Reading Intent Statement
At Wrekin View, we firmly believe that reading is an essential skill that is vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is to give reading the prominence it deserves through developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. At the heart of our challenging and engaging curriculum is our drive to foster a love of reading. We are passionately committed to ensuring that our children become avid lifelong readers. We aim to equip them with the skills needed to access a whole world of books, and therefore a lifetime of enjoyment as they continue to read for pleasure well beyond their time at Wrekin View.
In preparation for the next stages in their learning journey, we strive to ensure that all children can read confidently, fluently, accurately and with good understanding. Through following a clear pathway of progression as they advance through our curriculum, all children will have the tools needed to successfully read for a range of purposes in all aspects of their future life experiences.
As a school, we emphasise the importance of mastering the early reading skills as the vital foundations for developing strong word recognition and the all-important comprehension skills, such as predicting, sequencing, retrieving, summarising, inferring, and comparing. Through exposing the children to a wide range of genres and authors, we expect them to effectively communicate preferences and opinions about the range of texts they read. Equally, we aim to encourage children to explore the vocabulary used and ignite their curiosity as they ask questions to deepen their understanding of what they have read. We aspire to nurture curiosity through encouraging our children to enjoy learning about the world in which we live through the knowledge they gain from reading relevant texts.
Writing Intent Statement
At Wrekin View we believe that a quality writing curriculum equips children to develop a love of the written word, challenges their understanding of grammar and spelling and is underpinned by secure communication skills. Our priority is to help children succeed in grasping the English spelling system, understanding and implementing a range of grammar skills and be able to communicate through writing for a range of audiences ready for their next stage in learning.
We want our children to develop a curiosity of the range of communication through writing and to take pride in their presentation. Our writing curriculum will inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to use discussion to communicate as well as to further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledgebase in writing, which follows a clearly structured curriculum where children can use practice and retrieval techniques to secure learning. A secure basis in writing is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
Mathematics Intent Statement
The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts. At Wrekin View Primary School, our curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics and has been equipped with life-long skills for learning, primarily telling the time. Children can relate to mathematical concepts, through using a variety of manipulatives, so it becomes engrained in their long term memory and enables them to become fluent, efficient and curious mathematicians.
Study – recall – recall – recall – recall
Following the White Rose Maths schemes of learning, provides pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. Key concepts are regularly revisited through ‘flashbacks’, ‘killer questions’ and ‘diagnostic questions’. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning and that the key areas of fluency, reasoning and problem solving are highly connected and interdependent.
Science Statement of Intent
At Wrekin View School it is our intention to develop our pupils as Scientists and immerse the children in a challenging, engaging and relevant Science Curriculum. We provide a high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations they need to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Our curriculum will enable children to become enquiry-based learners collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating experiences. It will encourage respect for living organisms, for the physical environment and will increase the children’s knowledge and understanding of our everchanging world. We expect our Science curriculum to sustain our children’s’ natural curiosity so that they are eager to learn the subject content as well as develop the necessary investigative skills; fostering a life-long interest in Science. We aim to develop children with secure subject knowledge, who are confident to question the world around them, explore possible answers independently and communicate their ideas effectively using specialist vocabulary. At Wrekin View School, we endeavour to enable our children to approach unknown and unexplainable phenomenon with awe and wonder and understand how they can make a positive contribution to the world we live in.
ICT Intent Statement
It is our intention to provide children with a variety of learning opportunities that enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information within an ever-changing technological world that they live within. In order to achieve this, we focus highly on developing the necessary skills children will need to ascertain so that they can use information in an appropriate and effective way so that they can further develop their curiosity while still understanding how to keep themselves safe. We also want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave Wrekin View with the relevant confidence, knowledge, and secure understanding of what is expected for an individual who is computer literate. We strongly believe that computing skills are essential in the technological world that we live within and, by having a varied range of learning opportunities, it will ensure that all children will achieve success and continually develop their curiosity so that they can become successful, confident, curious learners throughout their time at Wrekin View.
Our overall intention is to build and utilise a computing curriculum that develops children’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge in the three main computing strands of: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science. Within these three strands, the children will be challenged on understanding the concepts of logic, algorithms, data representation, how we can analyse data, through regular practical experiences of testing, and writing computer programs that will support with problem solving and trouble shooting.
With the continually growth of internet usage, it is also our intention to ensure that our computing curriculum prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can fully utilise their knowledge and understanding of information technology so that they can store, retrieve, and send information safely.
PE Intent Statement
At Wrekin View, we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, and social development.
At Wrekin View we offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through a fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body and equipment safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the fundamentals of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour leading to the embedding of life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration, and equity of play.
Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At Wrekin View we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.
Art Intent Statement
At Wrekin View, we believe that Art and Design is a vital part of a child’s education. Our Art and Design curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages children, and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. The curriculum we provide is rich in skills and knowledge. The children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully planned sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding the visual elements of art and design such as tone, texture, colour, and pattern will be developed by providing an accessible, engaging curriculum will enable the children to achieve their full potential. Through our curriculum, we aim to provide children with an experience that is exciting and to ensure that they combine practical skills with creative thinking, developing highly valuable and transferrable skills for future careers and life. As the children progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture.
- Develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences.
- Develop their appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage within the school and local community through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history.
- Recognise where improvements and developments can be made, wherever possible making these to evolve their work.
Design Technology Intent Statement
Design and Technology at Wrekin View aims to provide children with a rich, engaging curriculum that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively on a shared project. We believe that high-quality Design and Technology lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our Design and Technology curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Design Technology, its uses and its effectiveness, and are encouraged to become innovators, risk-takers, resilient and inquisitive designers. Through the Design and Technology curriculum, children will be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects, to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
Geography Intent Statement
Geography at Wrekin View is designed to broaden the knowledge and enlighten the curiosity within children of the ever-changing world in which we live.
The curriculum will equip our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
We aim to widen the children’s horizons of the world, beginning with them and their immediate locality before branching out and learning about the national and international world.
Our exciting Geography curriculum is designed to ensure that our children have an appreciation of the world and their place in it, whilst deepening their understanding of how their own actions will have an impact on other people and the world around them.
History Intent Statement
History at Wrekin View has been carefully planned to expand and stimulate the curiosity in our children of wanting to find out how the past has shaped the world they live in and develop their knowledge in a wide variety of topics.
As historians, the children will be encouraged to use a variety of resources to form their own conclusions and understanding of the past and how key historical events have influenced and affected the present. The children will be confident to communicate their own thoughts and opinions, ask perceptive questions, think critically, and develop their own judgements.
We aim to broaden the children’s interest in World History and appreciate the important role it has played. They will begin with studying their own locality, which is rich in its own history, before moving onto wider British and World history.
At Wrekin View we are committed to ensuring our children have a love and appreciation of history, whilst ensuring they have a deep understanding of how history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
Music Intent Statement
The music curriculum at Wrekin View is designed to provide children with exciting and engaging musical opportunities. The curriculum aims to encourage a love of music whilst developing a curiosity for the subject, through experiences and opportunities to sing, compose and perform.
We give children the chance to experience and explore a variety of instruments and genres throughout their time at Wrekin View, which provide them with the skills and knowledge to become successful musicians.
We are dedicated to ensuring that children have a deep understanding of the value and importance of music around the world, whilst being aspirational to all pupils. This will spark their passion for music as they continue through life after Wrekin View.
RE Intent Statement
RE at Wrekin View is designed to enlighten the curiosity of our children and prepare them for life in an ever-changing world.
Our aim is to make RE relevant to our children and equip them with the knowledge and understanding of Christianity and Islam, alongside other principal religions within our community. They will learn to understand and respect one another by recognising, acknowledging and accepting the belief systems of others, promoting a togetherness of our school community.
The curriculum will enable pupils to develop informed opinions and well as being able to consider thoughtful responses to questions about the purpose and meaning of life.
Ultimately, we are preparing our pupils to be informed, respectful members of society who celebrate diversity and strive to understand others.
PSHE Intent Statement
Wrekin View’s PSHE and Citizenship Scheme of Work aims to equip children with essential skills for success in life in our ever changing world. It aims to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children will learn how to stay happy, safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become curious, active citizens, responsibly participating and able to communicate in society around them. Successful PSHE curriculum coverage is a vital tool in preparing children for life in society, now and in the future. Our PSHE and Citizenship units aim to cover a wide range of the social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling children to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident citizens. The themes and topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide children with protective teaching on essential safeguarding issues, developing the knowledge of when and how children can ask for help.
MFL Intent Statement
German at Wrekin View offers a carefully planned, engaging sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum whilst nurturing children’s curiosity and providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. It enables children to celebrate and gain a deeper awareness of the cultural richness of our school through which they develop respect in themselves and towards others. The learning of a language supports them to develop the communication skills so vital to future success in this ever-changing world. Children learn to express their ideas and thoughts in German and have opportunities to interact and communicate with others; giving all children the opportunity to experience themselves as successful learners of a foreign language.
We hope to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies and a life-long interest. German has been chosen as our language as this is the main language of our secondary schools.
EYFS Intent Statement
At Wrekin View Primary School & Nursery, we are committed to providing a high quality early years’ education, which gives children a secure and confident start to their school life and nurtures a lifelong love of learning in a rapidly changing world. We foster a child’s natural curiosity and recognize the power of play as vital to our children’s wellbeing, learning and development. A robust transition process ensures that our children settle quickly and happily into life at Wrekin View and are well prepared for the next stage of their learning. We recognise that every child is an exceptional individual with varied prior learning experiences and starting points. We use the knowledge we acquire to create a rich holistic curriculum that provides first hand learning experiences and builds in the cultural capital that our children need so that they can develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for success.
Educational Visits Intent Statement
Wrekin View aims to offer children a broad, rich, and engaging curriculum that promotes happiness, success, curiosity, and communication to prepare them for adult life in an ever-changing world. We recognise the value an importance of learning outside the classroom and encourage educational visits that enrich the curriculum and enhance the learning and development of our pupils.
We are committed to the broadest educational offering, which includes a successful and relevant enrichment programme that draws upon a wide range of adult skills offered through school trips, visitors, and themed enrichment days.
Our curriculum makes a good use of local and other areas, offering a range of enriching experiences both locally and nationally, ensuring that the children are immersed in understanding more about the world.
The school also takes the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, taking all the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff is paramount. Our safeguarding procedures are strong and effective, with staff members and pupils having a clear understanding of their responsibilities while out on educational visits and school trips.