Our curriculum for each academic year, from EYFS through to Key Stage 1 and 2.
- Here you will find a list of subjects available to our pupils
- The content of the curriculum for each subject
- How you can find out more about the curriculum our school is following
- The names of any reading schemes or phonics we are using in KS 1
Our curriculum, although detailed here, is also tailored to reflect the interests of pupils.
Built into all we do is our support in enabling children to use the 4Rs in their learning and life. Children are encouraged to be Reflective, Resourceful, Resilient and to work effectively with each other- Reciprocity.
Children are also encouraged to enjoy learning a musical instrument, enjoy sport, sing and enjoy drama. Instrumental lessons offered through wider opportunities and funded by the school: Year 5 Samba, Year 6 Ukulele. The school pays for a choir teacher from the Lancashire Music Service for pupils in Y2-Y6
Lessons offered to children through the Lancashire Music Service: keyboard, guitar, woodwind, strings and brass
Children are encouraged to take responsibility through the school’s numerous Councils/Forum and the roles of Head/Deputy Girl/Boy
Progression Documents: Reading, Writing, Maths
Maths and English Curriculum Maps
Subject Leader Overviews
Class teachers lead a curriculum area ensuring National Curriculum coverage and progression. Subject leaders of the non-core subjects have compiled an overview of what each class will learn during their journey through our school. Please note overviews are set for each year to ensure coverage and progression but are flexible to include children’s interests and topical issues. If parents wish to have a copy of the overviews, please contact the school office. There are short curriculum maps and a grid to show what units are taught across each for each year group within each year group section.
Phonics at Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary School is taught across FS (Pre-school and Reception class) and Ks1 with children working alongside pupils from other classes who are in the same phonic phase. Children are given phonic support in KS2 when it is required. We have used the Bug Club Phonics programme for a number of years and this is already accredited with the DFE. Phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (printed letters) are taught and children’s ability to segment words and blend sounds is developed. Children are also taught ‘tricky’ words which cannot be sounded out. Phonics Bug reading books are selected for children according to the phonics phase within which they are working.
Children in Little Whittle Pre-school begin phonics learning phase 1; they learn to orally blend and segment words. If a child is ready, they learn the first sounds within phase 2. Children in the Pre-school will, from time to time, do phonics activities alongside children in Reception class.
We have purchased a reading scheme, Phonics Bug, in which 100% of the words can be decoded for pupils working within and including phonic phase 5. Staff work hard to ensure the books children are given match their phonic development. Children bring home a book for adults to read to them and children are expected to read their phonics readers regularly at home as well as at school. Children can access Phonics Bug books online as well as bringing home real books.
Bug Club reading books have been purchased for children across the school and these may be accessed online through the electronic version of the scheme. Not all of these books are decodable. Children are also encouraged to enjoy library time, taking books to read and share at home. We ask that these are returned regularly so that they can be changed for new library books.
The books we use come from:
- Phonics Bug – Pearson
- Floppy Phonics – Oxford Reading Tree (these are occasionally used, slotting into the Phonics Bugs scheme, to supplement Phonics Bug readers when additional books are required).
- Bug Club – Pearson
- Varied library books
We use a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. Years 1-4 follow the Maths No Problem scheme, which we find gives pupils a firm foundation in mathematics. Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 are taught using White Rose and other materials. We find this enables a higher proportion of pupils to gain a greater depth assessment at the end of Year 6. Lancashire KLIPS is used to ensure high expectations for our pupils.
Links to Key Stage Information