St Wilfrid's RC Primary School

Care, Learn, Respect.

Curriculum

Whole School Curriculum

The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Mark Twain

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the National Primary Curriculum. We endeavour to ensure our curriculum reflects our passionate belief in our mission statement where everyone, through hard work and service to others, can reach their full potential.

Our schemes of work reflect the content and challenge of the National Curriculum and are taught with consideration of all learners. We want our children to be excited by what they experience in school so that they become lifelong learners and have wonderful futures. We aspire to:

  • Teach children new skills and build on existing skills
  • Provide our children with facts and information through experience and education
  • Give them new experiences to open their minds
  • Encourage children to ask questions
  • Help them identify their talents/skills
  • Make them understand they are loved unconditionally by God and for them to realise their value and importance in the world
  • Make them believe that they will make positive changes in their community and in the wider world

We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way. Each topic starts with a ‘WOW’ to immediately excite the children about their learning. A ‘WOW’ could be a trip to London, a visitor in school, an Egyptian day or a walk round Hulme Community Garden Centre. We want our children and their families to be able to bring knowledge of their community and beyond into the classroom.

Our curriculum continues to ensure that our children’s learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English, Mathematics and Science curriculum. Our curriculum also integrates new technologies, programming and media into school life with continuous emphasis on staying safe in a fast developing on-line world.

To achieve all our aspirations within the curriculum we rely on strong partnerships with parents, home and family and your continued support at home will strengthen the success of our curriculum and the overall development of your child.

KS1 Reading Scheme

In KS1 the main reading scheme fro take-home books is O.R.T (Oxford Reading Tree), supplemented by Reading Recovery books.

For Guided Reading and Shared Reading in class, we use a wide range of schemes including:  Bug Club books; Usborne Classics; Badger Scheme (real books) and various others.

We regularly update resources with particular consideration to curriculum and topic needs, teacher recommendations and requests from children.

If you would like to know more about the books we read at St Wilfrid's, please feel free to contact Miss Smith (Assistant Head and KS1 Leader).

Phonics

St Wilfrid’s follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Scheme to support children in developing their knowledge of phonics.  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are set for the daily timetabled sessions held at 1pm. Parents are informed of the phase their child is working on at Parents’ Evening.

Outlined below are the 6 Phases:

Phase 1 - (Nursery/Reception) Children to find rhyming words and make up jingles of words that begin with the same sounds, e.g. Baby Bertha buys big balloons. Children can sound talk words into sounds, e.g. “cat” is “c” “a” “t”.

Phase 2 - (up to six weeks in Reception) Children will be taught to recognise, read and write the 23 sounds of the alphabet. The children will be able to put the sounds together to make words (blend) e.g. “m” “a” “t” “mat” and break down the sounds in words (segment) e.g. “not” “n” “o” “t”. They will also be able to read and write key and tricky words.

Phase 3 - (up to twelve weeks in Reception) Children will be taught to recognise, read and write the sounds that have 2 letters, e.g. sh, ch, th. Children will be able to name the sounds and letter names. This builds up to putting the sounds together to make words and breaking words down, e.g. “shock” “thick” Children will be introduced to two syllable words e.g. birthday, farmyard.

Phase 4 - (up to six weeks in Reception) To keep working on multi syllabic words, e.g. desktop, lunchbox. To be able to put together and break down CVCC (consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant) words, e.g. camp, bank. To be able to put together and break down CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words, e.g. trend, scrap, scrunch.

Phase 5- (throughout Year 1) To introduce new sounds- the different ways of pronouncing sounds previously learnt in Phase Two and Three, e.g. “ai” and “ay” make the same sound but are spelt differently. The children will learn which sound to use when reading and writing words. The children will be taught alternative pronunciations for letters, e.g. “i” in the words “fin” and “find” makes different sounds.

Phase 6 - (throughout Year 2) The children will be taught word-specific spellings e.g. when sounds can be spelt in more than one way, children learn which words take which spellings e.g. see/sea”, “bed/head/said”.  They will also learn how to spell words with prefixes and suffixes, and they will focus on past, present and future tenses.

In Year 1 the children take The Phonics Screening Check in June. For more information click here.

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