The curriculum for each year group is based on the National Curriculum. Our curriculum maps for each year group give the detail for which; English units; mathematics units; thematic units and other subjects are being taught during each half term. Where appropriate the English units have been planned to complement the learning taking place in themed work each half term so that reading and writing skills can be consolidated.
Our Curriculum at Windmill
The learning and teaching of the curriculum in school is underpinned by a range of visits, workshops, projects and visitors, as we recognise the immense value that ‘broader experiences’ have on our children’s learning. As a school we are committed to ensuring that our curriculum upholds the Windmill vision and values which aims to provide the children with experiences that we believe are essential for an excellent primary education.
Please click here to see each year groups’ curriculum overviews.
- Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
- Year 2 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
- Year 3 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
- Year 4 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
- Year 5 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
- Year 6 Curriculum Overview 2018/19
In school we use a variety of teaching approaches including whole class teaching, support for individual learners and small groups. We adapt and change the support each child receives according to their needs. Pupils with special educational needs receive their own provision plans and support in a variety of ways. We are committed to using these approaches to deliver the curriculum as we believe that the children’s learning experience is enhanced as they develop their ability to: ask and answer challenging questions effectively; listen, speak and respond with greater confidence in classwork/discussion; work effectively both as an independent and collaborative learner; lead and take greater ownership and responsibility for their own learning.
‘How We Teach Reading.’
At Windmill, we believe that reading is fundamental to the development of children’s language and imagination. There is lots of research to demonstrate the links between good reading skills from an early age and future success in life. That is why we want all our children to be readers, be passionate about reading and develop a love of books.
We hold themed book events; including Scholastic Book Fairs, World Book Days and we are developing our links with our local authority library – The Dales Library. We also have authors and story-tellers in for workshops and we are developing Buddy Reading sessions across our school. Children are innovative when developing their own passions for reading including organising and running their own successful daily lunchtime Reading Hut (run by our Year 5/6 Reading Role Models).
Read Write Inc. at Windmill.
Read Write Inc. is the programme we use to teach children to read. At the heart of Read Write Inc. is the systematic teaching of all the common sounds in the English language (RWI calls these the Speed Sounds). Children are taught to recognise the sounds and to put them together (‘sound blend’ them) into words for reading. This is our first year of using the programme and it has had a rapid impact upon children’s reading fluency. The principles of RWI Inc. are rooted in the New Curriculum (2014).
Reading opens the door to learning and our aim is to make every child a reader. Using Read Write, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. Your child will be put into a small literacy group appropriate to their level. This group may change often as your child progresses and they will often be taught by teachers and staff that are not their class teachers. Throughout the day your child will be exposed to a rich variety of quality texts and stories to develop their love of stories and storytelling.
When using Read Write Inc. to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- learn to read words using Fred Talk.
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using Read Write Inc. to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.
- write simple sentences.
- compose stories based on picture strips (where appropriate).
- compose a range of stories based on writing frames (where appropriate).
Read Write Inc. introduces the simple Speed Sounds (one sound, one grapheme) with Speed Sounds Set 1 and Set 2. Children then learn more ways of writing the same sounds with the complex Speed Sounds Set 3. Children are taught letter names before moving on to Speed Sounds Set 3.
Below is the list of sounds your child should know by around the end of the first term in Year 2. You can practice them at home with your child.
Speed Sounds Set 1
m - a - s - d - t - i - n - p - g - o - c - k - u - b - f - e - l - h - sh - r - j - v - y - w - th - z - ch - qu - x - ng – nk
Speed Sounds Set 2
ay – ee – igh – ow – oo – oo – ar – or – air – ir – ou – oy
Speed Sounds Set 3
a-e – ea – i-e – o-e – u-e – aw – are – ur – er – ow – ai – oa – ew – ire – ear – ure – tious – tion
How you can support your child with their reading at home:
Read with your child and to your child every day.
Take them to the library and expose them to a rich variety of quality books.
Tell them stories and help them make up stories.
Practice their Speed Sounds with them and tell them to ‘Fred Talk’ new words that they find hard to read.
Here is a RWI Inc. link to help you learn the correct pronunciation of the sounds to support your child at home: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
Please see below the Medium Term English Plans for Years 1 to 6. These plans will tell you about what your child will be learning in English.
In mathematics at Windmill we believe strongly in ensuring that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We use concrete resources, such as Numicon, as well as pictorial representations to help children to understand mathematical concepts. Children then apply their knowledge of key skills in problem solving and reasoning tasks. We use the White Rose Maths Hub to support in preparing a rich and deep maths curriculum for our children. We encourage our children to work together to discuss their methods for solving calculations and problems.
Please click below to see the Mathematics Medium Term Plans for Years 1 to 6. These plans will tell you about what your child is learning in mathematics throughout the spring term.
We believe that science education helps children develop their understanding of the world through scientific exploration. Please see the links below to see what your child will be studying in science this year.
We believe that a high-quality computing education, equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world. Through our computing curriculum, children will be able to use a variety of technologies, express themselves and develop their own ideas. Please see the links below to see what your child will be studying in computing this year.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fundamental to our work if we are to prepare our children to become responsible citizens in their communities and make meaningful positive contributions. Please read our policy to find out how we enrich children’s experiences at school. Click here to read the SMSC policy.
The aims of Religious Education are:
- To stimulate and maintain pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in RE.
- To develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
- To develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of some of the main religions represented in the UK.
- To develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold different views and beliefs, and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
- Please click here to see our Religious Studies Curriculum Overview. We have based this on The Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottinghamshire 2015-2020.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education
PSHE education helps pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Windmill, we love learning Spanish. Mrs Drage is our Spanish teacher and she also has her own Spanish blog which you can find on our Useful links page under the Children’s heading.
In Key Stage One we enjoy playing games and singing songs in Spanish. Please click here to find out what we study in Key Stage Two.
Please click here to read our MFL policy which will tell you more about how we teach Spanish.
At Windmill, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Throughout EYFS and KS1, we use a music scheme to help us deliver excellent music lessons fully aligned with the national curriculum. As our children progress into Key Stage 2, they receive expert music tuition learning the recorder, clarinet and violin as whole class ensemble groups. We have a weekly music assembly for both KS1 and KS2 children where our children learn about performance and dynamics as a choir. Our successful Windmill Choir take part in many concerts and our vision is to develop our own orchestra as our music provision flourishes. We have recently been awarded the Music Mark for Schools (November 2018).
At Windmill, we believe that it is essential for every child to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We employ a specialist sports teacher, Mr Rose, to ensure that our children have the very best provision given the context of the school in Sneinton, where access to a sports field, leisure services and big open spaces is limited. We therefore aim to develop a physical education and school sport programme that offers opportunities for children to participate in range of activities and competition, thus increasing participation and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Our basketball team has a long standing excellent reputation across the city, winning many tournaments.
The aims of our Physical Education Curriculum are to:
- increase physical activity levels of our children
- develop teamwork, resilience and determination through competition
- improve physical literacy in all children
- foster enjoyment through physical activity
Swimming at Windmill
At Windmill, we recognise the importance of children learning to swim and to be able to perform safe self-rescue at an early age. We have recently evaluated our provision of swimming, therefore this year we are providing swimming lessons in the autumn and spring terms for Year 4 and a summer refresher course for Year 6.
Next year, we will continue with two terms of intensive swimming for Year 4 and a refresher for Year 6. We will also introduce a summer term of swimming for Year 2 to start to build their confidence in the water and to be able to pull themselves out of the water safely. We aim to continue to provide intensive swimming coaching for Year 4, so that children will have greater success at learning to swim compared to having short sessions over a couple of years. We will evaluate the impact of the new strategy for swimming provision annually. Please see the Sports Premium page for our Year 6 swimming statistics.
If you would like to know more about the curriculum please ask at the school office to speak with Rachael Boyce, our Deputy Headteacher who leads curriculum development.