At Wells Hall Primary School, we intend to have a highly motivating and stimulating curriculum which encourages children to ask questions, be independent learners, collaborate and be aspirational. The curriculum is a way in which we make the learning meaningful for the children.
There is a clear rationale behind our curriculum, and careful thought and planning has gone into each of our areas of learning to allow for concept progression and links. For example, in Years 1 to 6, pupils will be taught either a history or geography focus. Prior to learning about Ancient Greece with a history focus in Year 5, they will have learnt about where Greece is, the climate of Greece and compared it to the UK in their geography before this. Pupils are then able to make links between subjects, whilst also having clarity about their learning in history and geography, Pupils also revisit 'bigger' concepts such as migration and civilisation, and using their knowledge organisers are able to revisit their prior learning. There is also a bigger emphasis on vocabulary and reading between subjects. This is so that pupils are clear in the meanings of technical vocabulary that they are learning about, but are then able to able to apply it in other areas of the curriculum. For example, pupils will revisit the word archaeologist in their history topics consistently so that when it appears in a text such as Katherine Rundell's 'The Explorer', pupils will know what it means and the meaning behind the word.
The curriculum is the driver in which we are able to implement the school's values, as outlined in the ethos statement; the values of respecting others, their own local environment and the wider world. The impact of our curriculum will be seen in not only in measurable attainment and progress but that Wells Hall Primary School creates polite, well-mannered caring members of our school community who understand and respect everybody’s differences and needs.