The Weald Curriculum
A space to learn; a space to grow.
A space to learn; a space to grow is our school mission statement. We support all members of our school community – our children, our staff and our families—to make and keep this pledge so that our children learn, grow and achieve their best.
At The Weald our creative and enquiry based curriculum encourages curiosity, raises aspirations and fosters a thirst for lifelong learning. Permeating our curriculum are the core Christian values of our school ‘ Respect, Responsibility, Love, Trust and Forgiveness’, which help to foster respect for others, responsibility for ourselves and mutual trust.
Underpinning our curriculum design are our golden threads. These shape our curriculum, bring about the aims and values of our school, and respond to the needs of our school community.
- Puts the mental and physical wellbeing of every child at the heart of all that we do;
- Promotes an understanding of globalisation, diversity and inclusion;
- Is enriched by well-planned outdoor learning opportunities, off-site experience days and immersive workshops;
Planning and delivering our curriculum:
Our curriculum from Year 1 onwards, integrates the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum in a purposeful and engaging way. It is designed to meet the needs of all children, including those with SEND and social disadvantages, with the foundations for life. Alongside the National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Languages we follow the Guildford Diocese RE syllabus and have developed a whole school approach to teaching wellbeing, including health and relationships.
We employ a topic-based enquiry approach across the school and have a clear two year cycle long term overview which encourages cross-curricular work wherever possible. Within this context, we still ensure that children understand the unique contribution of individual subject areas.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds are always evolving in order to enrich different curriculum areas, and outdoor learning is actively promoted and planned for.
As well as our academic curriculum, we ensure learning is supported by relevant educational visits and visitors, overnight residential visits which take place in Year 4 and 6, assemblies, charity days and responding to events in the news. A range of clubs and enrichment activities such as concerts, sports matches, gardening competitions, arts assemblies, music and dance festivals are a regular occurrence in our school. These are a vital part of the children’s development as lifelong learners and ensure individual talents are celebrated.
Our approach for successful implementation of our intended curriculum is to create a culture where collaboration and professional dialogue between subject leaders delivers a curriculum that builds on prior learning, deepens knowledge and enhances skills that foster learning and achievement. We engage in a constant cycle of review and evaluation.
Measuring the impact of our curriculum:
At The Weald, children are assessed during every lesson which enables our teachers to plan the next steps for each child. Teachers assess against the learning objectives and the knowledge and skills requirements for each year group. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked and reported to parents and carers at parents evening and on the end of year report.
The Weald uses triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. Senior Leaders and Subject Leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development that through coaching and continued professional development are developed and strengthened. The impact of the curriculum is reviewed termly and progress is measured against end of year outcomes for individual pupils and for the year group.
Children leave The Weald CofE Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and globally aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave The Weald respectful, skilful and ambitious, with the motivation and passion to continue to learn and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.
We will measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Pupil achievement data
- Attendance rates
- Extra Curriculum registers
- Pupil questionnaires
- Pupil Voice
- Parent questionnaires
- Lesson observations
- Curriculum Reviews
For more information about how we make our curriculum accessible for children with Special Educational Needs please visit our SEND page of the website or call our SENDCo Mrs Hopkins who would be happy to talk to you.
Do you require more information?
If you would like further information about the curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance.
One of our Assistant Head Teacher's (Miss Lucas) has responsibility for the curriculum overview and can be contacted via the school office.
Click here for information about The National Curriculum.
Click here for information our approach to teaching, learning and assessment in The Good Shepherd Trust schools.