The school knows that for the children to succeed and derive the maximum benefit from school then it has to offer a wide-ranging, engaging, exciting and interesting curriculum.
A significant number of children arrive at school with poverty of ambition and aspiration
and therefore we know we have to challenge and overcome this by adopting a three-pronged approach.
First, we recognise the importance of an appropriate curriculum that addresses the many gaps in children’s basic skill and knowledge. It is designed to:
Recognise children’s prior learning;
Provide first-hand learning experiences;
Allow the children to develop interpersonal skills;
Become creative, critical thinkers.
Second, we want all of our children to have the entitlement of a full curriculum. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning (see ‘Creating Memories at OLW’ sheet). We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits
to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use our OLW values (Respect, Safe, Kind) to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Third, we have to ensure that children achieve well and attain good standards as a result of the curriculum.
School actively seeks external expertise with staff accessing high quality and relevant training opportunities to drive their knowledge and the curriculum forward. Consultants in Maths, English, EYFS and IT have been engaged within the school to develop this personalised curriculum, maximising opportunities for learning.
Teaching consistently deepens and improves pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding and focuses on the important key skills that children need to thrive and do well. The teaching of reading is a major focus and all teachers have a very secure knowledge of how to develop excellent reading habits and skills.
The appropriately targeted support for reading, combined with effective quality first teaching strategies that
match the pupils’ individual needs means that all pupils’ needs are met and they make good and outstanding progress in reading. In the EFYS, KS1 and KS2 teachers use a very effective range of teaching styles and strategies in lessons to sustain the pupils’ enjoyment of and active participation in reading aloud.
High-quality phonics lessons will be delivered from Reception and will include some children in Years 2 and 3 so that all children have the necessary skills to access the wider curriculum.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, class masses and Stay and Play sessions.
Children leave OLW with a sense of belonging to a tightly-knit community where they are ready for Key Stage 3, have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
We are proud of the part we play in their journey and know that they have been supported and guided throughout their primary school life in an inclusive and nurturing environment.