Curriculum Intent

What is the intent of our curriculum at Winsford High Street Primary School?

 

Our curriculum at Winsford High Street Community Primary School is driven by the needs of our pupils, the locality of our pupils and the desire to provide first-hand experiences which will  equip our pupils with a sense of worth, empowerment and respect, preparing them for the next stage of transition in education. 

Through the curriculum, the children at High Street are encouraged to reflect on their learning   and to improve and develop their skills to enable them to access a future career pathway. Our students will face unique economic, environmental, and humanitarian challenges in the future therefore we aim to build skills for problem solving which will address these challenges. We encourage critical thinking through creativity, practical experiences and collaborative learning. 

Please see below the intent of each of our subject areas

EYFS

Our Early Years Provision at Winsford High Street Community Primary School is driven by the needs of our pupils who join us from varied starting points and with varied life experiences.  We strive to ensure that by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage the children at Winsford High Street will be happy, confident, resilient, independent learners who embody the characteristics of effective learning to allow them to transition smoothly into Year One.  Our Early Years Foundation Stage allows children to actively ask questions, build on their natural curiosity, develop problem-solving abilities and broaden their purposeful knowledge and skills.  At Winsford High Street we strongly believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial to children’s later learning and therefore strive to give them the very best start to their education.

Maths

We value the contribution of all children and know that Working Together will always help us To Achieve. At High Street we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics. We believe that at each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate deep, conceptual understanding of a topic and build on this over time. We want children to be able to not only recall and use the maths taught but to also be able to transfer and apply it in different contexts, being able to reason and problem solve. We aim for a deep quality of learning is what by teaching maths using the mastery approach. â€¯ 

By giving the children the opportunity to understand their maths fully and apply it to real life situations we believe our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stages of their education. 

English – Reading

At Winsford High Street, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and enjoyment. At our school, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping our children with a strong knowledge of the spoken and written language; we widely encourage and are enthusiastic about our children developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 

English – Writing

At High Street we believe good literacy skills provide our children with the building blocks not just for academic success, but for fulfilling careers and rewarding lives. 

Writing is a crucial and fundamental part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.  

Our intention is for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and composition, along with an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave High Street being able to use fluent and legible handwriting.  

Science

At Winsford High Street, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at Winsford High Street so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. 

Computing

Computing at High Street aims to provide a high-quality computing education focusing on the three key strands of the national curriculum: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.  

Computing is not a subject just about memorising facts and vocabulary words, it's about solving complex problems, collaborating with others and learning from mistakes. We want children to become independent and have fun with technology while developing skills, allowing them to be active participants in the constantly changing and developing technological era.  

Our pupils will learn to understand the importance of being a responsible citizen online and how to protect themselves and others.  

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology and a high-quality computing education, which encourages creativity, will enable our pupils to understand and change the world around them. 

PSCHE

At High Street we value PSHCE/SEAL to be the glue that holds the curriculum and overall school experience of the child together. We believe that all people regardless of race, religion, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age must feel welcome in school with a clear ethos that spells out acceptance and respect. Through progressively structured lessons, activities and assemblies across all Key Stages and beyond our teaching includes all of these differences, as we believe that our children’s identities are being formed, evaluated and re-evaluated all the way through their formative years. We encourage and teach the children to develop their self-worth, explore and have confidence in their identity and who they are as they navigate their way into adolescence and adulthood.  

Throughout our PSHCE/SEAL curriculum High Street supports the child’s well-being and mental health by creating an ethos where everyone feels included. The children learn about the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions, how to form and maintain good relationships, how to cope and manage change and uncertainty and how to develop resilience and empowerment. By giving our children these opportunities we believe all the children will feel that they belong, have a valuable contribution to make and they will feel prepared for a life where diversity is embraced and there is no fear of difference.  

Art and Design

At Winsford High Street Community Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. We give children the opportunities to develop and extend their skills using a range of media and materials, study famous artists and be reflective and evaluative with the intent that children will have the necessary skills to reach their full potential. 

Design and Technology

Design and technology at High Street is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts with careful consideration. 

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 

Music

In Music we aim to provide a wide variety of 'hands -on' musical experiences which seek to promote, develop and strengthen all children's knowledge and understanding of the key musical elements, (pitch, duration, rhythm, dynamics, tempo and timbre) through the processes of performing and composing, listening and appraising. Through progressively structured activities across all Key stages and beyond, each individual will have opportunities to broaden and strengthen their musical skills and have the confidence to creatively explore their own individual ideas, enabling them to respond to music in many different ways, including using their voices, dancing and movement and playing musical instruments, whilst creating and recording their own musical ideas and have the confidence and enthusiasm to share them with others.

PE

At High Street we aim to lay the foundations for the lifelong enjoyment of physical activity, sport and exercise. We achieve this by enthusing and inspiring our children through an experience rich curriculum which allows them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to lead a healthy lifestyle, understand their bodies and appreciate the importance of regular physical activity. We aim to develop their physical literacy, confidence and resilience by providing opportunities for all to participate in gymnastics, athletics, dance, games, swimming / water safety and outdoor adventurous activities.  

History

The history curriculum at High Street makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality contributing to children’s sense of self-worth. Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at High Street is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at High Street aims to ensure that all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity.

Geography

At High Street, Geography is taught to a high standard following the National Curriculum Framework. Our Geography Curriculum is designed to promote engagement in learning from a local to global level. A focus on the people who live there addressing diversity, resources, natural and human environments allows the pupils to develop geographical knowledge to understand the key physical and human processes. We believe it is important to use a range of effective resources relating to the ever-changing world in which we live, including ICT, to ignite pupil’s curiosity about the world around them. We want our pupils to grow in confidence in gaining practical experiences through the means of fieldwork to gather and analyse data so they can broaden their learning and deepen their understanding in how to use enquiry skills in observing geographical processes. At High Street pupils are provided with opportunities to become passionate about environmental issues locally, nationally and globally.  In doing so, our pupils  are able to  create well-balanced opinions through the use of critical thinking and recognise their   responsibility to take care of the world around them and empower them to do so.  

MFL

Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Winsford High Street our teaching of French enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.  It is intended that when children leave High Street, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at secondary school and equipping them for future study or work in other countries. 

RE

In the context of today’s world, we promote at High Street Primary School that Religious Education (R.E) should assist children to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion, culture and belief. Children are taught how to develop and understand their own moral compass and reflect upon their own beliefs and cultural practices as well as learning about different religions. Pupils will naturally draw upon other subjects throughout their Religious Education journey at High Street, such as: geography, science and history. We enable pupils to learn about and deeply understand the six major religions united by understanding the wider world around us.   

Global Dimensions

At Winsford High Street Primary and Nursery School, we strive to provide our children with opportunities to engage with local and global issues through a broad and balanced curriculum. We offer first hand experiences and utilise links with local, national and global companies and charities to further enhance global learning across the school.  

Throughout their time at Winsford High Street, children will be exposed to a range of global concerns that will deepen their understanding of such issues through a variety of activities that challenge perceptions and encourage critical thinking. From community fundraising campaigns to participating in global action days, we aim for our children at Winsford High Street to become active global citizens, empowered to affect change.  

Raising Aspirations

Together with the Winsford Education Partnership, staff at Winsford High Street strive to tackle disadvantage, raise aspirations and improve the social mobility of the children within our town. By embedding careers and aspirational links within our curriculum, we aim to raise the aspirations of young people and their parents/carers across Winsford, to provide opportunities for children and young people to access high quality learning and training, and to help children to develop skills to successfully transfer to employment and contribute to the economy. By providing the children with opportunities to explore and learn about a range of vocations, we strongly believe this is crucial in allowing them to actively question their futures, build on resilience, and broaden their skills and horizons for the future. 

 

Winsford High Street Community Primary School, High St, Winsford CW7 2AU

Tel: 01606 668 066 | Email: head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk