Knowledge & Understanding
Science is taught and delivered through the Four Cornerstones of Learning.
Engage – hook children in with a memorable experience. For example, this could be how to use melted chocolate to ‘weld’ together edible items to create a super-yummy chocolate structure or replicate Stonehenge using Bourbon Biscuits and explore how shadows are created as the sun appears to travel across the sky!
Develop – allow children time to gather the skills and knowledge they need to develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts.
Innovate – offer creative experiences that allow children to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Express – provide the space and time for reflecting, evaluating, and celebrating learning. This includes inviting parents into classes with pupils sharing and celebrating their learning with their adults.
Furthermore, because Science is taught practically, with exciting investigations that cover tricky topics in new and unusual ways, the pupils at our school develop a curiosity to find out why things happen in the way they do. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.
Computing is held at the core of a substantial amount of learning at Wildridings. Through a combination of projects and discrete lessons, children will be well-equipped for the wider world that technology presents. Starting as early as Year One, children will be taught the fundamental skills needed to operate a computer, as well as beginning to learn how to be safe when using computers and tablets, not only in school, but at home too.
Throughout their learning journey, children will develop their knowledge and understanding of key computing skills such as coding and word processing.
We also have a strong focus on e-safety within the school. We strive to equip all of our children to be model online citizens and to help keep them safe online.
At Wildridings we teach geography through topics. These topics are designed to engage the children’s interests and give them new experiences, such as Year 2 going to Bournemouth beach at the start of their topic on Beachcombers or year 1 having dinosaurs visit the school! Each topic will also include other areas of the curriculum such as history, art, science and design, but one topic will have a main geography focus.
The main geography topics are: Year 1 ‘Bright light big city’, Year 2 it is ‘Land Ahoy’, Year 3 ‘Tremors’, Year 4 ‘Road Trip USA’, Year5 ‘Allotment’ and Year 6 ‘Frozen Kingdom’. The children, also during the other topics, increase their mapping skills, their knowledge of physical and human geography of the world and how the world has changed over time. Nursery and Reception teach geography through the children’s play and their experiences, although just like the rest of the school, they extend the children’s learning by introducing new experiences relating to the seasons, the environment and maps of the world.
Our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians. We offer lots of opportunities for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way.
Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.
Wherever possible, links are made to other subject areas to promote deeper learning and understanding and help the children to make connections with the world around them.