The School teaches the National Curriculum, and operates three phases. These are the Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-5). Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11). Further information about the National Curriculum may be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum.
In 2013 the previous coalition government announced plans to overhaul the National Curriculum. For most children, these changes took effect from September 2014. Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.
Parents are recommended to have a look at the following document, which provides guidance on your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage, and has been produced by 4Children, supported by the Department for Education.
Reception Parents are invited to a presentation that describes our phonics teaching in Reception at West Wimbledon Primary School. Similarly Year 1 Parents were invited to a presentation screening on how phonics are being taught in the year group. The presentations are available below.
As you may know, there have been a number of changes in the way in which we teach English and the expectations for each year group. We have produced a set of documents showing the key writing objectives for each year group. These documents set out the key concepts that a child should be secure in by the end of the academic year. If you have any questions about these objectives please do speak to your child’s teacher.
As you may know, there have been a number of changes in the way in which we teach Mathematics and the expectations for each year group. We have produced a set of documents showing the key objectives for each year group. These documents set out the key concepts that a child should be secure in by the end of the academic year. If you have any questions about these objectives please do speak to your child’s teacher.
The School introduced Philosophy in September 2014, and this year, every child in Year 4 has an hour a week of Philosophy, timetabled as part of their curriculum. These sessions allow the children the time and the space to explore and celebrate the excitement of sharing questions, ideas, experiences and values, and help them shape their own answers to some of the oldest questions human beings have asked one another.
The sessions are designed to develop and enrich the ways children think, using opportunities for careful and structured dialogue with others. As recent research indicates, the practice of teaching philosophy to children has been shown to be highly effective in promoting enquiring minds and enhancing children’s capacity to think rationally.
Here is some feedback from last year’s (Years 4 and 5) philosophers:
“help you develop your thinking skills and allow your mind to get used to solving complex questions.” – Minhyuk
“will blow your mind and make you never want to go back you your class.” – Amirah
“make you understand the art of your mind and stretch your imagination and knowledge.” – Sam
“stretch your brain and make your question everything a lot more.” – Rowan
From our philosophy sessions, I have learnt:
“to think things out really carefully and logically, although logic doesn’t always help.” –Helena
“to think hard about things and now I think more widely.” – Noah
“there is not always a right or wrong answer but there are sometimes only solutions, and different opinions.” – Gurpreet
“I am not sure I have learnt anything: however, Philosophy has opened up my true potential.” – Bruce
How philosophy sessions have changed my thinking:
“it has made my common sense better.” – Luke
“because I have been able to prove that “nothing” and “empty” don’t exist.” – Edi
“by helping me to understand how the simplest things can turn out to be really complex.”– Anna
“by not being an education, but more a training of the mind.” – Gurpreet
“a way of having a different perspective on things, and looking at them from lots of different angles.” – Ella
“the most mind-blowing, life-changing, reality-flipping, awesome, brain-melting moments in my life.” – Hunbal
“fun and challenging but also brain-frying.” – Weixi
“It hurts my head but every philosophy session I learn something new and exciting.” –Mark
“A mind-boggling session which will change the way you see things.” – Enomfon
Each year information for the Key Stage 1 and Year 6 SATs is presented to parents. New information is released each year which we will keep parents informed of. In the meantime, information relating to the teaching and assessment of the primary curriculum at Key Stage 1 may be found here. Similar information, relevant to Key Stage 2 is provided here.