At Winsham, the National Curriculum 2014 is the foundation for our teaching. We teach through topic and themes allow each child to experience a broader and wider curriculum, encouraging a greater depth of learning through engaging and exciting opportunities for all pupils. As a two class school, our long term planning is on a rolling programme - KS2 has a four year rolling programme, and KS1 has a two year rolling programme.
All children have the opportunity to take part in Outdoor Education on our large field and PE lessons are taught by fully trained external coaches. We encourage Music to be a part of every day life, through singing, listening and composing music and playing a variety of instruments throughout their time at Winsham. After school clubs vary each term which include sports, music, creative arts and computing. As part of the Redstart Learning Partnership we have close links with other Primary schools and with Secondary schools which allows the children to participate in larger events and experience competition.
We value our links with the community and regularly invite speakers to visit and enrich the children’s learning. Our Values of Respect, Courage, Perseverence, Integrity, Responsibility and Acceptance are the underpinning moral principles of which our students pride themselves on.
English is taught following the National Curriculum programme of study. We use a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which allows children to develop vocabulary, and experience a variety of texts throughout the school year. Our English lessons include guided reading, spelling and grammar sessions. Additional time is given to handwriting, individual reading, and the listening and reading of stories, poems or non-fiction.
At Winsham school we use a synthetic phonics scheme, Read Write Inc, which is a systematic and structured programme, resulting in rapid progression through sounds and blending.
Winsham School uses a reading scheme in which the children are able to choose from ability based reading bands. Once a child is a free reader, they have the opportunity to access a variety of fiction and non-fiction books across a range of genres. We encourage children to read these in school and at home.
At Winsham, Maths is taught using a guided group approach which means that every child gets to work closely with an adult each session. The sessions are planned with consideration for where the children are in their learning, where they need to go and their ability in a particular area.
Reading, Writing and Maths, including practical maths and reasoning, are taught in a variety of ways through the curriculum ensuring each child is secure, and able to apply these core skills in a variety of ways.