At Willoughby School we believe that children should receive a broad and balanced curriculum at a level appropriate to them.
The Governing Body has adopted the statutory requirements of the New National Curriculum (2014). The time spent on teaching during the week including Assemblies but excluding registration and breaks is 23.5 hours. Each year group has work based on the National Curriculum subjects and Religious Education where appropriate.
We also support classroom activities with visits to museums and other places of interest as appropriate. Following our belief that children should learn through “first hand” experience, visits are organised as an integral part of the curriculum including residential visits, drama workshops and visits linked to the curriculum.
The school is organised into three teaching units, including a small group of Foundation (or Reception) children. The children are taught in mixed ability groups and individually. The small number of pupils allows considerable flexibility in both curriculum and school organisation and the emphasis is on each child achieving excellence, whilst working at an appropriate level. The small number of children also allows close personal inter-action and a family atmosphere prevails where children can develop their ideas and personalities in a caring community.
English, Maths & Science
The development of English is seen as vital to all other National Curriculum work within the school. The skills of communication, reading and writing are necessary for the child to access other National Curriculum areas. You can download our Reading Policy here.
Children learn to read through a carefully structured phonic programme supported by a developing sight vocabulary. Parental support is vital at this early stage and the child’s reading record book forms a dialogue between parents and teachers.
Children progress through a structured reading scheme until they are judged to be independent readers. At this stage they are encouraged to read a diversity of literature and to become critical readers.
We believe it is vital that children can express themselves by written communication. Children are taught from an early age to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. As part of the English curriculum they are taught grammar, punctuation and spelling.
It is our aim to present a wide range of mathematical opportunities and experiences to our pupils to ensure that they have a good understanding of mathematics and can apply this to everyday situations. This is achieved through the teaching of the National Curriculum for Mathematics. Teaching includes practical activities and the use of computing. Areas of study include, number, measurement, geometry, statistics, plus ratio & proportion and algebra in Year 6..
Children experience science in a variety of situations. This will include topic work, cross-curricular activities and subject lessons, in class, group and individual groupings. Work is planned to enable children to develop their scientific skills i.e. questioning, observing, exploring, hypothesising, testing, evaluating and recording. This is supported by the knowledge-based aspect of science as a subject.
The school uses the National Curriculum for Computing as the basis for its curriculum planning. Children often study Computing as part of their work in other subject areas.We make use of Discovery Education’s ‘Coding’ support package. The key learning objectives are identified for each unit of work.
The other subjects in the National Curriculum include Art & Design, Design & Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. In addition to the National Curriculum requirements we also integrate Multi-Cultural Education, Languages (at KS1 as well as KS2) – French, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) into our curriculum.
For more detailed information on the curriculum please contact us. You can download our rolling programmes for KS1 here & KS2 here; these will enable you to see how we manage coverage of the different topic areas of the National Curriculum with mixed age groups.
At Willoughby Primary School we want children to develop pleasure in reading and therefore begin with talking a lot about their books.
We adopt a phonics based approach to reading and teach ‘exception words’. We use as our programme of study, ‘Letters and Sounds’, from the Government’s Primary National Strategy and Jolly Phonics to supplement our own resources. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented with Superphonics Storybooks and Reading Corner Phonics.
Willoughby School has no religious affiliations. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.
When required, the school will make arrangements for parents to exercise their rights of withdrawal of their children from Religious Education or instruction.
Religious Education is taught with reference to the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Children also join in an act of collective worship each day. As a parent you have the right to request that your child does not participate in the act of collective worship.
We regularly use the local Church and visit places of worship of different faiths.
All children will take part in games, swimming and PE lessons as part of the school curriculum. If your child is unable to take part through illness or injury, please inform your child’s class teacher.
It is our policy, as in most schools, to discourage the wearing of jewellery at school. We wish to avoid unnecessary and potentially dangerous accidents.
Children who wear earrings at school will be asked to remove them for swimming and physical education.
We would recommend that long hair be tied up for PE lessons.
Children may wear goggles for swimming provided we receive written permission from a parent.
Parents are asked to ensure that children who need medication or inhalers for asthma have them in school with clear written instructions and they should be available at all times particularly for physical education lessons, including swimming.
For the interests of Health and Safety, it is essential that parents provide appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for their children.
All members of the school swim at Keyworth Leisure Centre during the Autumn Term. Other activities take place in the Village Hall, on the school playground or on the village field, according to the activity and weather conditions.
Yours child’s PE Kit should be in school from Monday to Friday as PE is not always on the same day due to the weather. It is helpful if children’s clothing is named.
Willoughby School has implemented a Code of Practice to ensure that provision of suitable education for children with Special Educational Needs. It places particular emphasis on the role of the mainstream school, but also has implications for the LA and other agencies.
A copy of the school’s Special Educational Needs Policy can be downloaded here. The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Taylor who will be pleased to talk to you about the school’s approach to the teaching of children with Special Educational Needs.
Children with disabilities are not treated less favourably than other children. The school accessibility plan covering future policies for increasing access to the school by pupils with disabilities is available by request from the office.
Download the full SEN Policy here.
Head Teacher: Beatrice Smith
Chair of Governors: Dr Adrian Bath
Type of School: County Primary Co-Educational Day School for 5-11 years
Address: Willoughby Primary School, Church Lane, Willoughby on the Wolds, LE126SS
Willoughby Primary School on the Dept. For Education website