The curriculum at William Booth Primary and Nursery School has been designed in collaboration with children, staff, parents, Governors and the wider school community. The curriculum builds upon the core values and aims of BELIEVE, alongside our school GEMS, and provides opportunities and situations for children to practice and develop these skills and attributes throughout their time at school. Encompassing this alongside the knowledge rich, concept driven curriculum, we endeavour to create successful global citizens ready for 21st century life. A variety of experiences and opportunities are provided for all children to enrich the curriculum, broaden their horizons and raise aspiration. Creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking are key features of our curriculum that build upon the characteristics of effective learning which are nurtured and embedded in the Early Years. Reading underpins all learning and is a strong feature across all subjects. The desire to encourage a love of reading is vital in the William Booth curriculum. Embracing the rich diversity of the school, we aim to develop every child as an individual and strive for excellence for all.
The year is split into three themes for all year groups.
The writing curriculum at William Booth Primary aims to develop children as confident writers. The development of vocabulary is a fundamental part of learning. This, alongside a grammar and spelling focus, helps to give children the tools they need to write a range of interesting pieces around the four main purposes of writing: to entertain, to inform, to persuade and to discuss. Children work through stages of being immersed in text types before learning skills associated with the style of writing; planning for their own writing and then editing it, before finally publishing their work to a high standard. Writing is seen as a fundamental aspect of all areas of the curriculum and is used to drive learning in other subjects.
The reading curriculum at William Booth Primary aims to not only develop children as confident readers, but to instil a lifelong love of reading that impacts on all other areas of learning and improves their overall life chances. It is seen as a fundamental aspect of all areas of our curriculum and is used to drive learning in other subjects. The reading curriculum aims to teach children about the world around them including learning about people, places and events outside their own experience. Our reading sessions also play a significant part in helping to close the vocabulary gap. This leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves a child’s ability to write well. Reading for pleasure is an important part of our daily timetable and is a time when children can choose their own reading material and engage in high quality book talk with their teachers and peers and become really excited about reading. Our weekly reading assembly is designed to further develop these skills, introducing children to texts and authors – opening their eyes to a host of reading material. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics lessons to develop their reading skills and build their fluency. We follow the Revised Letters and Sounds scheme. Children in Key Stage 2 study novels with their class to further develop their skills of comprehension as well as engage them in a love of books.
The maths curriculum at William Booth closely follows the mastery approach in order to ensure all children are fluent in the fundamentals of maths as well as being able to confidently reason and solve a range of challenging problems. We strongly believe that all children can achieve in maths and our teaching and learning reflects this. Children in years 1 to 6 follow the Maths No Problem scheme which ensures that children are exposed to a range of deeper thinking tasks every lesson as well as being given the opportunity to develop their mental skills as appropriate. In every year group, learning is built upon using a range of contexts and representations and time is given to explore concepts in detail to aid children’s understanding. Therefore, learning is sustainable over time, within and across year groups.
Personal Development is an essential element of every child’s school journet. Not only does it give them the skills and attitudes to focus and do well in their academic studies, but it also enables them to become well-rounded and happy young people. At William Booth, we support this sort of learning through a mixture of:
- whole school values (such as BELIEVE and Minditude), which are thoroughly interwoven into every day school life
- cross-curricular links so that personal development is a constant feature on the timetable
- taught sessions on specific issues, both planned and responsive
- tailored support and interventions for individual children that present with and specific difficulties, issues or concerns.
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