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Curriculum

We aim to provide rich learning experiences that allow every child to master basic skills, discover and develop talents, deepen interests and succeed in ways they did not imagine possible.

EARLY YEARS Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

There are three prime areas of learning which are vitally important and underpin all future learning, which are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Developmen

There are also four specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

e use a form of play-based learning (which we call mix-up time) that allows for individual differences and provides first-hand real experiences. Adults working with children make regular, formal observations and record these in their foundation stage profiles.

Early reading and early mathematics

For early reading, we follow a synthetic phonics scheme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ This is taught within a text rich environment where children are encouraged to read for pleasure. Children in Reception and Year 1 have a daily phonics lesson (of varying lengths), completing all the phases before continuing with English lessons further up the school.

Early mathematics is taught through the use of ‘Mathematics Mastery’. Mathematics Mastery is an innovative maths teaching framework that focuses on using mathematics principles to problem-solve. We use objects, pictures and words to help pupils explore maths and understand the role it plays in their lives.
 

 

Curriculum design principles

Our Design Principle

Rationale

Mastery of basic skills

  • Foundation skills of reading, writing, speaking, counting and calculating
  • Practice and persistence are key to developing basic skills
  • Transition to automatic working memory from basic skills

Practical, active learning

  • Multi-modal presentation of key ideas and learning
  • Deep learning based on experience and exploration
  • Active construction of understanding
  • Concrete resources, and use of artefacts
  • External visits and visitors to the school
  • Drama and debate
  • Collaborative tasks

Meaningful and high quality outcomes

  • Develops reflectiveness and willingness to evaluate and improve work of own and others
  • Encourages high expectations and high personal quality standards
  • Requires practice, attention to detail, redrafting, persistence and resilience
  • Multi-modal expression and demonstration of learning and understanding  e.g. artwork, piece of writing, presentation, performance, music composition
  • Particular emphasis on educational drama performance and high quality writing
  • Clear awareness of audience

Problem-solving

  • Requires children to think!
  • Opportunity to apply, generalise, explain, teach and reason, all of which strengthen knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Real life contexts to make learning relevant
  • Challenges children and extends their thinking
  • Requires persistence, resilience, resourcefulness, and innovative thinking

Use of rich texts

  • High quality language models
  • Higher enjoyment and engagement
  • Stimulates deep, immersive learning
  • Encourages broad reading for pleasure
Integrated and extended
  • Making and strengthening links and ideas
  • Engaging and stimulating interest
Enquiry-led
  • Starting from children’s own interests and prior knowledge
  • Co-construction of lines of enquiry
  • Makes learning purposeful and relevant
  • Extends children’s thinking
  • Inspires and motivates learners
 

Please click link below to view our curriculum map.

Curriculum Map | Pdf

Specialist teaching

At Wimbledon Park children enjoy specialist teaching in French, music and sport.

French is taught weekly to children in years 2-6 in a dedicated languages room. The children develop their spoken and written language, and in Year 5 they visit Boulogne for the day where they practise their French in a boulangerie.

All children are taught to play the recorder in Year 3. We also offer tuition in a variety of instruments including the drums, piano, keyboard, violin, flute, trumpet, French horn, guitar and clarinet. There are annual music concerts where all the children can take part including our Christmas singing concert, Summer Serenade, year group performances and our Year 6 summer production. We have 2 choirs, a samba drumming group, a woodwind group and a number of bands, all of which are overseen by our specialist music teacher. 

AM Soccer School provide specialist sports teaching. They offer full curriculum coverage, extra curricular sport/activity clubs as well as competitive competitions within school, across the local area and Merton borough.

 

BRITISH VALUES

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Wimbledon Park Primary School the following activities and approaches embed the five fundamental values into school life and the curriculum:

Democracy

  • Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaire.
  • The elections of school council members are based solely on pupil votes.
  • Year 6 leadership teams lead on many initiatives with the support of their peers
  • CTC and Thinking Station are peer mentoring roles which see children ‘employed’ in roles and delivering sanctions and support for their peers

The Rule of Law

  • The importance of laws/rules are consistently reinforced throughout assemblies and PSHE lessons, as well as when dealing with behaviour.
  • Year 5 – Fight for Freedom look at the Laws of the Apartheid government in South Africa
  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules - that they protect us and ensure all are safe and cared for, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws/rules are broken.
  • Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices (particularly around learning choice and within social times), knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment – developing the children’s autonomy and responsibility for their learning.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely -  through our E-Safety (computing) and PSHE lessons.
  • Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect
  • Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy ‘we care for ourselves and others’. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
  • Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, within assemblies, PSHE lessons as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Pupils understanding of their place in our local diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity is developed through the Merton SACRE scheme- broad and balance education on different faiths
  • Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
  • Members of different faiths or religions and those who speak languages other than English are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
  • Visits, where possible, to local places of worship to enhance and develop the children’s experiences of faith and belief systems

 

Parent Resources

We hold regular information evenings for parents focused on different curriculum areas.  Resources from these evenings are published below.

This year we have had a particular focus on teaching for mastery of mathematics.  There have been two parent information evenings and the presentations from these are below:

 

Parent presentation on the Shanghai Exchange 2019
Parent presentation on teaching for mastery of mathematics
Parent presentation on mental maths fluency
Parent presentation on place value 2019
Parent presentation on addition and subtraction 2019

 

Our approach to reading is outlined in the document below, shared with parents at an education evening in January 2017:

 Reading Education Evening

This year, we have introduced our Reading for Pleasure scheme to expose children to a variety of high quality texts. Details of this policy, as well as a list of the selected books are detailed below:

 

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