The school aims:
- to provide a curriculum which is rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, and which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard
- to educate pupils intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually within an establishment based firmly on Christian principles
- to enable pupils to achieve fullness of life through discovering and developing their talents and presenting them with positive and realistic goals
- to prepare pupils for a full life beyond the school; to encourage the development of a rounded person capable of making a positive contribution to the society and environment in which she/he lives
- to stimulate in pupils a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world and encourage the search for truth, meaning and purpose
All children will be given the opportunities to develop as fully as possible whilst attending this school. Wherever possible each pupil is expected to develop expertise in all areas of the curriculum, compatible with the individual's ability. Efforts are made to ensure that pupils of high ability receive the opportunity to develop to the extent of that ability. Similarly the pupils with special educational needs will be given individual work programmes in an effort to overcome their difficulties. Thus, work is differentiated to meet the needs of all children within the school.
The National Curriculum is taught to all children from year one to year six. In the Reception class the curriculum is based upon areas of experience. These are Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
At Bishop William Ward we take a topic approach to learning and learning may be pursued in a variety of ways. Although all subjects have specific learning aims and objectives, there are links between many areas of the curriculum. For example, skills learnt in Mathematics are often applied in Science and concepts understood in Science may be applied to tasks in Design and Technology. Within a literacy lesson the text being explored may have a historical or geographical context, although the objectives would be from the English curriculum. Wherever possible meaningful links are made between the different curriculum areas to provide children with a relevant and cohesive curriculum and the long term Curriculum Plan reflects this approach. However, often subjects are dealt with individually so that the foundations can be laid for further learning. Mathematics is a particular example of this. The Curriculum Map for the foundation subjects is skills based, ensuring progression through the school.
BISHOP WILLIAM WARD WHOLE SCHOOL TOPIC OVERVIEW
|R||Superheroes||Under The Sea
|1||Toys||Exploration||Where are we ?|
|2||Fire of London||Kenya||Home Sweet Home:Castles|
|3||Stone Age or Iron Age?||Our colourful countryside||Rotten Romans?|
|4||Invaders:Saxons/Vikings||Road trip USA||The Golden Age of Islam|
|5||Going for Gold: The Ancient Greeks||France||Ancient Egypt|
|6||War & Peace||Graffiti Art||Japan|
CLICK ON EACH INDIVIDUAL YEAR GROUP FOR THEIR CURRICULUM MAP