the Early Excellence Centre and aims to provide a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities through effective continuous provision. This provision is enhanced regularly and is ever-changing as we strive to develop and focus on children's interests to help engage and inspire both indoors and outdoors. The curriculum meets all of the standards of the Early Years Foundation Framework and is used alongside the Development Matters documentation to provide a secure foundation for all children for good progress through school and life.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
Topics are taught on a two year rolling programme across the Key Stages, with vertical, horizontal and diagonal links between subjects carefully woven into the curriculum to ensure pupil learning is purposeful, progressive and deep. Children's interests are at the centre of our planning to ensure that pupils are keen to learn and progress, and there is an emphasis on skills and knowledge based learning to give children solid foundations for their ongoing development, meeting the individual learning styles of each child.
Each Key Stage curriculum overview sets out what should be taught, and assessment statements set out the expected standards of pupil's performance for each year group in all subjects. Subject Leaders have created units of work for each year group, which closely match the requirements set out by the National Curriculum. The Foundation Stage follows the EYFS Framework.
Subjects taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 are as follows with the addition of French for KS2:
English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Design Technology, Art, PE, PHSCE (Personal, Health, Social Citizenship Education) and MFL in all Key Stage 2 year groups (Spanish).
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Reading & Phonics Schemes
In Key Stage 1, phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds. This is supported by a range of levelled decodable reading books used in guided reading sessions and for individual readers. The school reading scheme, chosen to compliment this, is Collins Big Cat and is supplemented with a wide range of Oxford Reading Tree titles. All pupils have opportunities to read with an adult as well as independently in school, and are also given time to read for pleasure. We also encourage all children to read at home, independently and with adults. Little and often is best.