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Curriculum

 

Growing Our Future

 

Growing confident and aspirational children who believe in themselves and contribute positively to their community and the wider world.

 

 Curriculum Intent

 

At William Gladstone C of E Primary Academy, we educate for resilience, aspiration and, with the help of the church, celebrate our community so that all children develop the knowledge, skills and character to live happy, healthy and successful lives.

We aim to cultivate the wellness, gifts and talents of every child and equip them with the wisdom, knowledge and skills to live life in all its fullness. We aim to do this through the personal, social and spiritual development of every child 

 

Community - which helps pupils to be an active, responsible member of our school, the locality, our country and the world. The recent period of instability is being addressed through topics and experiences that unite us as a school family which is, as a result, being empowered to have a positive impact on the world around it. A sense of ‘giving back’, ‘making a difference’ and ‘feeling valued’ will be the outcomes of placing this driver at the centre of our curriculum.

 

Aspiration – our aim is to radically transform pupils’ expectations about what they are capable of achieving, experiencing and contributing. We believe that they each have immense potential and we intend to unlock this through exciting opportunities with the world of work and influential projects that shows them that they can achieve great things.

 

Resilience – growing up is not easy. We acknowledge the unique difficulties and challenges that many of our young people face in our community. They can overcome these but need to develop a strong ability to persist when they find things difficult. We model the language of resilience and develop resourceful attitudes in all children so that they choose never to quit but become confident learners who believe in themselves and their abilities.

 

Christian Distinctiveness- through our core values of kindness, friendship and faith we develop the social, moral and spiritual development of all pupils so that they can live life in all its fullness.

 

Sustained mastery – Nothing is learned unless it rests in pupils’ long-term memories.  This does not happen, and cannot be assessed, in the short term.  Assessment, therefore answers two main questions: ‘How well are pupils coping with curriculum content? and ‘How well are they retaining previously taught content?’

 

Implementation

 

Our curriculum design is based on what we know about effective learning for our children

 
  1. learning is most effective with spaced repetition
  2. Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids

          long-term retention.

     3. Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

    4. When we make learning enjoyable and engaging, children find it easier to make memories and build connections between experiences. This develops a love of learning.

 

In addition to the three principles we also understand that learning is invisible in the short-term and that sustained mastery takes time.  All learning objectives are therefore taught repeatedly in each key stage allowing for the skills and concepts to become fully embedded.

Some of our content is subject specific, whilst other content is combined in a cross-curricular approach.  Continuous provision, in the form of daily routines, replaces the teaching of some aspects of the curriculum and, in other cases, provides retrieval practise for previously learned content.

 

Impact

 

The desired impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each Key Stage, the vast majority of pupils will have sustained mastery of the content that they have been taught- they remember it all and are fluent in it. Some pupils will have a greater depth of understanding. 

 

Children will all have grown in knowledge, wisdom and confidence. They will be resilient and resourceful learners who have high aspirations for themselves. They will work together and will be having a positive impact on their school, local community and the wider world. They will be responsible, respectful, healthy and kind; they will have great potential for future success in all areas of life.

 

At William Gladstone C of E Primary Academy, we educate for resilience, aspiration and, with the help of the church, celebrate our community so that all children develop the knowledge, skills and character to live happy, healthy and successful lives.

We aim to cultivate the wellness, gifts and talents of every child and equip them with the wisdom, knowledge and skills to live life in all its fullness. We aim to do this through the personal, social and spiritual development of every child. Please see our Curriculum Vision on the right hand page.

 

The full curriculum offer at William Gladstone

Phonics at William Gladstone

William Gladstone our children follow the Read Write Inc. programme in phonics.

How it works?

The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with a teacher or a teaching assistant to learn the sounds that they need to know. At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again.

 

Reading:

Through RWI the children will learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. The children learn to read real and 'nonsense' words by blending sounds together. These sounds can be stretchy sounds or bouncy sounds.

Blending:

Children learn to read words by blending the letter/sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets. You can help your child to read words by sound-blending (Fred Talk) e.g. c-a-t= cat. In phonics we use pure sounds. This means removing the 'uh' from the sounds.

How we teach reading:

Children learn to read in different ways and at different ages. The first part of a child's journey towards being a successful reader starts when the child is a baby and is listening to stories and rhymes. This encourages a love of language and stories and develops the child's vocabulary and understanding of language as they start to become familiar with what words mean and what they look like. Our teachers continue to build on this through story time, interactions with the children, reading across the curriculum and setting u books corners in each class to support your child in developing a love for reading.

In KS1 and FS your child will begin to start their reading journey with learning phonics. This is to support the children in recognising what each letter sounds like and how they can be blended to make a word. At William Gladstone we teach phonics using the RWI scheme (Please see our phonics information sheet for more detail.)

Once the children are secure in their phonics knowledge and throughout their time in school we build upon other reading skills:

  • Identify the words in print –word recognition
  • Construct an understanding from them –comprehension and inference
  • Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate – fluency.

 

Writing at William Gladstone

At William Gladstone, we strive to instill a love of writing through fun and enjoyable activities. We use the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ process to build resilient, successful and independent story-tellers. We focus on both oral and written pieces of work across a variety of both fiction and non-fiction genres.

Children are encouraged to magpie ideas from well-loved tales to create their own story plots and characters. As children progress, they will increase their bank of writing skills and techniques. Lessons are exciting and engaging using multi-sensory methods to ensure that all children can access the learning regardless of age or ability. Wherever possible, we link writing genres to current year group topics and use a range of up to date visual literacy to provide stimulus for writing.

MATHS

William Gladstone Primary Academy is working hard to transform the teaching of maths working alongside the White Rose Maths Hub scheme. Our aim is to develop a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress.

Inspired and informed by robust, world-class research and global maths experts, the White Rose Hub works with teachers and colleagues throughout the UK and internationally.

By building confidence, resilience and a passion for maths, William Gladstone Primary aims to shoe that whatever your prior experience or preconceptions, maths is an exciting adventure that everyone can enjoy, value and master!

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/who-we-are/about-white-rose-maths/

 

 

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