Our Curriculum Intent
At Wormholt, our aim is to provide children with an adventure in learning through a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills-based curriculum. The curriculum we offer incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum and has been designed to meet the needs of all our learners.
Our ambitious curriculum recognises all children as individuals and supports them to recognise they have a role to play as members of the local, national and global community.
We aim to deepen children's learning at all levels across a broad and balanced range of learning opportunities. Our staff use their knowledge of what pupils already know and understand and what they will learn in the future, to pitch the curriculum at the right level. The curriculum is designed to consolidate prior learning by revisiting knowledge and skills time and time again to ensure that all children know more, remember more and can do more. This means every child will make progress at Wormholt Park School.
We believe that reading is the first priority in a child’s learning adventure. We are determined that all pupils will learn to read, regardless of their background, need or abilities; our curriculum is designed to ensure children have access to reading activities in all subjects and Teachers read a huge variety of written material regularly with the children; fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc. As a result children develop a lifelong love for reading.
To teach early reading and phonics our school uses the ‘Letters and Sounds' phonics programme from Nursery to Year 2 and in Key Stage 2 when needed and for new arrivals for which English is an additional language.
Our skills-based learning provides classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired. Our Skills Builder program fully supports this approach, with vital skills taught, developed and practised time and time again across our broad and balanced curriculum.
We create a happy, friendly, stimulating working atmosphere, where we place great importance on trips, workshops, clubs and other exciting opportunities to develop children’s cultural capital and to ensure learning comes to life!
Whilst the teaching and learning of Maths and English is a crucial part of everyday learning, the social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of every child, is also a key part of our curriculum. We will celebrate all types of achievements so that everybody experiences the fulfilment of personal and shared success
‘Rights’ education is embedded within our curriculum and all children know and can use the language of rights. Our status as a Gold ‘Rights Respecting’ school demonstrates our commitment to developing pupils’ tolerance and understanding of others and equipping them for life in a diverse and rapidly changing society. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we endeavour to provide learning experiences for pupils that enable them to realise their strengths and potential, regardless of gender, background or ability.
Curriculum Overview - Reception to Year 6
Please use the links below to see a curriculum overview for each year group
Please click below to access the New National Curriculum. This document shows the content of the curriculum Wormholt Park follows in each academic year for every subject.
At Wormholt Park School, we have developed Knowledge Organisers to support children's learning.
The Knowledge Organisers are shared with parents and children at the start of each topic.
They present key facts and information on a single page, which give children the ’big picture’ of what they are required to learn in topics taught throughout the academic year.
Please click on the links in the Topic Map below, to see all the Knowledge Organisers!
Whole School Topic Map
English - Phonics and Early Reading
We believe that reading is the first priority in a child’s learning adventure. We are determined that all pupils at Wormholt Park School will learn to read and develop a lifelong love for reading!
At Wormholt Park we teach phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. All children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 take part in daily phonics lessons.
These daily 20-minute lesson are planned and structured using guidance from the government document ‘Letters and Sounds’. Click on picture below to find out more!
'Letters and Sounds' is a comprehensive, synthetic phonics programme aimed at teaching children how to read. The 44+ phonemes and spelling strategies are divided and taught in 6 phases.
Phase 1 is taught in Nursery
Phase 2, 3 and 4 in Reception
Phase 4 and 5 in Year 1
Phase 6 in Year 2
All phases are revised and revisited when needed and children attend the phonic lessons for the phonic phase they are working at. All staff in the Early Years and KS1 are trained to teach all the phonic phases.
We assess the children every half term. These assessments are used to track progress and enable teachers to group the children according to their ability. Interventions are delivered for children working below the age related expectation.
In the Early Years and Year 1, children take home a phonetically decodable book matched to their phonic phase.
At the end of Year 1, all children take part in the statutory Phonics Check. Children not meeting the required standard then receive further phonic support in Year 2 and re-take the check.
Phonics may also be taught in KS2 to those children who have been assessed as still working within the phases from Letters and Sounds. This is group work and part of intervention programs. These children will also take home phonetically decodable books matched to their phonic knowledge. All new children to our school, are assessed in phonics and will receive relevant support if necessary.
How can you help at home?
Reading every day at home with your child - your child will bring home a phonetically decodable book to read to you. This book will be at their reading level. Please ask your child to read to you and discuss the book with them.
Here are some useful websites about phonics
Click on the link below to hear how the letters are said
Click below to find out more about our teaching and learning in English.
Click below to find out more about our teaching and learning in Mathematics
You can view our Calculation Policy here.
Please also take the time to look at these websites which we regulalry use in lessons: Numeracy Passports,STOPs, Maths 2 Measure, NRICH and NCETM