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Primary Curriculum

The Royal Wolverhampton Primary School follows and enhances the National Curriculum laying firm foundations in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing.

We mainly use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme, supplemented with Jolly Phonics as an additional learning resource. Similarly, we use a combination of two reading schemes – primarily, the Oxford Reading Scheme and PM Reading Scheme.

At the heart of all our teaching sits a more diverse and enriching wider curriculum for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 resourced through Cornerstones – a dynamic and interactive approach to learning that deepens understanding and harnesses the children’s enthusiasm for what is being taught.

Cornerstones is a specific approach to learning applied across all subjects and Primary year groups and summarised in four key stages as follows:

Engage – Providing a context the learning; asking questions to provoke thought and interest; linking what is being taught to the children’s own personal experiences.

Develop – Teaching knowledge whilst demonstrating new skills and allowing time for consolidation and mastery; providing opportunity for making and doing; embedding reading, writing and communication across the curriculum.

Innovate – Presenting imaginative scenarios that inspire children’s creative thinking; encouraging creative responses and independent thinking; allowing time for children to absorb knowledge, understanding and skills.

Express – Supporting self-evaluation through talking thinking; encouraging reflection and celebrating success.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Reception class follows the EYFS curriculum covering:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

During their year in Reception each child is assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and as the year progresses class teachers talk to parents about how children are developing in relation to these goals. These are then reported against at the end of the year.

Much of the school day in Reception class centres around play; though it is carefully designed to facilitate learning along the way. We aim to capture their imaginations and inspire them from very early on. Wherever possible we will follow their interests and passions while still making sure that the full breadth of curriculum objectives are delivered. Children at this age are naturally inquisitive and want to explore and we are there to help them become confident and resilient learners.

KS1 and KS2

All National Curriculum subjects are taught throughout the school in both KS1 and KS2 with the core subjects being given appropriate emphasis. We operate many different types of teaching strategies allowing for class, group and individual activity but are always mindful of the needs of each individual.

French and swimming is introduced from Reception onwards and music is taught by music specialists from the earliest stage so it is no surprise that music is an integral part of School life with many children playing at least one instrument and musical productions featuring prominently in our termly calendar of events.

In Years 1 and 2, the children work on the National Curriculum, with particular focus English, Maths and Science. The Foundation Subjects of ICT, history, geography, music, PE, art, and design technology are also studied as well as RE and PSHCE (Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education). This phase of their education is called Key Stage 1 and the children are formally assessed at the end of Year 2 with their levels of attainment reported to parents.

In Years 3-6, the children continue to work on a broad and balanced curriculum, with an increasing emphasis on teaching the Foundation subjects as topics in their own right, though a thematic approach is frequently used where, for example, a factual history topic could also involve creative writing, use of technology and art.

At the end of Year 6 the children take SATs (Standardised Attainment Tests) in English, Maths and Science and these results are communicated to parents along with the annual reports in the appropriate year.

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The member of staff to contact for more information on our Primary School Curriculum is Mrs Kathy Jefferson. Email Mrs Jefferson