Curriculum & Pedagogy
Use the links below to find out how we teach and what we use for the following subjects:
Use the links below to find out about teaching and learning at Wildmoor Heath School:
- Truly great teaching at Wildmoor Heath School
- Truly great learning at Wildmoor Heath School
- Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Policy (May 2014)
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Policy (May 2014)
- Charter of Children's Cultural Rights (November 2015)
- Promoting Thinking Skills
- What to do if you're stuck...
You can access Literacy and Numeracy resources and other information using the following links:
- Bug Club (Reading) & ABACUS (Maths) *
- International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Website
- PowerPoint Presentation on the IPC
- English Glossary of Terms
- Primary Worksheets
- Developing reading, writing and spelling for 5-11 year olds
* Username and password available from school.
You can see further information, including annual planning overviews and timetables on indivdual class pages here.
At Key Stages 1 and 2 all children at the school study the following subjects as part of the National Curriculum:
- Literacy (English – reading, writing and speaking & listening)
- Numeracy (Mathematics)
- Design Technology (including food technology)
- Art and Design
- Physical Education (PE)
- Religious Education (RE)
- Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Literacy & Numeracy
The majority of the children’s time in school is spent learning English and Mathematics. There are daily Numeracy and Literacy lessons, the latter supplemented by individual and group guided reading, phonics (in EYFS and KS1) and Handwriting (in KS1).
English units of work include reading; spelling; punctuation; grammar; speaking and listening and narrative and non-fiction writing. The context for Literacy lessons is often the term’s topic or theme and this provides a purpose for writing and opportunities for the children to apply their skills across the curriculum.
The Mathematics curriculum includes regular oral and mental work, followed by the teaching of different strategies for solving problems, and children are given the opportunity to explain their methods and reasoning. Pupils are given clear instructions and questioned to ascertain their understanding; they may also spend time working together in groups or in pairs. There is a great emphasis on oral and mental work. Children have the opportunity to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum.
Overviews of our English and Maths curriculums can be found here:
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
With the exception of Religious Education (RE) and French, for which we use a separate scheme, all other subjects in Keystage 1 and 2 are taught through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The IPC is a comprehensive (and National Curriculum 2014 compliant), thematic, creative curriculum for 5-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. The children are taught the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in each subject while the learning process develops their learning behaviours and attitudes.
Subjects are taught in blocks and not every subject is taught in a theme, however over the school year, every subject is covered. Each theme has an entry point (an event to introduce the topic) and exit point (an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills for a purpose and to showcase what they have done). This deepens the children’s knowledge and helps them to master skills in a holistic and purposeful way.