At Wrotham Road Primary School, we offer a curriculum that is broad, balanced and creative. It builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all our children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. We are determined to give all the children who attend Wrotham Road Primary the best possible start to their learning journey.
Consequently, the aim of our curriculum is for our pupils to have the necessary skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
This curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and provides experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
We do not simply buy and deliver schemes of work; we use the resources we feel best serve the children and then adapt and impart them so they work for us. For example, our phonics scheme Read, Write, Inc. is used to deliver our phonics teaching. This is an excellent scheme that we have regularly, and successfully, remodelled to meet our own needs and the groups of children we teach. Similarly, Maths No Problemis used to deliver a mastery approach to Mathematics learning, and, again, this is adapted slightly to suit our own teaching and learning needs.
As a result, we have seen significant improvements in our Reading and Maths results since these have been introduced.
Although we are proud of the children’s achievements in these subjects, we are mindful to ensure that the children’s learning experiences are not focused exclusively on English and Maths. So we also aim to provide a broad and balanced education by regularly reviewing and modifying our curriculum, thus ensuring that all subjects are taught with equal importance, depth and challenge. We use a topic-based, enquiry-focused approach to learning and provide a wide range of practical experiences and ‘hooks’ in order for the children to be engaged and proud of their work.
The school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology. All subject leaders are given high quality training and the opportunities to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Specialist teachers and instructors support the teaching of Music and Physical Education. Theme weeks, whole school activities and programs in and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning experiences. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities even further.
The outdoor environment and the local community are also considered as opportunities for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly Science.
Pupils are able to share their knowledge, skills and achievements with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. This often involves other schools, including those in our Trust.
Developing our children’s independence and individuality as confident learners in an enjoyable and creative manner so that they grow into responsible citizens of the future, is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.