At Welford we teach a broad and balanced curriculum that is engaging, rigorous, memorable and challenging, and strives to meet the diverse needs of our children.
Since September 2014, primary schools have been teaching a new National Curriculum set out by the government. This establishes the content and the framework for most of the knowledge and skills we teach at Welford from Years 1 to 6. The link to the National Curriculum Document can be found here.
In Early Years children’s learning and development is delivered through Development Matters in the Foundation Stage which covers Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. At Welford EYFS each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities in an engaging environment. Within each topic there are many cross curricular opportunities and chances to develop the children’s Characteristics of Effective Learning
In Key Stages 1 and 2 children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science alongside the foundation subjects of Geography, History, Physical Education, Computing, PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education), Religious Education, Art, Music, Spanish (Key Stage 2 only)
and Design & Technology.
We have a coherent, subject-based approach to our curriculum that seeks to immerse children in their learning and make meaningful links between and across subjects, while still developing children’s disciplinary knowledge and subject specific skills. This means that children in Years 1 to 6 will, when appropriate, use their learning in subjects such as History, Geography and Science as a context for their English or maths work, but it does not mean we will be forcing tenuous ‘topic’ links when the learning would be better approached through an alternative, subject specific text. We also strive to ensure that our Science and foundation subject lessons are used primarily to develop subject specific knowledge and skills, whilst still giving children opportunities to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills across the curriculum.
For further information please see our Curriculum Policy.
Our wider curriculum
At Welford, we aim to give children the widest range of opportunities possible to develop a skill or passion outside their daily lessons. This involves offering and running a wide range of out-of-hours clubs and sessions that cover a range of sporting and non-sporting activities and give the children
a chance to compete against, or work with, children from other schools.
It also includes the chance (during most years in Key Stage 2) to go on a short residential visit to the Brighouse Outdoor Centre in North Warwickshire (we are one of twenty member schools) and, for some, the chance to go on a week-long residential trip to the Bendrigg Centre set between the
Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
In addition to this we run special events that enrich our curriculum such as concerts, bi-annual talent shows and topic themed enterprise fairs on dates throughout the academic year. We also regularly collaborate with outside agencies on special projects: for instance, year 5 work with the Shakespeare Trust and for a day each year become tour guides guiding the public round the trust’s properties in Stratford Upon Avon.
If you have any further questions about our curriculum please contact Mr Wills (Assistant Headteacher), who is our lead teacher for teaching and learning, via the school office.
Here at Welford Primary School we follow the philosophy behind the Birmingham Curriculum Statement that can be read here.
Below you can see our vision for the curriculum at Welford (currently updating overview to match our current curriculum developments).
Parents guide to EYFS learning and development