The school plans are linked to the National Curriculum in the main school and in Foundation Stage we work towards the Early Learning Goals. Throughout the school, we plan creatively linking subjects to a termly theme; Rainforests, Castles and Light are just some examples of the exciting themes that pupils study. Themes are planned using a 2 year rolling programme to ensure pupils have a varied and exciting curriculum.
Phonics is taught as a discrete lesson on a daily basis from Reception through to the end of Year 2. Planning follows guidance set out in the Government document Letters and Sounds. Phonics learning is then embedded through lessons as appropriate.
At Wombridge Primary school, we value reading and encourage pupils to enjoy reading for a variety of purposes. 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.
To further promote reading the school has invested over £15,000 in two superb Libraries – non-fiction and fiction library. Pupils access these throughout the school week for all subjects and to enjoy a story. This promotes the pleasure of reading and encourages children to read for purpose and enjoyment.
Pupils of the school have been invited to a number of conferences to showcase the work of the school. This is a unique achievement and has led to pupils being invited to work with experts in industry.
Plant, Grow, Cook, Eat
For the last 5 years every child has been to our school farm, every term. In the middle of the school we’ve now built an extensive botanical garden to explore sustainability and supply the school kitchen, which is now run by an experienced Chef. Every class has their own garden and they cook once every 2 weeks with at least 1 ingredient they have grown. The children design their dinner menu and monitor the food suppliers for the school.
The children created a Plant Sale in place of its once traditional Cake Sale, showcasing the culture that has underpinned their outdoor learning over the last 5 years. Over 60% of parents attended and to date the children have raised over £400 for our local homeless charity. No one can tell our kids that they aren’t influencing the world that they are growing up in and that they are not entitled to play their part in that world.
You can see the children’s video about their motivation behind the plant sale.
Here is the plant sale in action.
The children made instruction cards and recipe cards to be sold along with their plants so that everyone could cook something tasty from their plants.
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!
The application of the curriculum takes place every day at Wombridge. We also like to visit our local farm when the children can take their learning to the open fields and lake.
The children also work hard to achieve their farming and countryside award – information about food and farming which helps them to understand the countryside and the industry of food production, making them more aware of where food comes from and how to recognise if the food that they are putting into their bodies is quality, healthy food.
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.