At East Ward, we adopt a creative and cross curricular approach to delivering the National Curriculum. We teach the foundation subjects within a context or a theme and, wherever possible, incorporate our teaching of the core subjects (reading, writing and mathematics) into that theme. In this way, our children are given as many interesting and exciting learning experiences as possible which allows them to develop and value their creativity and artistic skill.
Click here to see our Curriculum Map for Years 1-6.
Curriculum at East Ward Primary School aims to meet the needs of all children in the school by providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
We want all children to be able to reach their own individual potential and build upon their strengths, helping them to understand that we believe they can achieve and succeed in their education. We use the National Curriculum that is statutory for state schools and we use inspiring topics to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of all subjects across the school. We have adopted the Leaning Challenge Curriculum to support our topic-based approach and these topics enable us to provide cross curricular opportunities and experiences to spark exciting learning that will encompass the Foundation subjects, alongside the all-important English, Maths, RE and Science.
We promote the positive emotional health and well-being to help children develop social and emotional skills throughout all subjects and also through SMSC and PSHE sessions. As a community school, we celebrate and support our children’s diverse cultural and religious beliefs through our caring and inclusive environment that promotes our school ethos and values of Happy, Successful, Challenged and Proud. In our school we live out these values alongside the British Values to enable our pupils to make informed choices and become respectful individuals. Further information about our curriculum can be found by clicking on the Whole School Curriculum Overview link below.
Writing planning is based around an inspirational class text, chosen to provide a wealth of reading, drama, speaking and listening and writing opportunities across the half term which links to their Learning Challenge Question. This is supported by the half termly ‘Champion Writers Fortnight’ project and the use of structures from ‘Power of Reading’ scheme. Reading planning follows the Read Write Inc scheme to teach children to use phonics to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. Once graduated from Read Write Inc children progress to the Reciprocal Reading teaching model this promote students' reading comprehension and love for literature.
Here at East Ward Community Primary School we want to nurture our young mathematicians by providing them with a secure understanding of the number system and to give them confidence in using a range of reliable strategies to help them add, subtract, multiply and divide when solving problems both in school and in adult life. We appreciate that these foundations need to be presented to children in a range of creative and stimulating contexts and this is evidenced in our fun and enriching ‘1,2,3, Challenge Maths’ curriculum which is presented to children from the minute they enter our Foundation Unit and is deepened as children move through KS1 and 2. We also provide our children with experiences of fractions, shape, measures and statistics in a range of creative and thought-provoking contexts to support them in their mathematical journey and help them to appreciate the power of numeracy whilst encouraging curiosity and developing mastery in maths.
We aim to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Our children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level.
We believe science should be:
Fun and hands on.
Children get a light bulb moment and realise why something happens.
Science is seen as important and relevant to the children's lives.
Science learning is cross curricular
Children learn practically.
Science learning is celebrated on displays around the school and through Science Boffin of the week awards.
Children are excited about finding things out for themselves.
Children use all their senses to discover and find things out.
The intention of our Learning Challenge curriculum is to provide coverage of the National Curriculum objectives within an enquiry based topic, context and theme in order to provide the children with as many cross curricular opportunities as possible. Our curriculum begins with the Learning Challenge and Science topics as a focus and the other subjects integrated within these themes. While some subjects may stand alone (namely Computing, P.E., French and P.S.H.E), any opportunity to provide a cross curricular element has been taken.
The attached Whole School Curriculum Plan provides an overview of what will be covered within your child's current topic.