In September 2019 we launched our new ambitious foundation subject curriculum which aims to develop children’s knowledge and skills in a progressive way.
As a maintained school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum but this has been adapted to meet the needs of our learners. A copy of the 2014 National Curriculum can be viewed here.
2 Year Cycle
As our classes are mixed age we have a two year cycle for learning. The content for each year group and year (A or B) can be found in the curriculum maps in this section of the website.
2019/20 Year A
2020/21 Year B
2021/22 Year A
2022/23 Year B
2023/24 Year A
2024/25 Year B
Subjects That We Teach
At the North Wolds Federation the children are taught the following subjects
- English (Including Phonics, Reading, Writing, Handwriting, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar)
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Languages (French)
- Physical Education (Including Swimming)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (Including Sex and Relationships Education
- Religious Education
Learning Themes Specific to Our Children
As a Federation we considered what our children might need to learn due to the context in which they are growing up and learning in. The following aspects run as “golden threads” through our curriculum to ensure children in this part of the world get the diet they need. These aspects are:
- Rural: Due to their environment children need to know the difference between rural and urban areas area.
- Health: As West Lindsey has high rates of obesity children need to be taught how to be healthy now and in the future.
- Aspiration: We want children to have high aspirations for themselves, for now and for the future.
- Tolerance: Given the lack of diversity in West Lindsey and the high levels of anti-social behaviour in some parts of our catchment area we aim to develop children’s understanding of tolerance.
- Diversity: As our communities are predominantly white British our children need to understand how Britain is a multi-cultural society and how this benefits and enriches society.
The British Values as defined by the Department for Education are:
These British values are threaded through our new curriculum. Whenever what is being taught can be linked to one of the values above it is. An examples of this is:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
- Year 3&4 Geography, Year A, Term 2 – All Around the U.K. Religious and Cultural differences around the UK is explored and tolerance of different faiths, religions and beliefs will be covered.
To ensure progression each subject has a progression document which outlines which skills, knowledge and vocabulary are taught and when. An example of a skills progression document can be found here.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is taught in Reception.
This curriculum is is divided into six areas of learning which are:
All of the areas of learning are equally important and taught through a mixture of direct teaching and learning through play.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Our intent statement for the EYFS can be found here.
Our curriculum planning for Reception follows the interests of the learners so the contexts are not rigidly planned however teachers plan from a "menu" of carefully considered contexts to ensure and broad and balanced coverage throughout the year which ensures all of the areas of learning are delivered.
Our curriculum overview can be found here.
Key Stages One and Two
Years One and Two are known as Key Stage One. Years Three, Four, Five and Six are known as Key Stage Two. In Key Stages One and Two we deliver the core and foundation subjects of the 2014 National Curriculum.
The core subjects of the 2014 National Curriculum are English, Mathematics and Science.
Phonics is taught daily from Reception to Year Two and beyond Year Two for those children who may still need it.
We follow the “Letters and Sounds” guidance for phonics. Children are taught six 6 phases.
Information about each of the Six phases can be found in the Letters and Sounds document.
Our phonics teaching is supplemented by the daily shared Reading Lessons in Reception and Year One and the daily guided reading lessons in Year Two. Information about these lessons can be found in the reading section of this page.
Children are given carefully chosen, phonic phase appropriate books to allow them to apply their new phonological knowledge at home in their reading.
- By the end of Reception we expect children to be secure in Phase 3.
- By the end of Year One we expect most children to be secure in Phase 5
- By the end of Year Two we expect most children to be secure in Phase 6.
Our phonics intent statement can be found here.
We believe that one of our most important jobs in school is to ensure all children can read and develop a love of reading that will stay with them beyond their time at our school.
Our Reading intent statement can be found here.
Children in Reception undertake shared reading twice a week. Children in Year One have a daily shared reading lesson. Shared reading is an interactive reading experience which occurs when a small group of children join in or share the reading of a suitably challenging book or other text whilst guided and supported by a teacher. The teacher explicitly models the skills of proficient reading including reading with fluency and expression. Shared reading will be linked to the phonics children are learning at that time.
Children in Years Two to Six have a daily guided reading lesson of at least 30 minutes based on the different skills needed to be a confident, fluent reader. We use a wide range of texts to engage, motivate and enthuse learners.
The different skills we teach include
We use a wide range of texts to engage, motivate and enthuse learners.
- Retrieval of specific information
- Word knowledge and word choice
- Deductive reasoning and inference
- Answering questions using the answer, prove and explain strategy. (APE)
This is our weekly guided reading cycle.
Children in Years One to Six follow the Read, Write Inc spelling scheme.
Our spelling intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation spelling curriculum map.
Children in Years One to Six are taught the writing skills of composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Our Writing intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation writing curriculum map.
Children in Years One to Six are taught the handwriting through the Cambridge University Press PenPals scheme of work.
Our Handwriting intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Handwriting curriculum map.
English Grammar, Volcabulary and Punctuation.
Children in Years One to Six are taught grammar, volcabulary and punctuation.
Our GVP intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation GVP curriculum map.
The mathematics curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure all of the following areas are covered in a progressive and coherent way.
The areas of Mathematics that we cover include:
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
- Properties of shape
- Position and Direction
- Ratio and Proportion
Our Mathematics intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Mathematics curriculum map.
Science is taught weekly from Years One to Six.
Our Science intent statement is can be found here.
This is our Federation Science curriculum map.
The Foundation subjects we deliver include Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology,Geography, History, Languages, Music, PSHE including SRE and Religious Education.
Art and Design
Our Art and Design intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Art and Design curriculum map.
Our Computing intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Computing curriculum map.
Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Design and Technology curriculum map.
Our Geography intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Geography curriculum map.
Our History intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation History curriculum map.
Our Languages intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Languages curriculum map
Our Music intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation Music curriculum map.
Personal, Social and Health Education including Sex and Relationships Education
Our PSHE and SRE intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation PSHE and SRE curriculum map.
Our R.E intent statement can be found here.
This is our Federation R.E curriculum map.
Other Learning Opportunities
To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and to help them keep up to date with important, age appropriate, world events the children watch Newsround each day. After they have watched BBC Newsround the teacher will go through some of the new vocabulary that might have come up in that episode. Children or teachers will locate where things are happening on the world maps that are in every classroom to develop geographical place awareness.
To improve physical and mental health benefits our children have the opportunity to run for ten minutes each day. Over the year this provides children with around an extra 30 hours of aerobic exercise in addition to their twice weekly PE or swimming lesson.
Cooking in the Curriculum
Each term every child in the school learns to cook something that links with one of their foundation subjects.
This is our Federation Cooking in the curriculum map.