Developing happy learners

At Wellesley Primary School we value the individuality and potential in every child.  We strive to develop happy, motivated young thinkers who ask questions about the world around them and who are well-equipment for the 21st Century.  We teach a broad, balanced National Curriculum, but also nurture independent, responsible children through our creative curriculum and Forest Schools lessons.  Our curriculum helps children become the very best that they can be.  For more detail of each subject please choose from the menu bar.  An overview can be found below.  There is a separate section for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  To find out more about our exciting curriculum, please contact the school.

Aim high - reach for the sky!

English

At Wellesley we teach the key elements of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, puctuation and handwriting through daily lessons and with additional Guided Reading sessions. We believe that learning to read is central for all areas of development and is a vital skill for life (please see our reading guidance for parents). We encourage children to read as often as possible through a range of reading activities throughout the school year such as our Book Week, World Poetry Day and Poetry Trails. We use Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme in KS2 and a variety of schemes in KSA.  We also have a key text for each term that links to our topic work and engages the children.  Phonics is taught from EYFS to Year 2 using the Read, Write Inc scheme. In years 3 to 6 we use Read,Write Inc Spelling scheme daily. This underpins children reading and writing development. Children are encouraged to become independent, confident writers who are able to write for a variety of meaningful purposes for examle taking part in the Radio 2 '500 words' short story competition. In all aspects of work children are taught to use correct grammar and punctuation. Through a variety of speaking and listening opportunities and activities children are encouraged to gain confidence. We aim to teach the children to develop a cursive handwriting style that is fluent, joined and legible.

Maths

At Wellesley we aim to encourage our children to have a positive attitude towards mathematics, enjoying the fun and mental challenge it brings.  We believe that allowing our pupils to develop their knowldge and understanding of mathematics through practical actviity, exploration and discussion gives them a secure start in using the number system more confidently. We have carefully planned a progression of methods which are taught from Reception to Year 6 (please see our calculation policy) that covers all National Curriculum objectives.  We also give children opportunities to explore problem solving activities that embed methods taught in all areas of mathematics.  We encourage children to learn the key facts early as this underpins all our mathematics work, with this in mind we encourage extra learning of times tables at home.
Creative

At Wellesley we want to develop creative, independent children who enjoy learning.  In order to achieve this, the majority of our subjects are taught through topics or through quality books that motivate and interest the children, e.g. Space, Ancient Greece, The Iron Man, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Castles.  Each topic involves opportunities to be creative through art, dance, music, science or DT.  Three times a year the children are also given the opportunity, towards the end of the topic, to plan, research and produce their own project.  This encourages them to develop their independent learning skills.  At the end of the topic, children celebrate and share their projects.

Quotes for children.....

"You really feel good when you achieve it" (your project) - Y3 child.

"It's freedom to find out what you're interested in" - Y6 child.
Foundation

Whenever possible our teaching of different subject areas is taught through our creative curriculum topic.  Some subjects, e.g. PE, Modern Foreign Languages, are still taught as separate lessons.  All of our lessons are planned and taught following the National Curriculum programmes of study.