The Wickhambrook Curriculum
At Wickhambrook we believe in the importance of helping our pupils develop as a whole person – happy and ready to take the next steps into their education and lives beyond Wickhambrook Primary.
To achieve this we strive to teach the curriculum in a dynamic and fun way that means every child can unlock vital skills that will drive their creativity. We believe every child should be given the opportunity to experience, participate, know, understand and review, create, compose, perform and visit as part of a cultural and creative curriculum.
All children are encouraged to work together to solve problems, to think critically so they understand different points of view and are expected to care about their learning.
Each year group studies a topic over the half term/term to enable them to answer a big question, which launches topics. This enables us to provide meaningful enrichment of the curriculum and experiences for our children, which empowers them to make connections with the community and wider world around them.
Our daily assessment, responsive teaching and timely feedback means that teachers and pupils always know exactly how much progress they are making and where they may need more help and how to access this help.
Our cross curricular approach to learning at Wickhambrook, is rich with thematic learning – we provide many theme days, theme weeks, educational visits and visitors that really bring our subjects to life and provide purposeful contexts. Specialist teachers support the teaching of French and Physical Education to ensure quality and after school clubs and events extend these opportunities further still.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered a vibrant opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas with a developing school garden, forest schools area and wide-open space.
Where possible, we provide an experimental curriculum, enabling our pupils to be fully engaged with what they are learning. Our curriculum is designed to:
- Ensure all pupils have high aspirations for themselves and others.
- Develop a thirst and want for learning for all pupils.
- Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning
- Develop strong characters in order to be resilient and cope with adversity in life.
- Cultivate creative individuals who collaborate and co-operate and can solve problems seeing failure as an opportunity to learn.
- Develop pupils who can think critically and care about their learning so they always do the best they can do!
- Foster pupils who care about their role as part of a family, community and the wider world; encouraging them to feel part of, and to contribute positively to fundamental British values.