Our Curriculum at Wath Victoria
As we welcome back our whole school in September 2020, we acknowledge that the landscape ahead may be difficult terrain, 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. Whether that loss has been of friendships, time, freedoms or other, we are committed to approaching the start of the new term with a “Recovery Curriculum” which focuses on pastoral care and support, along with providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all.
Many parents will be worried that their children have ‘fallen behind’ and need to ‘catch up’. We would like to reassure you that no child is 'behind'. Formal education has, in many senses, been paused during lockdown and you and your family have done what you have been able to, and we appreciate that. We know that you have done your best – thank you for all that you have achieved in difficult circumstances.
From September, we will deliver a curriculum which covers the 4Rs which are important to our school community at this time:
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 will reflect the school’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, 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’ as soon as possible. We hope that you will support us with this at home too.
More about our recovery curriculum can be found here.
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.