What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
WVPS Curriculum Big Ideas for each Subject
At Worle Village we provide a curriculum that revolves around the children’s interests whilst still ensuring National Curriculum coverage. We have taken the time to create engaging, inspiring topics that increase children’s curiosity and make them ask big questions that expand their thinking and develop them across all subjects.
Our curriculum is run on a 2 year rolling programme so year groups have opportunities to work together and allows for all areas to be covered. They include ‘WOW’ days that give children first hand experiences to extend and enrich their learning and encourage children to become experts in their field of study.
In the last few years we have seen explorers take to the woods, travels into giant maps, visits from people from the past, evacuees fleeing from WW2 bombs, experiencing life in a trench, excavating fossils, building Tudor houses, finding Roman coins, becoming Victorians, celebrating black history, creating Arabic tales, making volcanoes and hosting our own VE day. And that is only the beginning…
We are a ‘Learning without Limits’ school and therefore endeavour to involve the children in their learning. At the end of each term they help us to plan for the next term. Providing their ideas, questions and topics they want to know more about. Then we fit the curriculum around this allowing for learning with enjoyment so children develop a ‘love for learning!’
Our achievement of heritage school’s status shows our commitment to ensuring children have a grasp of the past not just further afield but within their own communities so they can understand how things came to be and where they stand within it. A sense of identity is essential to a child’s well-being.
We are also beginning to embed philosophy within the curriculum which has been shown to improve children’s overall achievement. It allows for critical thinking and analysis while developing acceptance of others views and opinions. Children develop skills to work collaboratively and explore their world.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
In school we teach using the Letters and Sounds program, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions. Each child will experience dedicated phonics or grammar teaching for 20 minutes every day at their own developmental 'Phase' of learning.
As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from a number of quality and carefully selected books, which are nationally recommended.
Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our book banded reading scheme which has a wide variety of books accessible for children as they develop through fluency and maturity. This is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.
Once children can read fluently and with good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.
The school has high expectations for pupils to read at home. We ask that a child reads at home a minimum of 3 times per week in KS1 and 5 times per week in KS2.
We try to do as much as we can to establish good working relationships between home and school so we can all work together to raise all pupils standards.
Please see our links to topics below to find out more.
Further detail on the exact content of the curriculum to be taught is provided in the termly topic webs which are published, in the class sections of the website, in the first week of each term.