The National Curriculum has Core subjects and Foundation subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science and sufficient time is given to these subjects to encourage each and every child to progress. The Foundation Subjects are History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Computing, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (KS2) and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught as a separate subject. Modern Foreign Languages is now mandatory for KS2.
For Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), there is an overview for the fundamental skills children are expected to cover between birth and 5 years.
The school's aim is to provide a wide range of interesting and stimulating activities in a happy learning environment so preparing the child to move from one stage of life to another with an enquiring mind and with the basic skills required to take a positive role in the community.
Here is a brief overview of how Wildridings tackles each area of the National Curriculum:
Early Reading and Phonics
Teaching of reading begins in Nursery by sharing and talking about stories. In Reception, decoding strategies are taught in phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds program. These skills are applied during guided and individual reading sessions.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
SMSC is embedded in all aspects of our curriculum. We aim to promote our pupil's self-esteem and confidence, encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour and show them how they can make a positive contribution to our local community. Our staff help pupils understand right from wrong and encourage respect of others within the community. We promote tolerance and understanding of different cultures.
Computing equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing is also concerned with pupils finding out how digital systems work, processing, writing and testing simple programs as well as pupils being able to organise, store and retrieve data. Computing plays a very important role in the education of young children. All pupils are taught about internet safety. We encourage children to use the rich information available on the Internet, together with the development of appropriate skills to analyse and evaluate such resources with a firm understanding of remaining safe whilst using technology both online and offline.
All year groups, including the Foundation Unit, have access to computers in the classroom. We also have digital cameras, a set of class laptops and LearnPads, which may be used to reflect learning on educational visits, or fieldwork within the school grounds. All of our teachers have laptops and SmartBoard interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
In November 2016, our ICT room was transformed into a fully modernised suite complete with a new bank of Windows 10 desktop PCs (enough for one computer for every pupil in the class) and a range of new and exciting apps, programs and online services such as Purple Mash, Scratch and Mozilla Thimble Projects to further engage, enrich and educate children both in Computing and through cross-curricular links with other subjects.
This is taught in class lessons with the opportunity to learn an instrument in KS2. Tuition in smaller groups and for individuals can be offered in a range of musical instruments according to demand. Recorders and Choir are popular clubs at our school.
Sports and games have an important part to play in education and PE, including swimming, is a National Curriculum foundation subject. Our children have approximately 2 hours PE per week and extra physical education is provided through after school activities, clubs and courses. Each child is expected to bring a named bag containing appropriate school PE Kit.
Swimming is part of the school PE programme and the school is fortunate to have its own swimming pool on-site.
Religious education is provided in accordance with the agreed syllabus for Religious Education adopted by Bracknell Forest Borough Council. Children and staff meet as a school for assemblies typically four times a week. The content of the assemblies ranges from simple moral tales to Christian practice with reference to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as well as books/stories from various other world religions; as well as singing practice and celebration assemblies to promote successes and achievements every week. Sometimes a visitor will take assembly; this includes the Rector of St Michael's Church, Easthampstead, the Minister from the Easthampstead Baptist Church and the Minister from Binfield Free Church. Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn from religious worship or religious instruction.
Sex education is delivered in appropriate contexts and at suitable times in the pupil's school career. When formal sex education lessons are planned, parents will be informed in advance and have the right to withdraw their child if they so wish. This and all our other policy documents are available for inspection on request.