Curriculum Overview

At Winford, we believe the curriculum should be broad and balanced. We look to provide the children with a challenging and stimulating learning environment. Each lesson is planned using detailed schemes of work and the teachers are supported by Key Stage leaders who monitor the children’s progress through the school.

The National Curriculum consists of the following subjects

Core:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Religious Education

Foundation subjects:

  • P.E.
  • Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
  • Modern Foreign Languages

All the classrooms have computers, which are networked to the main server in the ICT suite. We also have interactive white boards in each class supporting ICT in the curriculum.

We organise the curriculum and teaching to match the needs of the children. We employ a variety of different teaching styles and offer differentiated learning, enabling all children to access the curriculum. Where possible we try to involve the children in planning their learning to make it relevant. The curriculum is enriched by educational visits and visits by outside organisations.

We base our teaching on good classroom management and organisation systems. As part of our teaching, the children’s learning is monitored and assessed.

Other subjects in our curriculum include drama, personal and social education, environmental and conservation studies. Sex education is also part of the normal school curriculum for Years 5 and 6. Parents wishing to view the resources and videos we use to support sex education or those wishing to withdraw their child from the lessons should contact the Headteacher. Sex education is delivered in such a manner as to encourage pupils to have regard to moral considerations and the value of family life.

Religious Education

Religious Education (R.E.) is required by law to be taught in school. As Winford we teach it in accordance with the agreed syllabus for North Somerset. We teach the children about the views and beliefs of the major religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism). Our aim in R.E, is to give children the knowledge and opportunity to make their own opinions about what they have learned, not to make commitment to one particular set of beliefs.

As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from R.E. lessons. Should you wish to do so you are invited to come into school and discuss this with the Headteacher.

Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.)

With the rapid growth in technology it is vital that the children develop good I.C.T. skills. At Winford we provide I.C.T. facilities to enhance learning and provide children with skills for the future.

Drama

Drama helps the children build confidence and self-esteem. The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 put on a Christmas performance and Key Stage 2 children participate in our nativity service in the local church. A drama club for Key Stage 2 pupils has also been provided with a large scale production during the summer term.

Sport

Winford has strong links with both BANES and North Somerset therefore benefitting from a wide range of extra-curricular sporting opportunities.

Year 3 and 4 pupils have swimming lessons at Backwell as part of their P.E. curriculum.

The Stages of Primary Education

Foundation Stage                    4-5 years

KS1                                        5-7 years

KS2                                        8-11 years

Foundation Stage Curriculum

When children start school during the year of their fifth birthday, they enter or continue the Foundation Stage which is usually taught in a mixed Year 1 / Reception class. Most of the children attend the on-site Pre-school but we also welcome children from playgroups, pre-school and nurseries from the surrounding area. The teachers and children from both settings plan many opportunities to allow very successful transfers between the two.

When the children start in September, they start on a mornings-only basis, but they are usually attending full time by week 3 or 4. We are aware of children’s different needs, however, so this part-time basis may be extended if appropriate. Our main aim in the first term is to ensure the children are happily settled into school.

Children join at the age of 4, during the academic year in which they have their 5th birthday.

The children’s time is equally spent between child initiated play and adult directed activities, working towards early learning goals. We look for a balance in 6 areas of learning which are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creative development
  • Physical development

The Foundation Stage class has a full-time Teaching Assistant so the pupil to adult ratio is good with a maximum intake of just 20.

We look to develop a close link with the family of each child. If you have any queries or concerns about school procedures, then please do not hesitate to speak to the class teacher or Teaching Assistant.

Transfer to Key Stage 1 and 2

After Foundation Stage the children progress to Key Stage 1 where they remain for 2 years, following the national curriculum appropriate to their age. Next they spend 4 years in Key Stage 2 classes. Again a more advanced curriculum is offered preparing them for transfer to secondary school.

Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) and Optional Testing

The children are constantly assessed to monitor their progress through the school. At Year 2 and Year 6 they sit Statutory Assessment Tests which are independently marked and allow parents to monitor the progress of their child against the national average.

Optional SATs are also taken in Years 3 to 5 with results being conveyed to parents.

Special Educational Needs

At Winford school particular attention is given to those students who have special educational needs. Children are identified according to their specific needs and extra support is provided in a number of different ways. For example, children may be taught in small groups, given one to one help or support in class by learning support assistants. If necessary, a referral may be made to outside agencies and in very few cases a statutory assessment with the Local Authority may result in the issue of a statement of educational need. Our S.E.N.D. Co-ordinator works closely with parents/carers and maintains close links with the support services. Formal reviews are held when necessary and at all stages the involvement of parents is regarded as essential to help the children’s progress.

We recognise that these children have particular needs not necessarily met by standard classroom differentiation of the curriculum.

Talented and Gifted

The school looks to support children at both ends of the academic spectrum. We recognise that some pupils are particularly able in certain curriculum subjects. We look to extend and challenge these children to maximise their potential.

Taking care of your children

We understand that parents place a great deal of faith in the school when entrusting children in to our care. We look to provide them with a safe environment where they can develop personally, socially and academically. We expect and achieve high standards of behaviour so that all pupils are afforded the best environment in which to learn. The children are taught a sense of self-discipline and to accept responsibility for their actions. We have a well structured policy promoting good behaviour which is very effective. Copies of the policy are available from the school office if you require more details.

We ask that everyone: -             

  • show concern for other people
  • show concern for other people’s property
  • show concern for themselves

Misbehaviour by children my lead to some cases of loss of playtime, loss of privileges or contact with parents.

We have school rules which we ask all members of our school to support – they are:-

This is our school. We will:

  • look after everything in it and around it
  • follow instructions the first time
  • always try to do our best and let others do the same
  • treat everyone as we would like them to treat us
  • move sensibly and safely around the school and always walk when inside.

These rules and the general arrangements for the school discipline policy are discussed with the children at the start of each school year.

At the beginning of your child’s school career, we ask parents to discuss school expectations for good behaviour with their children and to sign a Home School Agreement.