Whole School Curriculum
At Welholme Acadamy we provide a curriculum that is broad, rich and creative and most of all relevant and personal to the needs of the children in our school.
The learning opportunities we offer for our pupils are in line with the National Curriculum, National Primary Strategies and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Mathematics and English are planned and assessed using the Focus Education Expectations. In mathematics Welholme Academy uses Busy Ants Maths as its core scheme from year 1 to year 6. In English Read Write Inc is used throughout the school to deliver phonics and beyond, teaching skills in reading, writing and spelling, which are then used across all subjects. Oxford Reading Tree is a supplementary scheme.
RE is taught following the Standing Advisory Councils Religious Education (SACRE) joint Agreed Syllabus
We plan within teams for 'whole school' learning themes that encourage a unity in our learning throughout school. These learning challenges, take account of the new National Curriculum 2014 and provide an exciting topic based learning journey, led by the children's personal interests. It is built on the principle of greater learning involvement for all children. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a series of learning challenge questions. Pre-learning tasks allow teachers to tailor the challenge questions to our children. Each learning journey ends with a celebration to share the learning, to which parents are invited.
See individual class pages for current topic plans.
Our Curriculum Aims:
To offer a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that is lively, engaging and exciting.
Provide a curriculum that is rich and diverse and develops an understanding of the global community.
Support children's learning by providing first hand experiences e.g. through visitors, visits and stimulating displays.
Offer a child centred, personalised approach to teaching and learning.
Provide a clear structure of continuity and progression.
Provide a curriculum that will grow, taking into account emerging technologies and children's interests.
Provide an enriched programme of extra curricular activities.
Set high, realistic expectations in both standards of work and behaviour.
Offer a stimulating learning environment for our pupils.
Work in partnership with, parents, Governors and the community to provide the best learning experience for our children.
Offer pastoral care, guidance and support, providing a secure environment for our pupils and their families.
Foundation Knowledge Organiser
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser
If you would like more information regarding the school's curriculum, please talk to your child's class teacher.
Read Write Inc.
Every child deserves success right from the start. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. This is why we put reading at the heart of what we do.
We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach our children to read and write. Each child is assessed every half term so we can place them in the group where they will make the most progress. We also provide extra daily one-to-one sessions to ensure no child falls behind.
Read Write Inc. Phonics depends upon children learning to read and write sounds effortlessly, so we make it simple and fun. Once the children are confident with this we move onto books which we know they can read. The children will first focus on reading the words carefully, then reading the story fluently and lastly talking about the story. Our aim is that books can be read confidently and with expression.
Read Write Inc. also incorporates spelling and handwriting. Very soon the children are able to write down their own ideas and sentences, drawing on new vocabulary and phrases from the storybook they have just read.
Story time is the highlight of everyday. When reading stories to children it provides them with varied and extensive vocabulary which they can then go on and use in all other areas.
Phonics Screening Check
We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.
We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the Read Write Inc. programmes with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make literacy pleasurable and rewarding for our children.
This badge recognises that we:
- Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
- Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher Mrs Turrell.
- Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
- Release our reading leaders to ensure our high standards are maintained.
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Teaching reading at Welholme Academy
At Welholme Academy we believe that reading is the most important thing that children learn at school. Reading is the key to the future success of our children.
Learning to read is like learning a code and the letters are the symbols for the code. If you know what the symbols mean you can crack the code.
At Welholme Academy we use a scheme called Read Write Inc. This scheme has been devised by Ruth Miskin, a former headteacher of an inner London school where reading was an issue. Her results were remarkable.
Read Write Inc teaches synthetic phonics in a structured and exciting way. Children start the scheme in our Foundation Stage and will work through the programme until they can read confidently with good understanding. The scheme also supports children's writing, giving them the tools to spell and compose.
What is synthetic phonics?
Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading.
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
- the sounds represented by written letters.
- how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds they represent. Children start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. We call this Fred Talk.
Look out for our Read Write Inc parent information meetings and open mornings.
Read Write Inc. Parents Page - CLICK HERE
At Welholme Academy we recognise that Mathematics is essential to everyday life and will equip our children with the skills necessary to become successful learners in their future education, ensure that they have a good understanding of financial literacy and essentially, be proactive and collaborative members of the community.
We believe that everyone at Welholme is a learner and we never give up on achieving our aspirations and dreams of unlocking everyone’s potential. In line with our whole school ethos, we aim to nurture and encourage learners who are resilient when faced with a challenge, collaborative when working with others and aspire to become the best mathematicians they can be.
At Welholme Academy, Y1-Y6 follow White Rose teaching for mastery maths scheme which has been written to support teachers in all aspects of their planning and curriculum design whilst delivering Singapore Maths Mastery methods effectively. Foundation link to the rest of the school by following the White Rose planning. The Foundation overview has been split into number and shape, space and measure. Each section starts with the ELG. The development matters statements are used to break the ELGs down into smaller steps. This is to support our ethos of spending longer on some topics to ensure children have a deep understanding before moving on to the next topic.
For more information regarding our maths curriculum, please talk to your child's class teacher or visit whiterosemaths.com.
Our school has produced a curriculum map to inform parents and teachers which sports and activities will be covered throughout the school year for each year group at Welholme Academy. Our curriculum maps have been designed to ensure that we are providing a broad and balanced program which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for PE.
Click on the links below to view our curriculum maps.
Promoting British Values at Welholme Academy.
The DfE have 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. In our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to child and parent voice. Children and parents are regularly consulted regarding aspects of our school. Our Pupil Council team are appointed by vote and recommendation and they make suggestions, walk the school and share ideas on behalf of all children.
The Rule Of Law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. We have whole school ‘STAR Rules’ and classes may set their own class rules. They are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, caring and supportive environment. From our youngest pupils we encourage our children to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely.
Mutual Respect For And Tolerance Of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs And For Those Without Faith
Mutual Respect: Our school ethos and behaviour policy stems from core values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Collaboration’ and children are encouraged in this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Adults help children understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words that can affect others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: This is achieved through activities aimed at developing our pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and class work involve discussions and activities to celebrate our diverse community of different faiths and different cultural heritage. Using age appropriate language we aim to educate our children about prejudices and prejudice-based issues by learning about these issues in RE and PSHE lessons. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.