Our Curriculum is based on the development of vocabulary that can be used in the children's learning at other points of a child's education e.g. preparing them for secondary school. This vocabulary is carefully considered for each topic to ensure it is meaningful, transferable and ambitious. In classrooms you will see these words displayed as 'sticky words.'
Key values underpin our curriculum. We believe that these are important and promote these values throughout the curriculum; in the classroom and in assemblies as we try to unlock the potential of every child. We want our children to leave Wolsey House equipped with the knowledge and skills for the world of academia and to deal with a rapidly changing world. We want them to be ready and able to face the challenges of the world, contribute to making their communities a better place to live and to be resourceful, resilient and reciprocal learners. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strengths and interests.
Sport/Physical Development and the Arts have a high profile at Wolsey House and pupils are introduced to a variety of activities. In Physical Development these include basketball, football, cricket, running, athletics, tag rugby, karate, dance, gymnastics, multisport, cheerleading, weekly swimming sessions. In the Arts visits to the theatre, museums, art galleries: visits to school from artists in residence, theatre in residence (e.g. for History), dancers, theatre companies . These activities have engaged many children including children with SEND. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of clubs after school hours and during lunch times.
Our cohesive, engaging and stimulating curriculum places the children at the centre and opportunities are created for We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence. They 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.
At Wolsey House children in KS1 and KS2 follow the National Curriculum. Children in Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to a theme. We base our curriculum on a Challenge Curriculum where each topic begins with a Big Question. Each half term teachers produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between different curriculum subjects and how they can be linked by overarching topics. We call this the Big Picture. Year groups work together on the same topics and there are plenty of opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have daily English (Literacy) and Maths (Numeracy) lessons. At Wolsey House every subject is important and our curriculum is broad and balanced. It includes the Foundation subjects, Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Skills (PSHE), Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) and British Values. 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.
hildren will feel safe to try new things and have developed a love of lifelong learning.