Our Curriculum Intent
We put our pupils at the centre of everything we do here at Water Hall Primary School upholding the strong belief that children should have breadth and balance within their learning.
Our curriculum is driven by the challenges and opportunities that the backgrounds of our pupils present. This ensures that pupils are equipped with the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Therefore these ‘drivers’: ‘Possibilities’, ‘Democracy’ and ‘Community‘ are woven throughout our whole curriculum.
We believe that all children should have a fair opportunity to find and develop their skills and passions and our broad and balanced curriculum enables all children to find success. Our curriculum ensures that children have a good understanding of their global and local citizenship and develops their social, emotional and moral needs as well as meeting National Curriculum expectations. Our curriculum equips children with both the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at primary school and beyond, championing the culture and climate we value here at Water Hall.
These values are:
We always remain calm and positive.
We listen to each other, talk to each other and motivate each other.
We celebrate what we do well and what others do well.
We enjoy new challenges and opportunities.
We are honest, consistent and reliable.
We set an example with our appropriate behaviour and attitude.
We share what has worked and learn from what hasn’t.
We understand everyone is different and treat others with respect.
Our curriculum is made up of the ‘Breadth Map‘ and our ‘Learning Concepts‘
We devised a two-year rolling programme, split in to Cycle A and Cycle B to ensure that children experience real breadth and depth in their learning; leading to sustained mastery and greater depth of understanding for all.
Each Learning Opportunity provides children with the knowledge required to apply the skills, make links and build upon their learning in a variety of ways. Each Learning Opportunity begins and ends with engaging experiences; including opportunities to explore, energise and celebrate, through visits and events in school and in the community.
Children’s progress and learning is captured in books which celebrate their individual learning achievements and in collaborative floor books to capture whole class learning experiences.
Breadth Maps Files
Just as our curriculum is driven by the specific challenges and opportunities that the backgrounds of our pupils can present, our personal development opportunities are tailored to ensure that our pupils develop into responsible, respectful and active citizens.
Our school values are intrinsic to pupils personal development at Water Hall and are woven into our curriculum, shared in assemblies and are visible around the school.
Alongside our values, we also support and encourage positive mental health by ensuring wellbeing opportunities and learning are woven throughout the curriculum. The 5 areas of wellbeing we promote explicitly are: connecting with others, giving, being active, taking notice and learning new things.
Childrens social, emotional and mental health is also supported by daily Mindspace time. This twenty minute session at the start of every day, and a shorter one in the afternoon, helps to promote mindful thinking and ensure that children are calm, relaxed and in the best position to learn.
Learning At Home
Our expectation is that spelling, times tables and daily reading practise form the basis of our home learning. To support learning across the curriculum, class teachers may also send out suggested learning opportunities to enhance our children’s understanding. These are designed to provide children with maximum opportunities to develop their creativity through selecting from a range of activities.
Science & Technology
Our Science curriculum is built in to our Broader Curriculum. If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum coverage for each year group, this can be found on the Year Group Curriculum Maps.
In addition to the science coverage in our Broader Curriculum, we also do at least one complete, engaging science investigation per theme that explores a variety of aspects of the science curriculum. Encouraging children from Year 1 to Year 6 to plan, make predictions and take part in physical science experiments and investigations.
For our Religious Education, we use Discovery R.E. It is an inquiry based approach to R.E teaching which delivers excellent learning outcomes.
Across the school we teach 59 different modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism.
Our Religious Education curriculum meets Ofsted and SIAMS outcomes, SMSC, British Values, Anti-radicalisation, Critical thinking and Growth Mindset and Personal Development.
Our PSHE Pathway
Our aim with PSHE education is to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
At Water Hall Primary School we teach PSHE using the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which is a whole school approach.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At Water Hall Primary School, British values are promoted through our own school values. They are also integrated throughout our broader curriculum teaching.
Social, moral, spiritual and cultural links are planned in to each of our themes and taught discreetly