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At the end of their Learning Journey the children have a ‘Fabulous Finish’, which is the opportunity to share their learning, knowledge and skills from that term.

Curriculum Overview

Willingdon’s Creative Curriculum

At Willingdon Primary School we review of our curriculum every July, evaluating ‘what went well’ and ‘what could we do better’.

Since September 2018 we have adopted a creative approach whereby teachers work with the National Curriculum 2014 to design inspiring and imaginative Learning Journeys based on the children’s interests, their own experiences and expertise. Learning Journeys are purposeful and joined up, relevant links are made between core and foundation subjects. To engage the children in each learning journey there is a ‘hook’ known as a Stunning Start, which introduces an element of awe and wonder and natural curiosity about what they are about to learn. Total immersion into their journey of discovery follows with the children gaining knowledge and improving skills year on year.

Curriculum Intent

Willingdon Primary School is a big school with big ambitions and high expectations. We are an outward looking school with a strong sense of community and a commitment to inclusivity. Our children’s voices help us to shape, drive and refine our curriculum, which is constantly evolving.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, and offers a rich, broad and balanced range of activities and learning. To meet all our children’s needs our curriculum is well mapped out with a variety of academic challenges, designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to be successful learners. We balance the requirement of children to reach the national expectations in reading, writing and maths with our creative curriculum to provide purposeful and enriching experiences, which reflect the school community and local diversity.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning, along with a planned and structured programme of personal and health development underpins all our work. The curriculum is infused with opportunities to promote mindfulness and the emotional and mental health of our children is of the utmost importance.

Our curriculum enables our children to share ideas, express their opinions and apply knowledge and skills learned in a large range of meaningful contexts. It offers opportunities to investigate, question, debate and challenge. It enables children to be curious, to be keen and eager to learn, be inquisitive, be enquiring and to appreciate the wonder of discovering something new and different.

Our focus on curriculum development has always been carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides children with happy memories, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, know the importance of and be proud of their locality, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance to learning and ultimately to help every child to find their strengths and their interests.

Our Creative Curriculum

Planning, Organisation and Development 2019 – 2020

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“Creativity is a balance between freedom, authority skill and speculation. It can be taught but you have to loosen up the system to let it happen. You can’t have creative learning without creative teaching” Anon

Long Term Plans

Our Learning Journey Topics and further details of the subject areas covered in each year are on this page.  Please click on the links below for each year group. 

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