Wybourn School curriculum is operated within the National Curriculum Framework and Foundation Stage Framework, based on the philosophy that we are involved in developing the whole child.
There is a strong emphasis on the basic skills of maths, science and English, however there is an equally strong emphasis on the social development and enrichment of each child.
Pupils are taught in single year group classes under the guidance of a class teacher. At times, children may work in smaller groups being taught by other members of staff.
Learning from first hand experience plays an important part in the curriculum and so we plan a number of educational visits during the year. On occasions parents may be called upon to make a voluntary donation towards the costs of visits but this will always be kept to an absolute minimum.
Classes now follow creative half-termly themes which link areas of the curriculum, providing meaningful and more relevant learning opportunities for pupils. Parents/Carers are made aware of themes through class newsletters.
This school adopts a fully inclusive policy. The needs of individuals and their capabilities will be considered and catered for within the school as far as possible, in order to ensure optimum achievement and progression.
The curriculum will provide a wide range of educational experiences which will be common to all pupils, but which will vary according to individual ability, needs and development. The curriculum will fully comply with the entitlement subjects as set by National legislation. Religious Education will comply with the Sheffield agreed syllabus.
Our Reception classes continue to build upon the
strong start provided in Wybourn Children's Centre and other local providers, developing basic numeracy and literacy skills alongside a strong emphasis on personal and social development.
Children will also be involved in creative activities and opportunities to extend their „knowledge and understanding of the world through geography, history, design technology, information technology and religious education. The curriculum is taught through a continuous provision of practical activities, visits and structured play as young children learn through real experiences. The outside reception play area encourages pupils' physical development as well as other areas of their learning. We encourage children to take home reading books and key words to work with their families for five minutes every day. Children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals before moving on to National Curriculum levels.
Years 1 & 2
Children work on all subjects covered by the National Curriculum. At this age we believe children learn through exploration and creative play can have a positive impact on this process. Close links are maintained with parents and carers, and adults often work alongside their children on early morning activities. Children will get the chance to go on a residential visit to Whirlow Farm. Children are encouraged to take reading activities home every night. If this does not happen, please ask your child’s teacher.
During year 1 pupils will take part in the national phonics screening programme. Year 2 pupils participate in a teacher assessment process, Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs). The results are given to parents in a written report at the end of the school year.
Years 3 & 4
As children enter Key Stage 2 the focus is on increased independence. Pupils are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own learning and increase their confidence in working alone. Some work is carried out in pairs or groups and children with special educational needs will often receive extra support. Teachers provide children with a relevant and meaningful curriculum which is creative and exciting for them. Children will continue to follow the National Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks, working at a level which is appropriate to them. Themes will be covered on a two year rolling programme to eliminate repetition. During the year pupils will also have the opportunity to go swimming as part of the PE curriculum.
Years 5 & 6
In these years we expect pupils to become independent learners and take further responsibility for their actions by considering consequences. Many have jobs to do, extending their role as leaders of the school.
Towards the end of Y6 children take part in Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs), these are formal tests, marked externally. Booster sessions and other strategies are used to support children in their SATs revision. Attendance at these sessions is most important.
In addition pupils have the opportunity to expand their experience by participating in educational visits which provide learning opportunities and bring the curriculum alive. A Y6 residential has run for several years and has been very successful. This develops the children's personal social and teamwork skills. In year 6 pupils are using their skills of being independent learners to extend themselves in preparation for the transition to secondary education. Several transition activities are introduced which carry through into secondary schools across the city.
Through the provision of the literacy learning opportunities we aim to provide an environment in which children can develop and communicate through the four modes of language – reading, writing, speaking and listening. We have a wide range of books available for children to read both in school and at home including ICT based materials. Parents/Carers can purchase book bags from school. It is important for parents to be supportive, enabling their child to make progress in reading. Children are taught both to read and understand books from a variety of different styles and for different purposes. We encourage pupils to form opinions and be able to discuss what they have read.
Writing opportunities are closely linked both with work children have done in reading and other subjects across the curriculum. Children are helped to develop a writing style that is both joined and legible. We also encourage children to develop their writing for a range of different purposes. We have placed an increasing emphasis on speaking and listening. This is developed through weekly speaking and listening assemblies in which all children are given an opportunity to participate. Pupils are also encouraged to respond to others using more detail as they progress through school.
Children are assessed throughout school to give a clear picture of their progress. Those children needing extra support will have access to a range of different strategies the school is currently running to enable children to make the best progress possible.
Mathematics is a core curriculum subject that covers the understanding and application of a wide variety of skills, concepts and experiences. Children are encouraged to learn through a variety of practical and problem-solving approaches in number, shape, space, measures and handling data. Children are developing a wide range of mental and oral approaches to all aspects of mathematics and are encouraged to apply this across the curriculum, in real-life situations and also for fun.
We encourage pupils to work at home with parent/ carers on basic mathematical skills e.g. times tables.
Science is organised to provide a range of experience including practical experimentation, posing and testing ideas, and organising fair tests. The aim is to provide the opportunity to develop a knowledge and a progressively deeper understanding of science. The National Curriculum is delivered under the headings of Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their properties, and Physical processes. They are governed by the ideas of experimental and investigative science. The work is related at all times to pupils? knowledge and experience.
Computing/Information Communication and Technology (ICT)
In today's world, we see the teaching of ICT as an integral part of the school curriculum. To facilitate this, we have a purpose designed Discovery Centre which reflects the school's creative ethos.
The school is connected to Broadband and fully networked. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and PCs to enhance children's learning. There is also access to laptops, digital cameras and Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms.We also have 32 iPads which are used as a cross-curricular resource.
Since 2014 ICT as a subject was renamed Computing. The school is a 'Computing at School' Lead School in the Network of Excellence. We deliver training and support for schools that need help in the new Computing curriculum. The Deputy Headteacher, Julian Wood is also a DFE Computing 'Master Teacher' and supports schools nationally with Computing.
Children are encouraged to develop attitudes of tolerance, understanding and sensitivity towards different beliefs. They gain knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions through a series of "Wonder Weeks" throughout the year. The policy adopted within school is to "teach not preach". Parents requiring more information about the RE syllabus should contact the Head teacher.
There are daily assemblies which include an act of Christian worship, in line with National requirements. Regular visitors from local Christian organisations
lead whole school assemblies. In addition, children take part in Key Stage Shine assemblies, singing assemblies and class assemblies with a PSHE SEAL theme. Families can choose not to participate in the Christian element of these assemblies.
Each child participates in two hours of PE each week. Work in PE covers the National Curriculum strands of Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Athletics, Outdoor Adventurous Activities and Swimming. We also run lots of 'after-school' clubs linked to sport-such as Football,Cricket, Rugby, Basketball and climbing.
Information about our sporting fixtures can be found here
At Wybourn, reading is predominantly taught through Shared Reading and Guided Reading. Children also have individual reading books. The reading scheme consists of coloured book bands, which get progressively more difficult as children work their way through the levels. The book bands relate to the old National Curriculum levels and can also be converted to the steps outlined in STATS Sheffield (our new assessment scheme-see bottom of page foe more info). The book bands consist of books from a variety of schemes eg. Oxford (Reading Tree, Project X) and Pearson (Bug Club). The books cover a range of genre eg. fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children are assessed using the Benchmarking system. A running record is taken to assess a child’s accuracy. However, even if a child is accurate there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration eg. How fluent the reading is and the child’s comprehension of the text.
Phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds, which consists of Phases 1 to 6. At Phase 6, children move into Support for Spelling which concentrates more on root verbs, prefixes and suffixes etc. Children are taught in differentiated groups to ensure their needs are met and to stretch the more able pupils. The digraphs/trigraphs from Phases 3 and 5 are taught alongside each other so children can compare the different graphemes that correspond to a certain phoneme eg. ai (rain), ay (play), ey (grey), a_e (cake). Various resources are used in the teaching of phonics, ranging from lego bricks displaying the various graphemes, to games on the interactive whiteboard. At the end of Year 1 the phonics screening takes place, which is a statutory requirement.