At Willowbrook, we are extremely proud of our rich and varied curriculum. Subject areas are passionately led (Challenge Partners 2015) and leaders work hard to ensure that the curriculum is enriched. In addition to the quality first teaching delivered, further enrichment opportunities are offered half term termly across the school and run by the subject leaders.
|Autumn enrichment||Spring||Summer||Working towards an award….|
|Art||Miss Hill||Nativity set design||Graffiti Stars||Botanical gardens|
|Community events||Miss Ronchetti||Bedtime story
Carols around the estate
|Growth mindset workshop||UN day|
|Computing||Mrs Wakeling||In school workshop|
|DT||Miss James||Healthy meals cooking session||MAD mechanical art and design museum||Roots farm||Food for life award|
|English||Mrs Simpson/Mr Wharin||Performance of sleeping beauty
Into film trips x 2
Reception theatre trip
|Theatre trip – Twits
Our best book
|Visiting poet/spoken word artist|
|Enterprise||Mrs Williams||Christmas gifts||Mother’s day gifts||Car washing|
|Most able pupils||Mrs Fasulo||Local visit – tour|
|Humanities||Mrs Lee||Mountsorrel quarry||Mountsorrel quarry||Mountsorrel quarry|
|Maths||Mrs Lal||Shape hunt||New walk museum and art gallery||Bright sparks Hamilton|
|Music||Miss Gordan||Steel pan session||Singing project||Infant enrichment|
|PE||Miss Rees||School games
National badminton league match
Sports clubs on offer
|KS1 sports festival
Sports clubs on offer
|Mini tennis tournament
Saffron Lane athletics
Sports clubs on offer
|PSCHE||Miss Neill||School parliament visit to houses of parliament|
|RE||Ms Wren||Refugee Rucksack||Our wonderful world||What is faith?|
|Science||Miss Thomas||Fireworks presenter show||Bradgate park||New walk museum||Primary Science Quality Mark|
We deliver a book led/novel led curriculum in English. See the LT plan below to see the titles covered and the MT plans in place to see how this relates to the National Curriculum. We also deliver discreet phonics, handwriting, spelling and reading sessions outside of the English lessons. Further policies around these different areas can be found below.
We follow an enriched and personalised Abacus scheme for Maths. See the LT plan below to see which skills are covered when. There is also a list of policies that we use to ensure good skill progression.
Pupils study a wide range of topics which are influenced by their interests. We adopt a cross curricular topic approach to deliver history, geography, art & dt. There are links within each topic to applying English and Maths skills and the topics are led by our school drivers. The drivers were agreed with all stakeholders and are; PSCHE, Environment, Enterprise and Citizenship. These themes will run throughout every topic.
See the grid below to see the topic titles that we cover. Click on a link to be taken to the Medium term to see how the topic meets the NC requirements. Each area also includes a letter, sent to parents and carers which explains, in more detail, the activities that are going to be taught and some useful ideas how you can help your child at home. There is also a gallery where you can see topics that have been completed in action!
Science, PSCHE, RE, Music, French & PE taught discretely. Please see the links below to see the LT plan for these areas, as well as the leader who to approach if you have any further questions.
If you have any further questions about any area of our Curriculum, please speak to Mrs Simpson, Vice Principal and Curriculum leader.
Subject Leader: Mrs Simpson
At Willowbrook we follow a novel led and book led approach. English is taught discreetly, and is delivered through story books and novels. We are proud that from year 3-6 children will read and study a minimum 12 novels in their entirety. Year 1 and 2 also complete daily phonics sessions, daily handwriting practice and have the opportunity to be heard reading at least twice per week by their teacher.
From year 3-6, outside of the English lesson, children are taught; spelling, handwriting and reading through reciprocal reading sessions.
More information about the above can be found within the related polices outlined below.
If you have any questions about the English curriculum, please see Mrs Simpson.
Subject Leader: Mrs Lal
At Willowbrook Academy, we want to develop children to become confident mathematicians who are passionate about their learning.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have a daily maths lesson in their classrooms which is differentiated to suit the abilities of each child. An additional mental maths session takes place weekly in Years 2-6. It is a fast-paced session with the aim of improving rapid mental recall.
Children are encouraged to approach mathematical tasks openly, and consider the appropriateness of different methods. We use a variety of resources across the school to introduce mathematical concepts. Children are encouraged to use these during their maths activities.
The whole school Calculation Policy is used to ensure consistency across the school. This outlines expectations for each year group and explains how models and images can be used to teach key concepts.
If you have any questions about the maths curriculum, please see Mrs Lal
Subject Leader: Miss Thomas
At Willowbrook, we follow a scenario led approach for each of our science topics. Each topic begins with a book or a scenario to get the children excited and thinking scientifically about the topic ahead. Science is taught discreetly with one science lesson per week. Each year group studies 5 science topics – these topics can be found in the long term plan.
We are working towards achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark this year. Part of this was our launch of science homework which we are excited about and hope children will continue their science learning and thinking scientifically at home.
This year we have developed Willowbrook’s 10 principles of science teaching and learning:
- At Willowbrook, we know good science teaching and learning is happening when…
- Children are able talk about their learning using scientific vocabulary
- Children are asking the questions and have a desire to investigate and explore
- Children use a range of equipment, including ICT
- Children are engaged and excited to explore – they enjoy science
- There are WOW moments that surprise the children
- There is skill progression across the school
- Learning is purposeful with links to everyday life and the future
- Use is made of the outdoors and completing fieldwork
- There are cross curricular links and children make these links with learning placed in context
- Learning is recorded in a variety of ways
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Animals including humans Animals including humans Animals including humans Animals including humans Animals including humans Animals including humans Everyday Materials Living things and their environment Forces and Magnets Living things and their environment Earth and Space Evolution and Inheritance Plants Plants Plants Electricity Forces Electricity Seasonal Changes Uses of everyday materials Light States of matter Living things and their environment Living things and their environment Free investigation Free investigation Rocks Sound Properties and changes of matter Light
Subject Leader: Mrs Wakeling
At Willowbrook Primary Academy, we aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
ICT is central to the curriculum and is integrated into a range of subjects. To aid this, the school is well resourced with Interactive Whiteboards in all teaching rooms, which allows us to create visually stimulating lessons and greater opportunities for interactive learning. In addition the school has class sets of laptops and iPads.
Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs.
In addition to this, we dedicate two weeks each year to computer science where there is a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these will include programming, debugging.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
In line with Naace and ‘Computing at School’ guidance, we have divided the curriculum into three core areas:
Computer Science (CS) Information Technology (IT) Digital Literacy (DL) “[children] are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming”. building on their knowledge and understanding of Computer Science, pupils are “equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content”. providing children with the ability to “use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and active participants in a digital world”.
Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely – at regular points throughout the year children undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.
We aim to keep our children safe online and also when using mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology. We aim to educate our children to make the right decisions and keep themselves safe online.
At home, many children use computers to play games and learn. We want to encourage you to ensure children are supervised at all times at home, especially when accessing the internet.
These websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child’s safety online:
Subject Leader: Miss Gordan
Music is a highly valued aspect of the curriculum. Our music curriculum engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and showcase their talents as musicians. We encourage children to perform in the school assembly which not only builds their self-confidence but inspires others to want to achieve in the same way.
Our music curriculum is divided into six main steps throughout the year and children focus on a specific genre each term. The activities and games cover the music dimensions through singing and playing instruments, and listening and creating music which is based around a specific song. Children have the opportunity to play tuned and untuned instruments and develop an understanding of musical composition.
Further enrichment activities take place throughout the year which involves the choir, singing workshops linked to the Curve theatre and Steel band/Ukulele sessions provided by Leicestershire music.
Subject Leader: Ms Wren
Subject Leader: Mrs Neill
At Willowbrook Primary, we believe that personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.
We aim to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. PSHE is at the heart of our school ethos.
We are dedicated to ensuring that ‘The school is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school’. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are underpinned by values taught through PHSE lessons and are integral to the success of the whole school.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways. This year we have implemented ‘The Jigsaw’ scheme in all classes from Nursery to Y6. This takes the form of a weekly half hour lesson and has been really successful.
Jigsaw is a scheme of work that brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw is designed as whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (‘puzzle piece’) at the same time.
Each ‘puzzle piece’ starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Lessons follow the same structure each week starting with a warm up game, followed by some meditation before a class discussion and then an activity based on the discussion that has taken place. Each class has their own Jigsaw friend and children who have demonstrated the values looked at are rewarded with badges during a celebration assembly at the end of each unit.
In addition to Jigsaw, PSHE is taught through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, assemblies, circle time and science.
There are other activities that take place on a more individual basis, such as the Hare class, which is run by a team who have a range of strategies and groups to help children socially and emotionally. The children go to learn the skills and knowledge they need to interact and communicate appropriately, it supports self-esteem, self-confidence and appropriate behaviour.