At Wessex we are proud to offer every child access to an enriched curriculum, using every opportunity to bring learning to life within a thematic approach to learning.
Our curriculum is driven by a creative thematic approach which is inspiring, innovative and inclusive ensuring children are ready for the life in the 21st century academically, emotionally and socially.
We encourage children to be inquisitive – asking and answering questions at every opportunity – whilst ensuring a firm foundation in the basic skills they will need both now and in the future.
We teach our children about the process of learning, and frequently remind them of what it takes to be a good learner. The links below provide an overview of what the children learn throughout the year and are linked to the National Curriculum.
We share this information with families every term to ensure that parents understand what their children are learning and have a good range of suggestions about how this learning can be supported at home. It is a curriculum rooted within the principles of excellence and enjoyment, so please take a look at the Year group links at the side … Please see our curriculum letter to parents and why not visit for yourself to see the fantastic work we are doing!
Our shared vision for our curriculum is:
We inspire the children to have a love of learning and have an open mindset when facing new or difficult challenges
Our curriculum embraces technology it is challenging and creative and relevant to the community and world we live in. Children are investigative and curious about their learning and have fun in developing skills for later life and are active and health conscious.
Our curriculum is inclusive, built to support multiple intelligences and is child informed. It empowers and motivates all children to challenge their current ways of thinking and reach their full potential.
At Wessex Primary School we are proud to offer the pupils a text rich learning environment where imagination and creativity can be fuelled. Through our rigorous phonics curriculum, we ensure pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to develop as confident readers who have a love of books.
To achieve this, we ensure that:
• there is a sharp focus on ensuring that younger children gain the phonics knowledge necessary to read and spell
• reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer
• a rigorous, sequential and interactive approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading
• at all stages, reading attainment is assessed and gaps are addressed quickly and effectively for all pupils
• at the early stages of learning to read, reading materials are closely matched to the learners’ phonics knowledge
Throughout the early years of Wessex Primary School, we adopt a quality first synthetics phonics programme. This provides a comprehensive system with which we teach reading, spelling and writing.. We use Letters and Sounds for the order of teaching and progression. To deliver this the RWI lesson structure, phrases, books and resources are used.
Phonics is delivered through whole class teaching to ensure all children are exposed to the curriculum. Pacey, differentiated lessons are taught daily. They are enhanced with a variety of resources including ditties, paper and online games, websites such as Phonics Play and Teach your Monster to Read, rhymes and songs.
Children are regularly assessed to ensure they are making the expected progress with phonics. This assessment involves children reading Individual phonemes (sounds) as well as blending sounds to read words. This is carried out individually. Children who have not yet acquired the expected phonics will be given additional teaching in small support groups.
Phonics reading at home
To reinforce the phonics learning at school children are encouraged to practice their reading skills by reading regularly with an adult at home. We know that if children practice reading decodable books at the right level (90% fluency) they experience reading success from the outset. We have recently purchased a fully decodable reading scheme called Collins Big Cat for Letters and Sounds which follows the groups of phonemes being taught to the children. This scheme complements our other fully decodable phonics schemes including ORT Songbirds and Floppy’s Phonics.
For further information about phonics please refer to the School Policies or the Class Pages.