Intent of our Curriculum
- At Wensum we love reading and our goal is that every child reads fluently, confidently and with enjoyment. Reading is the key to so much learning and by becoming a confident reader it will enable children to access all future learning. Reading improves well-being and we believe it is an essential life skill and our ambition is to nurture a love of reading. Reading is at the centre of our curriculum.
- We want to see all our pupils thrive as successful learners socially and academically through high quality teaching and an enriched, knowledge led curriculum; including pupils with special educational needs and, or disabilities.
- We aim to develop independent, thinking children who are ambitious, emotionally equipped and confident enough to make good life choices.
- We encourage our pupils to relate well to one another with confidence, care, openness and respect.
- We aim to meet the needs of all learners in our curriculum, challenging them and enabling them to critically think, problem solve and undertake learning at a deeper level.
All curriculum subjects have an overview and long term plans which ensure that teaching and learning is cohesive and progressive.
Teachers look for meaningful links between subjects. This ensures that children’s vocabulary is developed and that they are given the opportunity to revisit learning in different contexts.
- Relevant curriculum links are used to structure learning and support retention through repetition and reminders of concepts and through the application of learned knowledge and skills. However, it is important that these links are only made where they are genuinely support learning. Such links are not accidental but are planned in advance and included on long term curriculum maps. While curriculum links may help to inspire children, teachers are mindful of the key ideas they need to convey in a given lesson.
By the end of their time at Wensum, children will be confident within each academic discipline. They will have been exposed to subject-specific technical vocabulary at key times in a planned, coherent and organised way. Explicit teaching and repetition of key vocabulary and concepts will provide a structure for future learning, ensuring that pupils are ready for learning in the next stage of their education. This confidence will extend across a broad range of subjects, allowing for flexible learning in the future. Pupils will develop curiosity and a desire to acquire knowledge and experience the world around them, understanding that learning enriches their lives beyond the classroom. Children will have oppportunities to retrieve learning and apply their knowledge in different contexts.