At Wilberforce Primary, we want children to have high aspirations for themselves and their future, to prepare them for life after primary school and to support them in developing the core values that we think will help them to succeed. Our curriculum enables children to master knowledge and skills in depth, to make links between their learning, and to broaden their cultural capital. It promotes a growth mindset and learning as a journey; we value ambition and challenge and the opportunities that rehearsal and practice give us for learning from mistakes and knowing how to improve. Our curriculum celebrates diversity and supports the development of personal skills, including well-being and attitudes to learning, helping children to understand themselves, their place in the world and the valuable contribution they have the potential to make.
Ambition - to achieve the best for ourselves and others
Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause
Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real
Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, to find what is good and to pursue talents and interests
Determined – to overcome obstacles and seek success
Respect – for ourselves and others in all that we do.
We start every school year with a whole school project that explores a global issue. Last year we looked at Save Our Seas. This year our topic is Fragile Earth. This allows children across year groups to share their learning, and families to explore a current global issue with their children. This project will direct our choice of charity for the year making the learning purposeful and giving our children the opportunity to have a positive impact on the world.
Whilst some subjects in our curriculum are taught discretely, many are taught through topics to help the children make connections between their knowledge and skills. Teachers carefully plan for progression and depth of learning using medium term plans and subject diaries. We use knowledge organisers to help children organise their learning, to support them to develop a sophisticated schema and to make clear what they are expected to know by the end of the topic. We believe in spaced retrieval and use low stakes quizzing to help teachers assess whether knowledge has been learned and retained. At the end of each topic children produce a high-quality outcome. This might be in the form of a piece of extended writing, an artwork or a model but will always be the result of valuing the rehearsal and planning stages and spending considerable time on feedback and improvements. Children’s learning goes on display to enable others to share their learning journey.
We believe that building children’s cultural capital helps them to make sense of the world. Our Pupil Charter has been designed to support our curriculum and all children engage in at least one activity every half term which is related to the subject areas they are studying. This activity might be a visiting professional, a visit to a place of interest or an interactive workshop. Children reflect on the activity and the impact it has had on their learning. We also share our learning journeys with each other in end of unit work shares, in newsletters and in weekly celebration assemblies. We track progress and standards across the curriculum and we listen to feedback from pupils and parents alike.
The impact of our curriculum is that children are interested in learning, are always asking questions and are resilient enough not to give up in the face of adversity. They seek challenge, question the world around them, and understand the role they play in shaping the future of their local community and the world in which they live.
The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
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