Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Transforming Learning

The Primary Education phase of your child's life is so important in terms of helping children develop and build the foundation of necessary skills for learning and retention. These are the years where we can influence the desire to learn and to create a life long passion for learning. 

At Warndon we offer a curriculum that will develop confident, independent learners and enable every pupil to achieve their personal best. We believe that all of our students are capable of experiencing remarkable success given the right conditions to succeed no matter what their starting point is. To that end we offer our young people a diverse, fun, experiential curriculum, designed to suit all needs and learning types. Whether children are are hands on learners or prefer to listen and absorb, we tailor our classes to help your child get the best from their time with us.

The Character Curriculum

6 focus areas; enabling the children to develop the right mixture of skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next phase in their education and in becoming world citizens. It is a cross-curricular approach to teaching encompassing high levels of creativity and self-reflection; opportunities to make long-lasting memories and celebrations of the children’s successes. Each half term has a focus theme, such as ‘heritage and values’ or ‘global citizens’, which is repeated in each year. This enable children to build on previous knowledge and make connections in their learning.

Character: Our twelve character robots are a huge part of the academy and enable our children to reflect on their character development at a highly in-depth level. Children gather evidence throughout the year around the 12 characteristics and are celebrated through weekly assemblies and prizes when they complete an evidence profile. At the beginning of each theme the class profile for character and their social-emotional class profile is closely studied by the teacher and the curriculum is then planned around their bespoke needs for the upcoming half term.

Progressive Skills

Dimensions Skills

  • Taken from national curriculum
  • Clear focus on developing transferable, permanent skills.
  • Skills kept simple and focussed without over complication.

We cover age-related expectations for:

  • History and Geography
  • DT and Art
  • IT
  • Drama
  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Economic, emotional and physical well-being

Half-termly Themes

Heritage and Values

(history and drama)

Citizens and Culture

(geography, news & citizenship)

Enterprise

(DT, economic wellbeing)

Self

(emotional/ physical wellbeing, relationships)

STEM

(DT, IT, Science, future/career, Maths, outdoors)

Community and The Farm

(relationships, history, geography)

Curriculum Coverage and Skill Mapping

To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum the skills and character ARE are mapped carefully across the year to ensure coverage and correct pitch within the variety of themes covered.

At the beginning of a theme the Character assessment and Thrive analysis are carefully scrutinised to ensure that opportunities are built into lessons to build on the needs of the specific class and year group.

Theme Outline and Lesson Ideas

Timing

Content

Contained within

 

Week 1

BIG LAUNCH

Title page with art focus

Harvesting knowledge (Wordle, Key Qu’s, Popplet) and including Thrive/Character class focus

Homework grid for 6 weeks

Art opportunity for sketchbooks (min x2)

Maths challenges (x 2) Memorable experience

Two cross-phase opportunities (inked class)

Linked Oasis Value

T4W 3/4 week unit narrative (linked where possible)

Week 2

3 lessons

Week 3

3 lessons

Week 4

3 lessons

Week 5

3 lessons

2 week non-fiction unit

Week 6

(or wk. 5 in some units)

CELEBRATION

Reflections against skills covered and character development (record progress in class grid)

Mini-quiz on key knowledge facts to link to knowledge harvest.

 

MTP Overview

•       Taken from national curriculum

•       Parental engagement and timescales identified

•       Key skills from foundation subjects identified.

•       4 stage process of Launch, Explore, Energise and Celebrate outlined.

Weekly lessons

•       Launch and knowledge harvest clearly identified.

•       Lessons outlined with skill links.

•       Character focus identified in each lesson.

•       Energise and celebration event built in with planning.

•       Cross-age work and maths foci built in.

 

Knowledge Organisers

The most powerful tool in the arsenal of the curriculum designer is the knowledge organiser. These organise all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page. Knowledge organisers are given to all pupils at the start of each unit to help them remember what they’re learning. No longer out of sight, out of mind: instead of leaving behind previous units’ content, teachers can recap quickly and easily in lessons. Instead of forgetting all about it, pupils continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their memories.

Assessment and Analysis of Skills and Knowledge

Upon completion of a unit the children complete a mini-quiz of 10 questions and reflect on the unit and what they feel they have learnt. This quiz and reflection is then used in teacher assessment to record:

  1. Working towards, Expected or Exceeding against the curriculum objectives covered
  2. Working towards or Expected against the ARE character statements.

The class teacher enters this onto an Excel sheet at pupil level and the curriculum leaders then analyse this data and choose key areas/groups to focus on in the subsequent theme.