With the new curriculum being put in place from September 2019, Widden is reviewing and developing the wider curriculum. The wider curriculum includes subjects such as: History, Geography, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art and Design Technology, Computing and Physical Education.
As our school mission statement states, our approach will be:
Opening doors to exciting learning, the wider world and a fulfilled future
Publications about the primary national curriculum:
Subject Specific Information:
History at Widden is taught thematically as part of each year group’s topic. Teachers aim to create an exciting and engaging atmosphere in order to aid understanding and will use artefacts, school trips and practical experiences in order to facilitate this.
Geography at Widden is incorporated into each year group’s topic. The skills are taught in sequence across the year groups, meaning that each year the children gain greater depth to their knowledge and understanding. The teachers use resources, school trips and practical activities to help widen the children’s experiences. We have introduced the use of a new internet-based resource: Oddizzi! This provides a fantastic opportunity for children to learn and interact with interesting geographical facts and skills. Have a look here: https://www.oddizzi.com
We follow the Primary National Curriculum for Geography in England.
Religious Education (R.E.)
Religious Education at Widden is based on the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE.
The principal aim of the teaching of R.E. taken from the syllabus is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. At Widden, we teach children about a variety of religions including, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and non-religious beliefs. We follow the principal aim by encouraging children to ask questions about what other people believe and what they believe, making comparisons between the two.
Below is a copy of the long-term plan which shows how children build upon their knowledge and understanding of different religions throughout their school career.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Many children at Widden are multi-lingual already. Our teaching of MFL begins with valuing all the languages that our children and families speak.
In KS2 we teach French and Spanish so that our children are prepared for their learning of languages at secondary school.
The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. We employ specialist music teachers to teach musical instruments to whole classes. This gives pupils the best opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of the curriculum.
The children also have the opportunity to learn how to sing: every child partakes in singing assemblies as well as learning songs in their classes through the wider topics which they study.
Extra-Curricular participation in music is popular with the children partaking in Young Voices every year as well as having the opportunities to sing around our community (carol singing etc...).
As part of our Widden Workshops experience, professional musicians lead activities such as a local DJ, ukulele lessons and a drumming group. In classes, the children follow the Charanga scheme, which covers all areas in the national curriculum. Charanga is a fantastic resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology.
Art at Widden is taught thematically as part of each year group’s topic. Teachers aim to study famous artists work as well as various methods and mediums. Here at Widden we like to use our local environment as inspiration for the art we produce.
We use the Primary National Curriculum in England for our Art and Design curriculum.
Design Technology (D.T.)
The teaching of Design Technology at Widden is carried out through specific topics for each year group. We aim to teach children the complete design process; exposing them to the specific stages of design. Children are shown the importance of accuracy when cutting, measuring and annotating sketches. We then take children through the next stage of actually manufacturing the product. Children are able to gain experience working with real equipment in woodwork, cooking and textiles to produce relevant, useable products to solve a specific problem. Finally, children are given the opportunity to evaluate their product against their original design and state how they will improve it.
Physical Education (P.E.)
At Widden we aim to teach a broad range of skills and games in Physical Education, we support this with an extensive range of clubs throughout the year.
In EYFS and KS1 we predominantly focus on fundamental movements including, running, jumping throwing and catching. In EYFS and KS1 we explore a range of dance and gymnastics activities, focusing on teaching a variety of actions with control and co-ordination. In KS2 we build on the foundations taught in KS1, we encourage children to incorporate skills in to game situations e.g. using kicking skills in football. We cover a range of competitive sports in KS2 including, football, rugby, netball, hockey and athletics. In KS2 children start to attend weekly swimming lessons. We provide booster sessions for year 6 children at the end of the year to enable them to reach the goal of learning to swim by the end of KS2.
We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities provided throughout the year to support our teaching of P.E we have provided football including a Saturday team, rugby, hockey netball, dodge ball, cricket and athletics.