FITZWILLIAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
Second Avenue, Fitzwilliam
Pontefract, WF9 5BA
TELEPHONE: 01977-624490
FAX: 01977-624498

Susan Harrison
 headteacher@fitzwilliam.wakefield.sch.uk

Curriculum Information

KS2 Spelling Bee 1.2.17

Year 3 & 4 - Word List Records

Year 5 & 6 - Word List Records

Spelling Bee - Further Challenge Words

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Please click on the link to read our full Curriculum Policy: Curriculum Policy 2016

Please click on the link for our SMSC Policy: SMSC Policy

Please click on the link to view our British Values Statement: British Values Statement

Please contact Mrs Harrison if you require any further information regarding the School Curriculum. 

At Fitzwilliam, we recognise and cater for the importance of the core subjects but we also know that to encourage children to develop a well-informed perspective on their lives and the world around them, we have to safeguard a broad and balanced curriculum. To this end, we ensure that a wide range of subjects is represented within our provision and we continually seek to ensure natural cross-curricular links between specific subjects. All aspects of the curriculum are now covered through our Skills Based Curriculum, which offers an innovative and child-centered approach to learning. Through this approach the children access the foundation subjects of Science, Geography, History, PSHCE, Music, Art and Design and Technology. Each unit has a primary focus although they also cover a range of different areas as well.

In addition to this, School has identified six other key learning skills which our children will master as they acquire Curriculum knowledge. These six key skills are: 

  • Collaboration
  • Independence
  • Resilience 
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Enthusiasm

Opportunities are provided throughout the school day for children to apply these key skills. 

In seeking continuity of skills, knowledge, understanding and experience, we have policies and schemes of work for each subject area, based upon national guidelines. Our planning takes account of children’s previous and future learning. We seek to deliver teaching and learning in an interesting way using a variety of resources, especially ICT, to make the learning more accessible to the children. There are many opportunities for pupils to extend their learning. These may be in the form of clubs after school, educational visits, guest speakers and inspire mornings to name but a few. In addition to this we also organise residential visits to promote self-esteem and independence.

SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) plays an important part in our school and helps the children to appreciate and cope with life: decisions, changes, choices and dilemmas. This ethos is supported through assemblies and expectation of children throughout school.

Our curricular provision is reviewed regularly and we aim to ensure it is appropriate to the children’s needs at any given time. We currently teach French throughout school from Year 3 to Year 6.

Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage Unit the Early Years Foundation Stage is followed, which allows for structured play and learning to take place both indoors and outdoors. Seven areas of learning are taught throughout the Foundation Stage, which are intended to prepare the children for learning in Key Stage 1 and 2.

The seven areas of learning are:

Prime areas of learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

A phonics programme is taught called ‘Letters and Sounds’, which involves daily sessions full of activities designed to help the children to hear, say and recognise letter sounds

Key Stage 1

The children’s learning is based on the National Curriculum objectives. Literacy and Numeracy are taught daily. Letters and Sounds is taught in Key Stage 1 classes to further develop the children’s awareness and understanding of language patterns in speech, reading and writing. Many of the other subjects are taught through cross-curricular lessons, so that meaningful links are made for the children.

In year 2 the children take part in the statutory testing (SATs).

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6) the children’s learning is based on the National Curriculum objectives. Literacy and Numeracy Lessons are taught daily.

Many of the other subjects are taught through cross-curricular lessons, so that meaningful links are made for the children.

In years 3, 4 and 5 the children do optional SATs. In year 6 the children take part in the Statutory testing.

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