At Winsham, we teach to the new National Curriculum and ensure that we offer our pupils the opportunity to meet a variety of broader experiences. As a two class school, our long term planning is on a rolling programme - KS2 has a four year rolling programme for certain subjects, and KS1 has a two year rolling programme. As well as the National Curriculum, at Winsham we also have a KS2 termly home learning project (e.g. Countries, famous people, food) and termly author, artist and musician which the pupils research and produce work for displays. Lately we have had David Walliams, William Morris and Duke Ellington.
All children have the opportunity to take part in Forest School activities on our large field with our qualified Forest School Leader. We currently have an external coach who teaches PE and sports and runs clubs and the Golden Mile. Music is a strength at Winsham and we benefit from sessions with Somerset Music Services. KS2 have learnt the violin and are looking forward to learning the clarinet soon.
Each term we have a different variety of clubs including sports, running, outdoor, choir, sewing and colouring, dance and film.
We regularly have outside speakers and visitors to enrich the children's learning and to foster links with the outside community e.g. A defibrillator demonstration, Open the Book Assemblies and many reading volunteers who come in and listen to all children reading.
We work closely with other local primary schools on planning and joint activities.
English is taught daily at Winsham School, following the National Curriculum programme of study for the basis of our curriculum. Each class has an hour of English a day, as well as discrete phonics sessions, guided reading and spelling sessions. Additional time is given to handwriting, individual reading, and the listening and reading of stories, poems or non-fiction.
Differentiation in our mixed age classes means individuals can all progress; a range of teaching strategies ensures each child is able to access the curriculum.
Blocks of time are given to fiction, non-fiction and poetry. English is not a discrete subject and is covered through topic work across the whole curriculum.
At Winsham school we have a daily phonics lesson in which children are grouped according to their ability rather than their age. We use a synthetic phonics scheme, Read Write Inc, which is a systematic and structured programme, resulting in rapid progression through sounds and blending.
Children understand and enjoy the structure of the lessons. Each session is taught by an adult. Expectations are high and results are good. Students have the chance to not only read, but explore language through speaking, discussion and extending their vocabulary as well as written work in which they meet punctuation and grammar. Spelling is also covered as children meet different ways of writing the same sounds.
Winsham School uses many reading schemes that the children are able to choose from within individual reading bands. Some schemes, especially early on in a child's reading development, are more phonics based, such as Oxford Reading Tree, Songbird books and Pearson books or Dandelion readers. Other schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree or Project X books, are more story based and use a range of strategies to encourage reading.
We use Read Write Inc books in our phonics reading sessions.
Other schemes we use include New Way, Story Street, Treetops and Ginn 360.
The variety of books we provide though, ensure there is something for each child's interest, irrespective of age or ability. Each child has access to a range of genres.
We also use an on-line reading programme called Bug Club. Each child has an individual account so can access books at home as well as at school.
At Winsham, we love maths! In both classes, there is a daily maths session of usually about an hour. We teach maths using a guided group approach which means that every child gets to work closely with an adult every day. 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 topic. Staff assess children’s progress daily and use this information to inform the next day’s teaching.
Each area of maths is taught over a series of weeks, allowing all children to grasp the concepts and feel secure whilst ensuring that able children have opportunities to go into more depth, investigating general statements, reasoning and solving problems in a wide variety of problems.
There are plenty of opportunities to experience practical maths, as well as occasions to use their mathematical knowledge and skills in other subjects across the curriculum, particularly science.