School Curriculum

Curriculum Intent Statement

At Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School, we have an ethos encapsulated in the Worsley Mesnes Way. This links to our values that underpins school life - Respect; Equality; Courage; Friendship; Determination; Excellence; Inspiration.

This is embedded in school life and our curriculum.

 

Our curriculum is designed so our children develop social skills, build resilience and become enquiring, creative and critical thinkers. The development of basic oracy skills and the organised and consistent enrichment of language is key.

Our curriculum is designed with the need for ambitious learning that will set all learners on a path to success in life. The award of The Inclusion Mark (for the second time) heralds our intention that all our learners are special.

 

We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  

Our Growth Mindset promotes positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed for future success.

We are developing our understanding and promotion of independent responsibility for learning using Metacognition - P.C.R.  - Plan / Check / Review.

Learning is developing constantly and the use of Magenta Principles to advance strategies for talking, thinking and doing allows all children opportunity to use enquiry skills and demonstrate their potential.

 

We have designed our half termly curriculum enrichment days to provide a breadth of experience within a subject area, drawing on outside speakers, involvement of parents and developing a sense of curiosity. The development of careers advice within the curriculum enrichment weeks enables visitors (including parents) to meet with the children and expose them to life outside school, providing them with ideas for their future. We are passionate that all children realise that it is a big and wonderful world out there that they can play an active and positive part in.

 

Built in along the journey are frequent opportunities for retrieval of knowledge to raise standards for all pupils, ensuring they embed their knowledge in long term memory.

A review timetable to revisit learning is developed with the Review and Revisit Cycle

Teach and Learn / 24 hours / 7 Days / 3 Week 

This will be in different forms of review with a low pressure, Magenta partners “Brain Gym” quiz format included each week.

 

We want children to leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners. Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.

 

English Curriculum Implementation

 

In EYFS, children are nurtured to develop their communication and language skills. Exposure to a variety of exciting activities- which stimulate fascination- encourages children to want to talk and listen. Good spoken English is modelled by staff and children learn to articulate sentences together. Children are given a variety of media with which to mark make. In addition, access to a variety of toys and equipment enables them to develop their fine motor skills and ultimately hold a pencil. Phonics is taught in early years to help children recognise their names and common letter sounds. A variety of songs, rhymes and stories are shared to widen their literacy vocabulary and foster a love of literacy.

Children in KS1 and KS2 have daily exposure to Reading, Writing and Spoken Language. In KS1 they explore through a mix of play and formal lessons whereas in KS2, English lessons are explicitly taught.

We teach spelling, grammar and punctuation discretely using specific schemes such as Read Write Inc. and alongside our lesson using class texts: weekly spelling are taught in school, sent home to learn and then tested.  Rich and engaging literature- from a range of classic and modern authors- are used all the way from EYFS to Year 6 to model and scaffold good quality grammar, develop vocabulary and promote creativity within their own writing. Maintaining quality of writing across the curriculum is promoted with ‘Creative Curriculum’ books.

A school Literacy spine is in place, supplemented by texts from the Power of Reading scheme and Reading Plus, to ensure a well-structured approach and breadth of genres. A reciprocal reading approach throughout the school ensures consistent teaching and that children are ultimately empowered with independent reading skills of: predicting; clarifying; questioning and summarising.  We also support and encourage reading at home, encouraging and rewarding children for reading at least three times a week. We appreciate the parental support that goes hand in hand with developing and fostering a love of reading. This is enhanced with enrichment days, visits and events.

We allow time for our pupils to improve their work through ‘Growing Green’ time and teach editing techniques - ‘Polishing Pink’. Over the shoulder feedback and marking ensures that the non-negotiables of writing (such as age appropriate handwriting, punctuation and grammar) are of the expected standard before work is handed in and that children are aspirational in their writing.

 

 

 

 

Maths Implementation

 

At Worsley Mesnes Primary School we embrace the Mastery approach to teaching Mathematics. Teaching and learning incorporates the three fundamental aims of the National Curriculum: Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving for all children. 

Teachers respond to children’s needs using a variety of techniques including prior learning assessments, instant verbal feedback, ‘growing green’ comments, assessment for learning to inform daily planning and intervention groups.

Long term planning reflects the needs of our children with an emphasis on number and place value in all year groups to ensure a firm foundation of skills which can be transferred across all other strands of Mathematics.  Teachers use a range of resources (White Rose, NCETM, Classroom Secrets, Test Base) to provide appropriate learning opportunities to encourage children to make connections between the different Maths strands as well as other curricular subjects such as Science, History and Geography.

 

We also provide our children with opportunities to develop their basic number facts beyond the daily Mathematics lesson through the use of a variety of resources such as Fluent in Five, Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics. 

Teachers challenge children to find efficient methods to solve problems and encourage them to develop their understanding through explaining their mathematical thinking using appropriate vocabulary.

As a school we celebrate the enjoyment and challenge this subject can bring through events such as Maths Day and the weekly Estimation Station.

National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematicsprogrammes-of-study

 

Geography Implementation

 

At Worsley Mesnes it is our intention that Geography is taught through a termly topic designed to ignite pupils’ love of learning. This enables teachers to forge cross curricular links giving a meaningful context for the learning.

Geography is important in our school as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved.  We explore the relationship between Earth and its people.  It stimulates curiosity and imagination. Wherever possible, we aim to build upon the child’s ‘Personal Geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes.

We have purchased the Collins Geography Connect Scheme for Year 1 through to Year 6 which gives the children skills through enquiry based activities and exposure to a range of vocabulary to gain knowledge of the world around them. It embeds the children with the skills that progress as they move through school. The units of work are designed to be bespoke for our children and their experiences. Staff continually review and adapt work and learning to meet our children’s needs. Fieldwork sessions are incorporated into the units of work to actively engage the children in their learning.

In lessons a variety of approaches are used to ensure continuity and progression. Lessons will include a blend of whole class teaching, group work and individual work.

We aim to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes

 

 

Geography 2-year cycle

 

Year A

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Geography

Geography

Geography

Y1

Penguins

Weather

Seaside

Y2

Y3

Living

Sustainably

Local Area

Earthquakes

Y4

Y5

 

Climate change

 

Fair trade

British National

Parks

Y6

 

Year B

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Geography

Geography

Geography

Y1

Where I Live

Kampong

Ayer

Where my food comes from

Y2

Y3

Jungles and deserts

Mega cities

Magic Kingdom

Y4

Y5

 

Volcanoes

 

Rivers

British National

Mountains

Geography is taught using the Collins Connect scheme at the start of each term geography where it is the focus and theme for all lessons that week and is then taught during the rest of the term as discrete lessons which incorporate cross curricular links when appropriate.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children in the Foundation Stage, study Geography (Understanding of the World) through a range of fun play based activities and experiences, based on a half termly topic. Understanding of the World is split into two distinct focus areas: People and Communities and The World.

People and communities

As children learn about the world around them they find out about the past through talking to parents, grandparents and friends and they develop an interest in their own story as well as the stories in their family – this is the beginning of developing an understanding of the past and helps them to learn about how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas.

The World

Understanding of the world develops as children take notice of everything around them including places and all the things within them such as trees in the natural environment and roads and traffic in the built environment. Finding out about places begins initially when a child learns about their own home and the things nearby, then later as children notice things on journeys to and from home – such as the sequence of the traffic lights or names on street signs. This awareness is extended by visiting places and finding out about different elements of environments in books, on TV and through using other technology. This aspect also focuses on learning about cause and effect and is developed through having conversations with adults and other children about the things they observe.

 

History Implementation

 

At Worsley Menes, it is our intention that History is taught through a termly topic designed to ignite pupils’ love of learning. This enables teachers to forge cross curricular links giving a meaningful context for the learning. History is important in our school as we to offer a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

We have purchased the Collins History Connect Scheme for Year 1 through to Year 6 which gives the children skills through pupils’ activities that that children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

The units of work are designed to be bespoke for our children and their experiences. Staff continually review and adapt work and learning to meet our children’s needs.

In lessons a variety of approaches are used to ensure continuity and progression. Lessons will include a blend of whole class teaching, group work and individual work.

Our History curriculum aims to excite the children and allow them to develop their own skills as historians. As part of a topic lead programme it allows opportunities for cross curricular links to be made to ensure the children have many occasions where by they can apply their knowledge and understanding.

History is taught using the Collins Connect Scheme at the start of each term where it is the focus and theme for all lessons that week and is then taught during the rest of the term as discrete lessons which incorporate cross curricular links when appropriate.

 

History 2-year cycle

 

 Year A

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

History

History

History

Y1

Sappo

Great explorers

Charles

Y2

Y3

Stone Age

Bronze Age

Iron Age

Y4

Y5

 

Maya

 

Shang Dynasty

 

British Empire

Y6

 

 

 

Year B

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

History

History

History

Y1

Local History

History Makers

1960’s Toys

Y2

Y3

Romans

Anglo Saxon

Vikings

Y4

Y5

 

York

 

Battle of Britain

 

Trojan Horse

 

Children in the Foundation Stage, History (Understanding of the World) through a range of fun play based activities and experiences, based on a half termly topic. Understanding of the World is split into two distinct focus areas: People and Communities and The World.

People and communities

As children learn about the world around them they find out about the past through talking to parents, grandparents and friends and they develop an interest in their own story as well as the stories in their family – this is the beginning of developing an understanding of the past and helps them to learn about how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas.

The World

Understanding of the world develops as children take notice of everything around them including places and all the things within them such as trees in the natural environment and roads and traffic in the built environment. Finding out about places begins initially when a child learns about their own home and the things nearby, then later as children notice things on journeys to and from home – such as the sequence of the traffic lights or names on street signs. This awareness is extended by visiting places and finding out about different elements of environments in books, on TV and through using other technology. This aspect also focuses on learning about cause and effect and is developed through having conversations with adults and other children about the things they observe.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Within the EYFS History is integral to the Early Learning Goal of Understanding the World where pupils are encouraged and supported to “talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members”. In addition, pupils “learn about similarities and differences” in relation to “objects” and “talk about changes” they observe.   Within the EYFS an awareness of the concepts, vocabulary and key terms of History is encouraged through planned purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activity.  For example:

  • Recall, retell and sequence stories – chronology, cause and consequence, evidence;
  • Read and discuss stories with different interpretations or explanations of the same events – reflect on the behaviour, motivation and intent of different characters – perspective; significance, similarity and difference;
  • Distinguish between the past, present and future and recall moments from the past using language relating to time e.g. past tense - chronology, similarity and difference, historical narrative;
  • Identifying and comparing features of artefacts from the past and present – continuity and change/change and progress, evidence, significance;
  • Sequence familiar objects and events in their own lives/family – chronology, significance

 

Science Implementation


At Worsley Mesnes Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in everyday life and how it impacts upon the developing world we live in. We will encourage our children to be curious about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them. We provide real life experiences to nurture a thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm for scientific enquiry during our weekly science lessons, fortnightly ‘Mad Science’ sessions, educational visits and experiential learning.

The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, in conjunction with the Outstanding Science scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.

 

In line with the aims of the National Curriculum and the EYFS Knowledge and understanding of the world, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

 

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills
  • embed key scientific terminology
  • use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • apply cross-curricular skills such as Maths
  • develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
  • develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.

The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.

 

We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.

Computing Implementation

 

Our computing focussed E-Safety teaching so that our children use the internet safely.

When planning and teaching computing at Worsley Mesnes Primary School we believe that it is an essential part of the curriculum that is an integral part of all learning. We embed this we throughout the curriculum by using a range of websites, Mathletics, Times Table Rock Stars and Reading Plus.

 

Our computing curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and the EYFS technology objectives. This is supported from Reception upwards using the Purple Mash Scheme; a well-structured approach which ensures children have the opportunity to develop their skills using a range of technology.

 

The children are given the opportunity to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will actually equip them for the rest of their life. Computers and technology are such a part of everyday life that our children would be at a disadvantage would they not be exposed to a thorough and robust Computing curriculum. 

 

Children will be taught ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide them essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.

 

 

 

Design and Technology Implementation

 

The teaching of Design Technology at Worsley Mesnes Primary School follows the National Curriculum and the EYFS expressive arts and design objectives. This is supported, from Year One upwards, using the Plan Bee scheme. This enables children to design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Design and technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality Design and Technology curriculum; through well planned and resourced projects and experiences.

 

Design and Technology also embeds our Worsley Mesnes Way. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, requiring determination, inspiration, and also creativity. Across Key Stages 1 and 2, design and technology activities are planned so that they build upon prior learning of the children. We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding whilst also ensuring progressive challenge, breadth and depth to their design and making. In addition, lessons draw upon subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art by:

 

  • applying methods of calculation and measurement to real life situations;
  • write plans, instructions, rationales and evaluations;
  • articulate ideas and compare and contrast their views with others;
  • discuss views and clarify design ideas;
  • use a range of increasingly technical vocabulary;
  • apply scientific knowledge to designs and inventions;
  • use a range of resources including computer design.

 

Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world.

 

 

 

Religious Education Implementation

 

At Worsley Mesnes Primary School we value children, of all faiths and none, equally.  Religious Education is focused on developing children’s knowledge and understanding.  Lessons support each child’s personal development and encourage community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.

Our school follows the Wigan Agreed Syllabus for RE from Key Stage One and Two and can be used to contribute to the learning experiences of the early learning goals within the Foundation Stage.

Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Worsley Mesnes Primary School include:

 

  • handling artefacts
  • exploring scared texts
  • using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
  • responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
  • meeting visitors from local religious communities
  • making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
  • taking part in whole school events (e.g. Nativity plays, Multi-faith days)
  • participating in moments of quiet reflection/mindfulness
  • using ICT to further explore religion and belief globally
  • comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
  • debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these

 

Music Curriculum Implementation

  

Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

 

The Charanga scheme of work is used from Year 1 - 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.

 

The school has a whole class ‘Wider opportunities’ in Year 4 where children are taught a specific musical instrument for each term.  This includes the Xylophones, African Drums and Samba and in Year 3, the pupils are currently learning recorders. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument.  Follow on group music lessons are also available to pupils to continue to develop their skills and ability on a musical instrument the following year. Opportunities are taken to perform in class, in whole assemblies and also to parents and the wider community. 

 

Every alternate year we are involved in the WOWS singing festival where 10 or more local schools join together to perform a concert of songs, actions and percussion at Robin Park Sports Venue for the wider community.  The school also enjoys the ‘Lets Sing’ concert produced by Mr Keith Orrell from the music Centre in Wigan.  This is also an amazing event where more than 15 schools perform a concert including solos and duets for the wider community and parents.  

Music is encouraged and additional opportunities are offered, such as visits to Jazz concerts and the link with Hawkley Hall High school allows the bands to come into the school and showcase where children can be supported in the future for a potential career in music.  Brass instrument players are also supported and develop to play in the community band with Helen Smart who currently plays the euphonium.  The local authority provides personal music lessons and the key stage 2 choir which performs in school and at events in the local community.  The Samba drums have also been performed in the town centre by one of our classes. 

Music is enjoyed throughout school and the end of year celebration ‘Worsley Mesnes has got talent’ is an amazing event looked forward to by all where children and staff can perform their talents.  

 

Modern Foreign Languages (French) Implementation 

Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s’ skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around modules within the ‘Niveau’ language scheme. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. All our children in KS2 have regular language lessons.

Annually, we take part in a French celebration “Kermesse” along with other schools in the Wigan Borough to raise engagement across the community with MFL.

 

 

 

 

Physical Education Implementation


At Worsley Mesnes School we recognise the value of Physical Education (P.E). We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

 

Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Children take part in games, gymnastic movement, dance and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate.  Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. In Year 5, children go on a residential course to Hinning House or Low Bank Ground in the Lake District for outdoor activities. Children have swimming lessons in year 3 then in the summer term we do a catch swimming for children in KS2 who have not gained 25 metres.


P.E. is taught at Worsley Mesnes School as an area of learning in its own right as well as integrated where possible within other curriculum areas. It is taught as a minimum of one 2 hr PE session a week, or two1hr sessions per week
We teach lessons so that children:

  • Have fun and experience success in sport
  • Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development
  • Secure and build on a range of skills
  • Develop good sporting attitudes
  • Understand basic rules
  • Experience positive competition
  • Learn in a safe environment
  • Have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.

 

Extra-Curricular Clubs are very popular, and there are a variety of clubs available for KS1 and KS2 pupils. These include football, dodgeball. Athletics, SAQ, Agility and Balance, Bat and ball, Dance and many others in KS1 and KS2.  Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. Our Year 5 and 6 children can choose to become Play Leaders which allows them to run an activity club at lunchtimes.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Education Implementation

 

Worsley Mesnes recognises the incredible benefits of learning outside the classroom.  Outdoor education is about learner led exploration and discovery which nurtures meaningful experiences.

We recognise the social, emotional and physical benefits with collaborative activities promote.

Outdoors education refers to a broad range of organised activities which occur outdoors.  Some occur on our formal play areas, such as Orienteering, Rope Games and Climbing.

Others take place in our Forested areas, such as Den Building and Bush Craft.

However, we also offer the children opportunities to experience activities at venues beyond schools.  At Scotsman’s Flash they enjoy Water Sports.  Haigh Hall is the venue where the children participate in Environmental Activities such as Pond Dipping.  Hinning House and Low Bank Ground are the settings for our week-long Residential Events.

Curriculum lead contact - Mrs Smart

Details of the National Curriculum we follow can be accessed on the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

KS1 Phonics and Reading

Phonics is the system of relationships between letters and sounds in a language. Learning phonics will help your children learn to read and spell.

In KS1 phonics is taught following the Read, Write, Inc. and Sounds Write Programmes.

Please click on the links below to see the content of our school curriculum for each year group

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6