Our Vision Statement
Our school values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy, successful life-long learners.
Achievement through excellence and enjoyment.
The mission of Wymondham Church of England Primary School is to provide each pupil with a diverse education within a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning.
Our children will leave our school confident, with a love of life, having achieved their potential and with a real understanding of what is right and wrong.
Symbolism of the Willow Tree
The weeping willow is an integral part of our school grounds. It provides shelter and a place where friendships blossom and grow.
Green, like the leaves on the branches, the willow symbolises nature, fruitfulness and life. It also represents balance, nourishment, learning, growth and harmony. Our image of the willow tree represents strength and stability, standing firm and withstanding the passage of time and all its challenges, rooted in firm Christian foundations that enable each part of the tree to flourish and thrive. This will give our children the wings to fly.
Impact of our Curriculum
Our school vision, mission, values and aims will be met because our children:
Will have fun; will be more actively involved; will develop knowledge and skills more quickly and with greater depth; and they will be confident and motivated learners.
The core aim of our curriculum is for children to become:
Our curriculum is deeply embedded in our school vision, Christian Values and British Values– they are the roots of our curriculum.
We aim to achieve depth and excellence in all that we do.
Our cultural capital* is clear:
We have three Global themes which the curriculum is based around: peace, power and conflict, sustainability and identity, diversity and equity. Through these themes, we will instil knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of subjects.
When creating our projects for learning, we want to encourage communication, creativity, enterprise, aspirations, ambition and a sense of community where learning develops understanding that our actions impact on the wider world.
Fundamental to this, is our endeavour to build on the interests and talents of our learners so that a passion for lifelong learning is nurtured. Developing knowledge, skills and an inquiring mind through an exciting curriculum that they will love to enable them to succeed.
Quite simply, we want our children to achieve through excellence and enjoyment.
* Our definition of cultural capital is: preparing our children with the knowledge and skills for what comes next.
We have a project-based learning approach to teaching and learning here at Wymondham, closely linked to novel study. This is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together with a real-life purpose and a real-life outcome where children develop essential skills for life in all areas of the curriculum.
It allows learning to be natural and less fragmented.
It allows English to grow progressively, and children have a real purpose for writing which inspires and motivates them.
It guides connected ideas to follow on easily.
We also use schemes of work and programmes of study where they are deemed purposeful, meaningful and motivational.
We aim to develop a knowledge-rich curriculum through identifying progression in learning to reflect a research-based study of memory, recall and retrieval.
We share work in special assemblies and invite parents in to see work as well as to attend Workshops to raise awareness and develop understanding further.
We ensure that the children cover all the aspects of the curriculum over the key stage through careful planning, assessment and monitoring; a lot of this is done collaboratively to ensure consistency throughout the school.
Our aim is that all children at Wymondham have high quality first teaching in all areas of the curriculum, our teachers receive regular training and attend network meetings to keep them fully up-to-date with current events. To support learning further, we have music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance.
Our classroom displays reflect the learning taking place and we try to organise trips and visitors to school to enhance learning further.
Children are at the centre of all learning and we are proud to work with them and their parents to help them achieve their full potential.
Throughout all projects, children’s knowledge and skills in art, design and technology, science and ICT are developed. RE can be integrated into topic areas as well as following the RE scheme of work agreed by the Diocesan Board of Education: Understanding Christianity; Spiritual, Personal, Social, Moral, Cultural and Citizenship education are developed discretely and embedded through learning each day. As a school, we ensure that our children are taught every aspect of the curriculum and build on the knowledge and skills of previous years.
This year reviewing, evaluating and developing the curriculum offered by Wymondham Primary School is one of the key priorities in our school development plan. This work is informed by the collaboration with other schools within the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust (DLAT) and the research undertaken by Mary Myatt and her resulting book ‘The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to Coherence’. Our focus is on ensuring that the curriculum we deliver to our pupils is coherent, relevant, connected and full.
If you have any further questions please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher.
Children are taught the essential skills of reading (decoding and comprehension) whilst also using a rich and varied range of literature to further extend their knowledge and vocabulary. Our culture of reading helps children to foster a love of books and encourages them to read for pleasure.
We have a wide range of books that inspire children to learn to read; these are carefully matched to the children’s reading ability and interests. We also have a small but well-stocked library where the children can borrow books to enjoy and read at home as well as in school.
As part of our English curriculum, we are trialling a novel study approach whereby we dig deeper into a novel to find hidden meanings and to be transported into the world of that novel. This allows the children’s imagination to go wild, as their writing tasks revolve around that particular novel.