Curriculum & Year Groups
We see education as a tool that will bring learning for life.
At Wisbech St Mary, children are provided with opportunities to learn through an engaging, exciting, empowering and integrated curriculum that allows them to explore and discover how past events have influenced and shaped our world, preparing them for the future! We aim to achieve this through a child-led learning approach.
In planning the curriculum, we have sought to recognise that each child is an individual entitled to equal regard and opportunity. Our task is to develop the potential of each child, to provide engaging and exciting learning opportunities that have meaning and purpose and where that child may take increasing responsibility for their learning. This encourages children to become creative, critical thinkers, develop interpersonal skills and building resilience. In this way we hope to develop the whole person. We recognise the importance of the methods and practice of teaching (pedagogy) we choose to use in enabling pupils to know more, to understand more and to recall more.
Our curriculum is built upon the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with the aim to prepare our children for life beyond primary school. We believe that children have the right to have an education that allows them to be happy, investigative and inquisitive, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge and time to play. We promote positive attitudes to learning through our therapeutic approach to behaviour management and explicit teaching of growth mindset and metacognition; this reflects the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, curriculum outcomes, open days, family cafés, church services and religious festivals. Through our links with the community, we aim for children to leave our 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.
In the EY at WSM, we value each child as an individual with a unique potential for learning. By providing a play-based and stimulating environment, both in and outdoors, it will allow children to independently explore and develop their own ideas. Children have the opportunity to take risks, and to be challenged across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. This will be done by fostering theses through engagement, motivation and critical thinking and through facilitating equal learning opportunities for all children.
By using ‘In the Moment Planning’ and immediate teachable moments, children’s interests will be explored and their next steps will be addressed.
Well established structure, routines and boundaries allow a sense of belonging for the children and promote positive, respectful relationships with both peers and adults alike.
We aim to achieve our curriculum intent by providing teaching and learning in an enabling and engaging environment where everyone is cared for, valued and respected.
KS1 and KS2
All children from Year 1 to 6 follow the 2014 National Curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education (PE), Design Technology, Art and Design. In addition to the National Curriculum we teach Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE), Religious Education (RE) and French.
We promote a love of independent learning and understand the importance of play within children’s development. The indoor and outdoor environments and enrichment opportunities are carefully planned and richly resourced to allow for curriculum coverage to be achieved through a provision based approach and purposeful experiences. We aim to build upon the characteristics of effective learning which underpin the EYFS and provide our children with opportunities to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Supporting adults have a deep understanding of how to ensure children's experiences are developmentally appropriate and ensure learning is advanced by the use of careful interactions and open ended questioning.