Curriculum Overview

At Werneth Primary we follow the National Curriculum and ensure that we provide our children with a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum which is personalised to meet the needs of our pupils and the school community. We ensure that social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) learning permeates throughout the curriculum, providing pupils with the opportunity to celebrate the diverse society we live in, with British Values being an integral part of school life. The ‘Being Brilliant’ qualities are taught throughout school, with pupils learning about resilience, critical thinking, collaboration and other assets of an effective learner.

Cornerstones Curriculum

The topics we teach throughout school are based on the Cornerstones Curriculum, with the content being tailored to ensure that it is inspiring and engaging for our pupils. The topics we study integrate the national curriculum foundation subjects (geography, history, art, design and technology) to ensure there is a cross-curricular approach to learning. We utilise trips, special visitors and practical experiences to enhance the topics and bring them to life for the pupils.

Other subjects such as Science, PSHCE, Computing, MfL, RE and PE are taught separately, with lessons carefully planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and also taking into account the interests of our pupils and the needs of our school community.

Please follow the links below to see what topics are studied throughout school and to find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum.

Curriculum Summary

To see the curriculum content for all years, click here.

English

English lessons are linked to the class topic being studied, with high quality texts used to develop the pupils’ understanding of a wide range of writing genres. Reading is an integral part of the curriculum with a love of reading being fostered throughout school. Reading is taught in daily guided reading sessions, with the pupils encouraged to take books home to share with parents and to regularly read for pleasure in the classroom reading corners. The Reading Challenge provides pupils with the opportunity to win prizes as a reward for reading regularly at home.

Maths

Our aim is to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians by the time they leave Year 6. We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods. Alongside this, we develop pupils’ mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills. We do this through the use of ‘Practice, Challenge’ within each maths lesson. Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts, with the online ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ providing children with a fun and interactive tool to develop these skills. The Abacus scheme is used as a tool to support teachers’ planning and to enable pupils to access online homework activities.

Modern Languages

We teach Spanish as our modern foreign language in Key Stage 2, with staff using the Catherine Cheater Scheme as a framework and then adapting this to provide the appropriate level of challenge for our pupils.

Religious Studies

We follow Hertfordshire LEA syllabus for RE, teaching our children about a variety of faiths, such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism.

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EYFS

In the Foundation Stage we follow the EYFS (Early Years and Foundation Stage) curriculum, encouraging the children to be active and independent learners. We firmly believe in providing our children with a range of real life experiences through educational visits and visitors in school, child focused as well as adult led activities, along with carefully planned and well-resourced continuous provision to ensure that our children develop the essential skills needed to build a firm foundation for their future learning. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics at Werneth Primary School.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Here are Werneth we understand that every child is different and that we all learn in different ways. Through careful planning, differentiation and tailoring of the curriculum, we ensure that the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, are catered for within all areas of learning. We provide a range of interventions and support for pupils with SEND to complement the curriculum and ensure that all children are able to make progress and achieve their best.

The SEND area of the school website provides more information about our SEND provision and a link to the Oldham SEND Local Offer.

Last reviewed: July 2016 S Whittaker