Our curriculum is designed to both inspire and prepare our pupils to ‘Lead the way to life’. In order to successfully develop pupils who love the challenge of learning, are resilient in their outlook and are curious about the world around them we need to ensure that our curriculum is as individual as the children we teach. We need to foster in the children a desire to seek out new information and to deepen understanding, skills and knowledge.
Our curriculum model is developed around four main principles. Those of: L.E.A.D – Learning, Enjoyment, Aspiration & Determination; Plant, Grow, Cook, Eat; Safe & Happy and STEM (Science, Technology, English & Maths).
We ensure our curriculum model balances a rich diet of national curriculum subjects alongside context led, practical hands-on experiences and real life opportunities.
At Wombridge Primary we follow the National Curriculum ‘Letters and sounds’ scheme.
This follows 6 phases. Children begin at Phase 1 which deals mainly with Communication, Language and Literacy areas of learning. In particular, it will support linking sounds and letters in the order in which they occur in words, and naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.
Children entering Phase Two will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, including songs, stories and rhymes. They will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally.
Children entering Phase Three will know around 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read VC words and segment VC words to spell. While many children will be able to read and spell CVC words, they all should be able to blend and segment CVC words orally.
Children entering Phase Four will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes by a grapheme, and be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment CVC words for spelling. They will have some experience in reading simple two-syllable words and captions. They will know letter names and be able to read and spell some tricky words.
Children entering Phase Five are able to read and spell words containing adjacent consonants and some polysyllabic words.
By the beginning of Phase Six, children should know most of the common grapheme– phoneme correspondences (GPCs).
They should be able to read hundreds of words, doing this in three ways:
reading the words automatically if they are very familiar;
decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now wellestablished;
decoding them aloud.
Phonics is taught as a discrete lesson on a daily basis from Reception through to the end of Year 2.
At Wombridge Primary school high value is placed on reading. Developing an enthusiasm and an enjoyment of reading is promoted in all we do.
Reading is happening all the time in the classroom, not only is it taught in specific reading and literacy sessions but the children practice their reading constantly across all subjects.
The children are provided with a literacy rich environment and have access to high quality reading resources.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, reading is supported by the use of Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star reading schemes. These are further supported by the use of ‘real’ books to widen the vocabulary that children experience.
At Wombridge Primary School we value the partnership between school and home, encouraging children to read on a daily basis with a parent/carer. Children are given a different reading book each week and also have a reading diary to record the daily reading that takes place at home.
The school has been nationally recognised a number of times for our innovative use of IT within the curriculum.
The use of technology is integral to all aspects of the children’s learning. Providing the children with industry standard technology was one way of credibly showing our children they could expect the best.
You can read more about this journey in our two Apple Distinguished School ebooks which can be downloaded from the iBooks store.
Since 2011, 126 of our Year 6 pupils have achieved an IT GCSE equivalent underwritten by The British Computer Society.
IT professionals, school leaders, teaching staff and students from a number of institutions have visited Wombridge as a centre of excellence for IT use and have been trained in a range of different areas and concepts.
Our computing curriculum is designed to support the children in making discerning choices about how and when to use IT to communicate, enhance and present their learning.
Plant, Grow, Cook, Eat
At Wombridge we believe that if we empower our children to develop a discerning attitude to the choices that they make about their bodies, their health and their well being through the development of a healthy diet, understanding the provenance of the food they eat and thinking critically about feeding 9 billion people in the future then we can develop citizens who look after themselves, each other and the environment. This is what we call Plant, Grow, Cook, Eat.
This started 10 years ago with a clear mandate that every child would visit our local farm every term. Now every class has growing areas in the school greenhouse and outside, they cook with ingredients they have grown and harvested for themselves and supply the school kitchen with fresh produce.
Our school kitchen is run by an experienced Chef. The school lunch menu is designed and tested by the children with each dish carefully checked against the National School Food Plan. Produce is freshly delivered and local suppliers are used as much as possible. The children are very clear about knowing the provenance of their food.
5 years ago the children held their very first Plant Sale. This showcased the culture that underpinned their outdoor learning and their desire for healthy eating, sustainability and community.
With the awareness that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people living on our planet, one of our Year 5 pupils posed the question: “Can we feed our planet, save our planet, can we make it work?”
Our children are determined to explore the challenges involved in feeding the world and think critically about their role as citizens of the future.
You can see the children’s video about their motivation behind the plant sale.
Here is the plant sale in action.
It is important that the young people in Wombridge Primary School grow up with a positive belief of what being English could stand for. So began the Wombridge time machine, introducing real English heroes to our children.
We hope the time lord visits us again soon!
Farming and Countryside Learning
By embedding outdoor learning, environmental science and agriculture through out the curriculum we believe we areinspiring meaningful aspirations and developing the enthusiastic application of skills in literacy and numeracy.
Rural Shropshire is home to some of the most productive agricultural land and food production industries in the country and together they support over 47000 jobs. To introduce our children to the opportunities available in their local area we developed our own farming and countryside award and began collaboration with Harper Adams University.Every child visits the farm we link with every term; they take part in “Farming Friday”; and work for bronze, silver and gold farming awards. They cook once a fortnight with ingredients they’ve grown at the school and explore challenges such as how to feed 9 billion by 2050.
In 2017 we were awarded ‘Farming Champion of the Year’ by the NFU and Farmers Weekly for our work in outdoor learning, Plant, Grow, Cook, Eat, Agriculture and Environmental Science.
Our children were chosen to take part in the final task and judging of the Farmers Weekly Apprentice 2018.
You can watch our children taking part in this at:
The children were also asked to help the National Farmers Union (NFU) create a set of resources for Key Stage 1 fortheir education section.
Hedgerow Habitat Heroes
Join three of our intrepid explorers from Wombridge Primary School and Farmer Rob as they investigate the habitat of the hedgerow. Investigate the types of creature that live in this vital part of the farm and the amazing jobs that they do. (NFU Science Farm)
Spring has sprung on the farm. Join us as we tour Upper Walton Farm during lambing season. We find out all about the life cycles of some of the animals on the farm. (NFU Science Farm)
You can see our children sharing their knowledge in these video clips which can be found at:
At Wombridge Primary School we pride ourselves on promoting healthy lifestyles through the taught curriculum, extra-curricular activities and participation in ‘House Tournaments’, sports festivals and competitions.
A wide range of after school clubs build on the enthusiasm shown by the children during their PE lessons and allow the children to practise and refine their skills.
Whole school house tournaments are held each term. This year all children have participated in Hockey, Cricket and Basketball tournaments.
During the summer term every child in Key Stage 2 goes swimming.
Children also participate in the whole school throwing and high jump competitions held in the summer term. Throughout the year techniques are developed and practised. This year our previous high jump record of 117cm was beaten by Elias in Year 6 with a fantastic scissor kick jump of 123cm!
The children are always looking at ways that they can improve their sports performance. They analyse the techniques of professional sports people and try to apply the techniques to their own work. Here is an example of their high jump work.