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At Wyton on the Hill, we follow the requirements of the National Curriculum for England introduced in September 2014, which was designed to provide pupils with an introduction to the ‘core knowledge’ they are expected to acquire in order to be ‘educated citizens’ who are ‘ready for the next level of their learning at secondary school’.

What are the Requirements of The National Curriculum?
How do we teach the content of The National Curriculum at Wyton on the Hill?
How does our curriculum meet the needs of the pupils we serve at Wyton on the Hill?
Our Curriculum Subject by Subject



What are the Requirements of The National Curriculum?
Within the National Curriculum, the government sets out programmes of study for each National Curriculum subject, clarifying the ‘matters, skills and processes’ to be taught at each Key Stage.
The National Curriculum does not specify how to deliver the programmes of study contained within it, nor does it prescribe approaches to teaching their content. Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day and the teaching sequences within it, as long as the content of National Curriculum is taught to all pupils.
However, the government does make it clear that individual schools are required to use the content of the National Curriculum to map out a school curriculum which:

  • is broad,
  • is underpinned by the school’s mission and vision,
  • develops the whole child,
  • develops clear progression in subject knowledge, skills & understanding,
  • offers purposeful experiences,
  • is flexible and responsive to the needs and interests of the pupils,
  • embeds the principles of sustainability,
  • has an eye of future,
  • uses environments beyond the classroom where possible,
  • makes effective cross-curricular links,
  • has a local, national and international dimension
  • is relevant and appropriate to their own school communities.

Click here to view the National Curriculum for Primary Schools.

Click here to view the National Curriculum Programmes of Study by subject.



How do we teach the content of The National Curriculum at Wyton on the Hill?

As a staff, we have worked together with parents and pupils to plan a balanced, rich and inspiring curriculum which specifically meets the academic, personal and social needs of our pupils whilst adhering to the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum 2014.

English and Maths are taught both as discrete subjects daily and, where appropriate, as an integral part of our cross-curricular topic work. Most other areas of learning (Science, History, Geography, RE, MFL, Music, Personal Development, Art and Computing) are taught where appropriate in an integrated way. By using the natural links between subjects and ideas the learning becomes real and meaningful to our children. We do not believe in contriving links but in making the most of these where they naturally exist. There are occasions, therefore, when areas of learning are taught discretely, for example, in RE, where the children learn about 6 major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, following the agreed Cambridgeshire syllabus. This gives the children a moral understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to help them become tolerant, caring members of society.

Our choice of cross-curricular topic themes for 2016-2017 has been guided by the areas our children said they would like to find out more about in one of our ‘Big Conversations’.

Autumn Term
Whole School: “Voyages of Discovery”

Spring Term
Key Stage 1: “In My Own Bubble”
Key Stage 2: “My Space”

Summer Term
Key Stage 1: “Once Upon a Time…”
Key Stage 2: “Exposed to the Elements / Forces of Nature”

Please visit your children’s class pages for regular updates and information about what your child is learning this term.



How does our curriculum meet the needs of the pupils we serve at Wyton on the Hill?

Our curriculum encourages all pupils to explore and celebrate diversity and creativity, whilst becoming enthusiastic, independent and confident learners ready to take their place as positive British and global citizens.
In order to meet the needs of our learning community, we have developed several ‘Key Drivers’, which are constantly considered when deciding how and what we teach. These are:

  • Lifelong Learning

Due to our unique geographical context, our pupils experience many changes during their primary education. Many of our pupils have been to several schools before they come to join us, whilst others have seen many friends come and go during their time here. We recognise the need for our pupils to be resilient, responsible, independent learners, who are absolutely invested in their learning and who value learning above all, in order to help them stay focussed and to cope with the constant changes around them.

One of the ways we promote lifelong learning on a daily basis is through embedding children’s understanding of the skills and attributes they need to develop, which we call ‘the 7Rs’. We also explicitly teach theories of learning such as ‘Multiple Intelligences’.

  • Enterprise – Huntingdon is a diverse area in economic terms, with high levels of unemployment as well as economic prosperity. We know that if we can raise pupils’ awareness that learning can bring financial and material rewards as well as intellectual satisfaction, we will help to keep pupils’ aspirations high and to see education as a means of improving life chances and life choices.

A recent example of introducing enterprise into our topic work in Key Stage 2, was our Key Stage 2 production of ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’, which was the culmination of several weeks of research and creative curriculum work based on the theme of ‘Seafarers and Mariners’. As well as taking part in the production, pupils helped to write the script and staging, plan the lighting and music and organise the advertising and ticketing. Pupils will use the proceeds from ticket sales to buy in resources of their choice for their next topic through their School Council Representatives.

  • British Values (through Spriritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education) – Our community is highly diverse, as it is home to members of the three military forces as well as a large number of civilian families from a wide range of backgrounds. It is essential for our community cohesion that our school curriculum champions respect and diversity and promotes tolerance and common values amongst our pupils.

One of the ways we promote British Values on a daily basis is through the use of structured Talk for Learning activities across the curriculum, during which our pupils are invited to explore and share their own opinions, whilst listening and responding respectfully to those of others.

  • Environment – Our local area is subject to constant building and expansion, whilst our school building and grounds are ageing rapidly. Amid all of this, we aim to instil in our pupils the importance of sustainability, of caring for our natural and our man-made environments as custodians of the future.

Pupils are active in developing our wildlife area for conservation, in developing our school gardens, in recycling and reusing wherever possible and in looking after our school and its grounds through our weekly ‘Big Tidy’. They are encouraged to recycle, reuse and reduce their consumption of resources, starting by taking care of the resources we have in school.



Our Curriculum Subject by Subject

On these pages you can download information and our Programmes of Study for each subject. We hope that they will be helpful to those parents who wish to support their children’s learning in school by giving an overview of skills, knowledge and topics to be covered in each year group across the curriculum during the academic year.

Please visit your children’s class pages for regular updates and information about what your child is learning this term.
 
English
English
maths
Maths
RE
RE
Humanities
Humanities

PEPE
 
Music
Music
 
French
MFL
   
Art
Art
 
PD
Personal Development
 
In each subject a set of assessment criteria is used to assess the progress of the children. Click on the links below to download the criteria for each year group.
 
Year 1
  pdf
Year 2
  pdf
Year 3
  pdf
Year 4
  pdf
Year 5
  pdf
Year 6
  pdf
 
   
 
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