Your child will begin school at the age of 3 and spend a year in Foundation Stage 1. He/she will be allocated either a morning or an afternoon placement. The statutory school age for children in England is 4 and the following year your child will move to Foundation Stage 2, during this year your child will celebrate his/her 5th birthday. N.B. Some children transfer to Foundation Stage 2 from other Early Years settings.
Children then progress through school from Year 1 to Year 6. Year 1 and 2 are Key Stage 1 and Years 3 to 6 are Key Stage 2. Please see the list of year groups and ages below.
Year Group Age
Foundation Stage 1 (Robins) 3 - 4
Foundation Stage 2
(Owls, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers) 4 - 5
Year 1 (Classes 1 and 2) 5 - 6
Year 2 (Classes 3 and 4) 6 - 7
Year 3 (Classes 5 and 6) 7 - 8
Year 4 (Classes 7 and 8) 8 - 9
Year 5 (Classes 9 and 10) 9 - 10
Year 6 (Classes 11,12 and 13) 10 - 11
The children are central to our Curriculum. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence. We have high expectations for our pupils and encourage them to have high aspirations. We want them to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and develop the skills for life-long learning. We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their journey at Wolsey House Primary school and move onto the next phase of their lives. We aim to deliver a stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum.
Foundation Stage pupils follow the EYFS curriculum. In Foundation 2 the pupils have daily phonics/Read Write Inc. and Numicon sessions.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have daily English (Literacy) and Maths (Numeracy) lessons. They follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the Foundation subjects, Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Skills (PSHE). In August 2014 it became a statutory requirement in England for schools to teach a Modern Foreign Language at Key Stage 2 - French is taught from Years 3 to 6. Opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills across the Curriculum are created e.g. writing.
Over the past two years we have been developing the curriculum that we provide for our children. We continue to develop the provision and our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating topics which the children become fully absorbed in a range of strategies at times subject specific and discretely taught skills, and at others through a cross-curricular approach. We strive to include as many curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children. We use a number of different approaches and strategies to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners. All our children are involved in the planning stage as we value their ideas and contributions, we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning. We want our children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for lifelong learning.
We have been implementing the New National Curriculum since August 2014 (please click the document at the bottom of this page.)
At Wolsey House Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all children have a well-rounded and balanced curriculum that promotes both academic education and a social education to prepare all children for the future. To meet both of these aims, as well as following the new statutory national curriculum we are developing our own school curriculum that allows all children to be engaged with the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) aims as outlined by the government. We have developed these ideas and merged them with the PHSE content that we felt would benefit our students and equip them to take their role in today’s society in Britain. We have six strands that our school curriculum will focus on: Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural, Physical and Economic.
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The spiritual development of children is shown by their:
Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect or different peoples faiths, feelings and values
Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
Willingness to reflect on their experiences
The moral development of children is shown by their:
Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
The social development of children is shown by their:
Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with children from different religious, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds
Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflict effectively
Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain
The cultural development of children is shown by their:
Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities
The physical development of children is shown by their:
Development of a competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
The economic development of children is show by their:
Willingness to develop knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society
Interest to take their place in society as responsible citizens
Development of skills and knowledge to manage their money well and make sound financial decisions
We plan activities in all subject areas which promote enjoyment and a fascination in learning. All children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity throughout the day, and opportunities are created to give children the opportunity to constantly reflect on their own learning and wider experiences. Across the whole curriculum we aim to include SMSCPE. Spiritual and Cultural are covered a great deal in our teaching of RE and the wide range of work we do around festivals from different faiths. Social, Cultural, Physical and Economic areas are key features covered in our PHSE content and will be a focus for our development within our continuation of the new curriculum for next year.
In addition to our curriculum, we are proud of so many of the other activities that we do in school that support our children in the development of their social and emotional skills and wellbeing.