Our Curriculum at Wath Victoria
As we welcomed back our whole school in September 2020, and then again in March 2021, we acknowledged that the landscape ahead may be difficult, and we continue to support and recognise those individuals who have been affected by bereavement, those who are feeling some anxiety about the “return to normal” and more widely recognise that we have all felt loss in many ways over the last year. Whether that loss has been of friendships, time, freedoms or other, we are committed to continuing with a curriculum which focuses on pastoral care and support, along with providing a broad and balanced offer in learning for all pupils.
Many parents will be worried that their children have ‘fallen behind’ and need to ‘catch up’. This is understandable given the continued media focus on feeding this message to families. However, we would like to reassure you that no child is 'behind'. Formal education in its traditional sense changed during the last lockdown in January 2021. Families and children engaged in new ways of learning online and remotely and we are proud that week on week between January and March 2021, up to 90% of our children engaged in most or all of their learning.
From September 2020 to October half term, we delivered a curriculum which covered the 4Rs which were important to our school community at that time:
From October to December 2020, we returned to our full curriculum offer for all pupils and worked with them to ascertain where they were at and what their next steps in learning in all areas were. From January 2021, we shifted our teaching and learning online, offering the same provision - differentiated and targeted to individuals - as we would have offered in school. This meant that on the return to school in March 2021, we could concentrate on establishing safe and effective learning routines again, prior to carrying out assessments to reconfigure our curriculum for the Summer term.
We are clear that we want our children to leave us having gained knowledge and experience of, and also believing that, the following are important:
Our curriculum content reflects the school’s 5C's values above. Whatever subject content we build upon the framework of our 5Cs, we can be confident that we are holding strong the values and ethos of our school, and we are supporting children to ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’, which has long been our motto.
We will, of course, continue to work with all children to support them to make rapid progress in their key skills of phonics, reading, writing and maths, and in meeting their social and emotional needs. We will plan learning in these key areas carefully so that it helps children to be ‘back on track’ making rapid and small steps of progress as soon as possible. We hope that you will support us with this at home too.
Our curriculum vision:
We are passionate about creating a love of learning and aim to provide a curriculum that will challenge and engage pupils, encouraging them to think critically and use their imagination. We are building a curriculum in which pupils will acquire knowledge, understanding and a wide vocabulary, where they can find their own voice and build a sense of pride in themselves.
Our curriculum content is bespoke to our school and our pupils, but is based on Chris Quigley's Essentials curriculum objectives and milestones for progression.
Our whole school curriculum map for our thematic learning can be found here.
Our curriculum design statement and rationale can be found by clicking here
Alongside our taught academic curriculum, we have an 'entitlements curriculum'. This is in place to offer our pupils a wide range of cultural and social experiences to enhance their taught curriculum. Details of this can be found here.
We teach some of our curriculum using a 'daily dashboard' approach so that children have repeated, regular exposure to some subject knowledge. An example of our daily dashboard curriculum can be found here.