Curriculum

Children at Wold Academy follow a broad and balanced curriculum covering all subjects of the National Curriculum.  

As a school we are committed to giving the best start to our pupils. We have adopted 4 key principles that are threaded throughout our curriculum design:

At Wold Academy all stakeholders will:

  • Aspire to be the best that they can be
  • Respect and celebrate diversity and individuality
  • Are effective and confident communicators
  • Love learning and live life to the full

Foundation 1 (previously known as ‘Nursery’)

Foundation 2 (previously known as ‘Reception Class’)

Within these classes the school follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

There is a well-planned learning environment. This provides children with the opportunity not only to acquire social skills but also to develop their language and pre-reading skills, as well as helping them with early Mathematics, and Science. A variety of forms of creative work that help to stimulate and develop the imagination also take place.

Key Stages 1 & 2

On leaving the Foundation Stage, children transfer to Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) where the school follows the compulsory National Curriculum. Please click the link below for further details:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/

It is our aim to develop the moral, spiritual, cultural, physical and intellectual potential of every child. With this in mind we provide a programme appropriate to the needs of each individual pupil. All classes are taught through a mixture of whole class and group teaching methods.

As part of this, the following common elements are taught:

Mathematics; English / Literacy, including guided reading, phonics and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation sessions; Science; Computing; Art and Design; Music;  Design and Technology; History; PE; Geography and Languages (Spanish); Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education and Food Technology.

For more information on our curriculum planning for this academic year please download the documents to the left-hand side of the page. Here you will find a breakdown of what your child will be covering by year group.

Reading Schemes at Wold Academy

Home reading books are banded according to the Reading Recovery banding levels.

Children take books home which are a band below their reading level, at an independent reading level (95%+ accuracy).

Guided reading is now taught as whole class  in KS2 and at the end of Y2 in some classes. We use a wide variety of quality texts including whole novels, poetry and non-fiction.

Home readers are a mixture of many different schemes. The children choose their books at the appropriate level, building confidence, independence and developing their likes and dislikes.

This year DRET have also introduced their own reading lists for each year group. The children can earn raffle tickets by completing the year group activities linked to these books. 

Writing at Wold Academy

Writing is taught in both literacy lessons and across our topic work. We look at many different forms of writing in both Key Stages such as stories with imaginative settings, instructions, recounts, humorous poems and so on. We apply these writing genres across the curriculum to ensure the children gain lifelong skills and are prepared for writing in the wider world.

Speaking and listening

We include speaking and listening skills in most of our lessons. This may be through class discussions, drama activities, paired talk, oral rehearsal and in many other forms.

Phonics

Phonics is taught in the foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and, if needed, in Year 3. There are six phases which look at various

sounds and the children work at a level appropriate to them. They will sit a phonics test in Year 1 and if necessary in Year 2, these results are reported to the parents. We have just moved to Read, Write, Inc in F1 and F2 and Y1 will be moving to RWI just before May Half term.

SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

SPAG is taught across the school in literacy lessons but is also taught as a separate session in Key Stage 2 and in Y2. We focus on spelling patterns and common exception words, how to use the different forms of punctuation and how to construct sentences using the appropriate grammar.

Maths at Wold Academy

Mathematics is essential to everyday life. It teaches children how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and problem solve. 

At Wold Academy, we believe that every child should achieve in mathematics. To drive us towards this goal, we follow the ‘Effective Maths’ programme – a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics that aims to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential. Lessons have a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding, promoting pupil discussion through active partner work and looking at different strategies to solve problems.

The mastery approach focuses on depth rather than breadth from early on. Children from the earliest opportunity are given a comprehension diet of core number facts and concepts. Mastering these early on means that other concepts can be taught quickly in other year groups.

Children experience concrete, visual and abstract representations during a lesson in order for their conceptual understanding and fluency to be strengthened.

The overarching principle that Effective Maths follows is ‘Know’, ‘Know Why’ and ‘Apply’. Children need to taught a concept and shown it in many different ways. They also need to know why – their conceptual knowledge is only secured when pupils can explain their understanding of that concept. Following this, children can then apply their knowledge in different contexts.  

Following each unit of work, children are tested to assess their knowledge and identify gaps. This helps us to focus on interventions and allows up to keep the learning at the same pace.

In addition to the daily maths lessons, children have the opportunity to apply their maths skills across the curriculum and are encouraged to solve the ‘Problem of the Week’ and ‘What’s the Question?’.

Wold Academy have recently joined up to ‘TT Rockstars’ – a fun and challenging programme designed to help students increase their fluency and master the times tables.  Children have their own ‘avatar’ and log in details and are encouraged to compete against him or herself to move up to ‘Rock star’ status!

 Computing at Wold Academy

At Wold Academy we understand how vitally important it is that children are digitally literate. At Wold we have adopted a topic based approach and computing is used across the curriculum to help consolidate and enhance concepts and ideas. There is ample opportunity for collaborative work, where children are equipped with the programming skills and aspects of computer science which will help them acquire the skills and understanding of how technology is used in society and the wider world. Children will also develop the necessary skills to stay safe online, be responsible and also respectful.

Religious Education at Wold Academy

RE at Wold Academy follows the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for the Humber Region. This develops children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in RE. These are necessary for pupils' self-fulfilment and development as active and responsible citizens. Each of the major world religions are covered within the units for the Agreed Syllabus.  

First hand experiences, the use of artefacts, visits to local places of worship and visits from local religious leaders are all planned to enhance enjoyment and understanding in RE. We also enable pupils to develop their own sense of identity and knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of all citizens and to understand that that we live in a diverse society.

Design Technology at Wold Academy

DT is taught throughout the school through our curriculum topics. This can involve the children carrying out projects over a series of lessons, as they design, produce and evaluate their products, or individual lessons focussed on refining the skills needed for each of these stages. Mrs Rothery teaches food technology across both key stages, helping the children understand the importance of healthy food choices as well as cooking skills. 

DT is taught throughout the school through our curriculum topics. This can involve the children carrying out projects over a series of lessons, as they design, produce and evaluate their products, or individual lessons focussed on refining the skills needed for each of these stages. Mrs Rothery teaches food technology across both key stages, helping the children understand the importance of healthy food choices as well as cooking skills. 

To view our Long Term Curriculum plans by year group please click on the documents on the left-hand side of the page.

For further information about the curriculum followed at Wold Academy please contact us

David Ross Education Trust and British Values:

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

To find out about British Values at this academy please see the document on the left.