Wolverton Primary School

Curriculum Overview

Wolverton Primary School aims to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which has been designed to allow pupils to become increasing proficient in developing progressive learning skills.  The intention of our curriculum is that by the end of Year 6 pupils will develop the following skills and attributes on their primary school learning journey;

Pupils will:

  • Be inspired to have a love of learning and thirst for knowledge. They will be reflective learners with enquiring minds, which will support their future learning.
  • Communicate effectively through spoken and written forms using rich and varied vocabulary and have the skills to manage situations.
  • Be able to make links between previous learning and new knowledge and skills.
  • Be respectful and resilient learners, who can relate to people. manage information
  • Think creatively to solve problems independently and collaboratively and have the skills to manage information
  • Have the ability to recognise their personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be responsible and reflective citizens with an understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe, and to be effective 21st century citizens.
  • Be able to make active and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Use the local, natural environment to enhance their learning and have an awareness of global and national issues.
  • Have an appreciation and understanding of our diverse and creative world.
  • Have skills to access their next phase of education

The delivery of our curriculum is based on the following evidence-based principles:

  • Short and frequent reviews of previous learning allow fluent recall.
  • New material is presented in small steps to allow time for practice.
  • Teachers use a wide range of questioning strategies to encourage active participation, build confidence and connect with prior learning.
  • Provide pupils with models and worked examples to help them learn to solve problems faster.
  • Teachers will check for pupil understanding and guide pupil practice.
  • Pupils will be provided with opportunities for independent, extensive practice to allow them to develop fluency and consolidate learning.
  • We will provide pupils with appropriate support and scaffolds to assist them in their learning.
  • Teachers will provide opportunities to reflect and act on learning regularly.
  • Teachers will, at every opportunity, make explicit cross-curricular links to enhance learning.
  • The curriculum and it’s learning experiences are designed and sequenced in order to ensure children connect old and new knowledge, allowing them to develop competency and fluency across all topics.

The ‘Wolverton Curriculum Framework’ document outlines the aims and ambitions of our curriculum, the learning journey, including our curriculum structure, our approach to evaluation and the expected outcomes of our pupils.

Our curriculum takes full account of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the current statutory National Curriculum and is planned, with the exception of the Reception class, in phases rather than separate year groups to meet the needs of our mixed age classes.

Topic Plans

Curriculum & Assessment Guide

Year 1 to Year 6

This guide is intended to support parents of our primary school children Year 1 to Year 6. It would be impossible to set out in detail everything your child would learn during their six years of statutory primary education, but by providing an outline of typical content and some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works, hopefully this information will help parents support their children in making the most of their learning at Wolverton.

English, Maths and Science are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer: schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects.

Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focused on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past.

High Achievers

If your child is achieving well, rather than moving on to the following year group’s work at Wolverton School we will encourage more in-depth and investigative work to allow a greater mastery and understanding of concepts and ideas.

New tests were produced for the summer of 2016 onwards to assess work from the new curriculum.

Tests your child will take

Lots of schools use tests at all stages of their work. For the most part, these are part of a normal classroom routine, and support teachers’ assessment. However, at certain stages of schooling there are also national tests which must be taken by all children in state schools. Often informally known as ‘SATs’, the National Curriculum Tests are compulsory for children at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.

Children in these year groups undertake tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling.

The new National Curriculum Tests for children in Year 2 and Year 6 take place each summer from 2016. Tests for Y6 pupils are sent away for marking, and results are reported to schools and parents at the end of the year.

Where previously these tests – and other teacher assessments – were graded in levels (normally numbering between Level 1 and Level 6 in primary school), from 2016 the tests results are reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level for each age group. The school will provide accompanying information to parents to explain how children are progressing at the end of the year.

To see the curriculum overview grids which outline the topics your child will cover over our two year rolling programme click here. Your child will cover all of the topics shown and therefore cover the content of the National Curriculum by the end of each phase.

Useful Links

The National Curriculum