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WLPS Curriculum Intent
Art allows children to explore, build on and record their own creative and imaginative ideas.
At Wheelers lane Primary School we value enjoyment and creativity, and provide an art curriculum that allows children opportunities express themselves through art.
They develop their skills and techniques in using a range of media such as drawing, painting, clay, and printmaking throughout the school. They gain an understanding of the visual elements of art such as line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, and form.
We are inspired by famous and historical artists. Exploration of their work encourages discussion and develops knowledge of different styles of art. It provides stimulus for children’s own work and encourages them to see the beauty in the world around them, inspiring them to create art that they are proud of.
The art curriculum is further enriched through the use of inspiring topics, themed weeks, and Vision Day activities.
The Computing curriculum contributes to our school vision, meets the needs of our diverse community and equips children for life.
It enables children to develop subject specific skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to use technology in a responsible way, that will help them to thrive in the modern world and tomorrow’s world.
Through the teaching of Computing, we promote in the children:
Design & Technology
“Design is a funny word. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works”. Steve Jobs the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple Computer At Wheelers we nurture and support the entrepreneurs of the future. We will equip our children for the skills required for jobs that do not exist...YET! Together we will dive deep into the world of Design and Technology; we will learn about both the designed and made world to discover how things work, thus, enabling us to design and make quality and functional products for specific purposes and users. As a community we will develop children’s skills and knowledge in food, design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. We will inspire them to be creative and innovative, whilst actively encouraging them to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise
Drama Curriculum Intent At WLPS we are committed to providing a drama curriculum that enriches and inspires all children. We understand the importance of giving children the opportunity to explore and develop stories, emotions and feelings through drama, enhancing their empathy within the curriculum and community. Dramatic techniques enhance learning and are embedded throughout the curriculum, developing children’s confidence, creativity, aspirations and wellbeing. Children experience drama in a variety of situations within the school community, including school assemblies, role play and theatre visits. This prepares children for their future challenges and their place in modern Britain
English curriculum intent ‘A reader has the chance to live a thousand lives…’ Oscar Wilde English at WLPS prepares our children for learning now and for their life beyond the classroom by widening their understanding of the world in which they live. It is an inter-connected body of knowledge which threads through the whole curriculum, providing a gateway to other subjects and interests, opening doors and removing barriers. Deepening their understanding of the richness of the spoken language enables children to develop their own opinions, elaborate, explain and express themselves communicating with clarity and precision. The celebration of, and passion for, our rich and varied literary heritage inspires children to read for pleasure and purpose, developing their habit into one of reading regularly and widely. This, in turn, will provide the secure foundations from which highquality writing emerges. Our curriculum equips our children with a strong command of both the spoken and written word. This means they become successful, confident and resilient learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to actively participate and engage in our diverse communities and ever-changing world.
EYFS Curriculum Intent “We didn’t realise we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.” A. A. Milne We foster an inclusive ethos that promotes flexibility within the curriculum to provide a learning journey that reflects individual needs. Through building relationships with the whole family, we have a positive impact beyond the classroom. We promote vital skills to support children to develop empathy and kindness, through positive teamwork and problem solving. This enables children to feel happy at school and fosters confident learners who are physically and emotionally ready to learn. Our children have pride in what they do and the resilience to keep going. We nurture independent skills and thinking, encouraging curiosity, creativity and risk taking. Through hard work and self-reflection, we grow children who are brave enough to ask big questions. Our curriculum is skills driven, empowering the children to drive the context of their learning through their own interests and passions. We do all of this through 6 big questions: What makes me, me? What is happening around me? What do we care about? Are we alone? What is beautiful? How have we grown
Geography – Intent Statement ‘Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose. Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.’ Michael Palin At Wheelers Lane Primary School, Geography provokes and provides answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. The children develop an understanding of how the features of the world have changed over time and how different aspects of our surroundings affect and depend on each other. Our curriculum inspires our children to have a strong sense of curiosity and fascination. We are passionate that all children appreciate the world around them and their place in it. Through inspirational lessons, the children learn skills that equip them for life and foster aspirations to explore our global community. We have designed and implemented an investigative Geography curriculum, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills by: ✓ Understanding Human and Physical Geography; ✓ Engaging the local community; ✓ Exploring cross curricular links, including: History, Science and Sustainability.
Intent: ‘History is who we are and why we are and the way we are’ (David McCullough). At Wheelers Lane Primary School, the teaching and learning of history provides an inspirational, creative and empathetic learning experience for our children, where the past is ‘awakened’. The intent of our history curriculum is to enable our children to gain an extensive understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We inspire our children to act as historians and develop curiosity about the past and their own heritage. Through our curriculum, our children understand and interpret the diversity of historical periods and explore how these have shape their identities, society and the challenges of their time. In order to provide an enriching learning experience for our children, we employ and deliver the following essential skills to support them in becoming curious and inquisitive historians: ✓ The ability to think critically, question, discuss and evaluate the past; ✓ The ability to use evidence to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views; ✓ To develop a comprehensive understanding of significant historical figures, events and contexts from a range of historical periods and how these have impacted Britain toda
Maths at WLPS enhances our understanding of the world. It makes the seemingly inexplicable, explainable, as children begin their journey towards communicating in this universal language. This means they are inspired to collaborate, strive and persevere to understand the curiosities they encounter. Wheelers Lane children have a positive relationship with Maths skills and knowledge. Therefore, they embrace, reason and explain the questions they face today and those of tomorrow. Maths is integral to the enormous opportunities and progression needed in the Twenty First Century. Our curriculum provides the opportunity for all our children to fully grasp the exciting developments all around us, as well as function successfully in their daily lives.
Modern Foreign Languages
Spanish Curriculum Intent “Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.” Frank Smith At WLPS we are passionate about providing an enriching, inspiring and aspirational curriculum which maximises the potential of all pupils, forming a central part of our school community. We believe learning a foreign language fosters children’s curiosity and broadens their perspective of the world they live in. It allows children to develop a deepened respect for their own culture and for those of others around the world. The varied learning styles we adopt enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond, both in speech and in writing. At WLPS we focus on teaching Spanish in order to provide the foundation for learning further languages at a later stage, equipping children to play a valuable part in our growing global society.
Music Curriculum intent At Wheelers Lane Primary, we believe that Music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way people feel, think and act. Music enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and appreciate the world around them. Music and music-making is an essential part of every child’s education and integral to the life of our school and the wider community. Our Music curriculum is designed not only to develop children’s musical appreciation, knowledge and skills, but also to contribute to each child’s life journey by enriching and enhancing their experience and understanding of the world. The communal benefits of making music, including singing together, can contribute valuably to children’s language and social development, helping children to understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. Plato wrote that music . . . gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything
At Wheelers Lane Primary School, we promote and encourage healthy lifestyles by providing an inclusive PE curriculum that is inspirational, aspirational and enriching for all. We want our pupils to succeed and fulfil their potential both as individuals and as a collective community. We provide opportunities for children to become confident and resilient in a way which supports their physical and mental well-being. We develop opportunities for children to embed transferrable life-long skills and values such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with the chance to take part in competitive sport. We build pupil character and encourage a positive growth mind-set by providing a rich variety of activities that promote curiosity, perseverance and determination. Our children are equipped with the tools to overcome potential challenges and we teach them the importance of resilience as part of the journey towards success and achievement.
At Wheelers Lane Primary school, our inclusive PSHE curriculum enables limitless learning. We facilitate this through developing our children’s positive well-being, knowledge and skills. Thus enabling them to make informed decisions, manage risks, recognise potential barriers and have the resilience to overcome them. Children’s values, rights and respect for themselves and each other and forging positive relationships is at the heart of our curriculum. We share our similarities and celebrate our differences within our diverse community. We aim to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and to stimulate, challenge and nurture their moral, social and cultural curiosity. We are passionate about empowering our children to develop their understanding, skills and attitudes that will equip them to confidently lead healthy, safe lives and be responsible citizens now and in the future of our everchanging world
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Religious Education Intent Statement At Wheeler’s Lane Primary School, we equip children with a mutual respect and understanding of the many different beliefs and cultures in Birmingham, the UK and the world. We believe that Religious Education is invaluable in an ever-changing and diverse world. The lessons we deliver offer the opportunity for the deepest values of human life to be identified, shared and discussed. As a school in Birmingham, we follow the Birmingham agreed RE syllabus. This encourages children to learn ‘from faith’ by learning ‘about religious traditions’. Our curriculum follows 24 moral and cultural dispositions aimed at cultivating and inspiring our children’s knowledge and understanding of different Faiths. These dispositions are explored using stimulating resources that encourage independent thought and reflection. A very active involvement in one’s own learning is strongly encouraged at our school
Science teaching at Wheelers Lane provides children with a strong understanding of the world around them and promotes a sense of awe and wonder in natural phenomena through an enriched spiral curriculum. We foster a lifelong love and interest in Science, starting the children on their journey of exploration and discovery into the wonderful world we live in. We encourage a thirst for exploring and asking questions. This is supported by our teaching of the key knowledge and concepts and scientific enquiry skills. With a desire to increase children’s Science Capital, we promote the STEM industries and the diverse career opportunities available to all our children