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Curriculum

Curriculum

The Curriculum at the Wyre Forest School

 

 

Early Years Curriculum Map 

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Lower School Curriculum Map

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Middle School Curriculum Map

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 

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Upper School Curriculum Map & ASDAN long term Plan 

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Post 16 Curriculum Map

Andy Train Curriculum Map

Learning for Living Curriculum

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Pre-Formal Learners Curriculum Map

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Learning through a creative curriculum approach allows WFS pupils to immerse themselves in a theme and therefore gain a wider understanding of knowledge, skills and understanding. However, we also believe that learners need to build a secure foundation in English and mathematics, as a basis to support all other understanding. Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy as the basis for all other learning. Pupils are taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Where pupils need extra support it is provided to ensure that every child reaches their own potential.

 

English at WFS – Reading & Spelling

Our English teaching focuses on speaking and listening, reading and writing using synthetic phonics and other reading strategies. We use the Read Write Inc. reading programme which is based on synthetic phonics that is, children learn what combinations of letters make all the different sounds in English and to blend these to make words and how to decode words when they see these combinations. You can find more details of how the scheme works and material to use helping your child at home here: http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/.We also use whole word learning strategies for groups of learners for whom sound blending is not a preferred learning approach.

As pupils progress throughout the school a wider breadth of English skills will be taught through English and across the wider curriculum. These skills include accurate use of grammar in a wide variety of contexts, comprehension, vocabulary extension, critical thinking and discussion skills.  Some groups or individual pupils may follow intervention programmes in reading and spelling; Read, Write. Inc, Fresh Start, whole word approach. As pupils reach Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form they will further develop their English skills though an ability linked accreditation and qualification route; GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level, ASDAN.

Mathematics at WFS

At WFS we believe in preparing our children for the future.

In the Early Years an emphasis on real life experiences means that children have opportunities to develop their understanding of maths in the world around them. There is a strong emphasis on role-play and the use of concrete materials to support their understanding. Depending upon pupil ability, this approach may be continued for individuals or whole classes as appropriate. Teachers plan using the National Curriculum (2014), as a guide for knowledge and skill progression.  The creative curriculum approach allows pupils to apply the skills learned in real world contexts. 

Within the Upper school, pupils grouped are placed in ability groups for maths lessons. This allows them to gain skills at their own pace and prepares them for the most appropriate accreditation and qualification route as they move further up the school.