Curriculum intent

In its broadest sense, our curriculum is the totality of objectives, activities and experiences pupils encounter during their time at Walkington School.

At its core is the National Curriculum, but it is also much broader than that; it also incorporates statutory elements such as relationship, sex and health education and our local RE syllabus. It covers our assemblies, our extra-curricular activities, our character development goals…in fact everything we engage our pupils in at school falls under this very broad term.

No two schools will have the same curriculum, given we use our knowledge and experience of our community and catchment to tailor what we do to their specific needs. We take care to structure activities in a way which constantly builds upon prior learning, at a pace which both engages pupil interest and promotes deep and lasting understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.

While every subject, and indeed every single lesson, will have its own specific learning objectives, our overall curriculum aims are as follows:

  • For every child to become a successful and confident learner
  • To help every child get the most out of life, both now and in the future
  • For every child to feel happy and confident being who they are

Our curriculum compass is also strongly guided by a model know as ‘Global Competency’, which is articulated and advocated by, amongst others, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). We believe the cornerstones of this model – knowledge, values, attitudes and skills – helps us prepare our pupils to thrive in the complex and increasingly interconnected worldwide society they will call home in the middle of the 21st Century. We are acutely aware that we are preparing children to live in a world we cannot yet fully see or describe, and genuinely hope they will not only inhabit this world but have the desire and skills to positively shape it.

We are also at pains to point out that our curriculum is a constantly changing entity, and can never be mapped and published as a ‘finished’ article. Instead, it is constantly being reviewed and improved by staff at all levels, both through formal review and the ongoing reflection of staff and the experience of pupils.

While this site contains a wealth of resources aimed at helping you see how our learning is structured and builds, the best way to really understand it is to make an appointment to visit the school and speak to us about our latest plans and the thinking behind them, and best of all take a walk around school and see our learning in action.

“From the moment pupils enter the school each day, they are greeted with respect and a genuine sense of care from the adults in the building.”

Ofsted comments

“By the end of Year 6, outcomes are high in reading and writing. In reading, they are
particularly high.”

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“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

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“Learning in early years gets off to a good start. As a result of effective teaching and provision, children progress well from their starting points.”

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“The profile of sport has been raised and more pupils now compete in sporting
activities.”

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“Staff welcome the professional development they receive and say that this makes a real difference to the quality of their teaching.”

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“Pupils listen to the opinions of others and are keen to offer their views considerately and respectfully.”

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“Pupils behave well and are polite, articulate and respectful.”

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“The school is a calm, orderly and purposeful place for pupils to make the most of their learning.”

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“The teaching of reading is good. There is a consistent approach to the teaching of
phonics.”

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“Parents and carers who offered their views to inspectors were overwhelmingly positive about the experiences of their children.”

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“Staff encourage pupils to be resilient and take risks. Pupils know it is all right to get things wrong and that this is part of the process of learning.”

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“Exciting activities, such as visits to places of worship, generate high levels of
interest and curiosity about the themes that pupils are studying.”

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“The broad curriculum provides a wide range of enriching experiences for pupils.”

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“Governors are ambitious for the school. They challenge and support leaders effectively.”

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“The quality of teaching at Walkington Primary is underpinned by warm and caring
relationships between staff and pupils.”

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“Good teaching through early years and in key stage 1 ensures that the proportion of pupils passing the Year 1 phonics screening check is consistently above average.”

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“Improvements in the teaching of mathematics have helped to increase pupils’ progress and improve pupils’ ability to solve mathematical
problems.”

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“Teachers use their good subject knowledge to plan interesting tasks that engage
pupils.”

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“The passionate and effective leadership of senior leaders and the commitment of the staff have sustained the good quality of education at the school.”

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“Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and
are clear about priorities and plans for improvement.”

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“In mathematics lessons, resources are used well to enable pupils to visualise abstract ideas and to get a more secure understanding of number.”

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“Adults give pupils
opportunities to share ideas and challenge their own thinking and this helps them to articulate their opinions with confidence.”

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“Leaders are well trained and use their knowledge of special educational needs to identify specific requirements at an early stage and provide timely support.”

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“In all key stages, pupils are now making good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics.”

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“Effective safeguarding procedures are in place. All staff have a clear understanding of how to keep pupils safe.”

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“Teachers plan interesting activities that motivate the pupils. Staff ensure that all pupils are valued and included in learning.”

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“Older pupils develop a good understanding of what they read. Leaders promote a love of reading and pupils say the school provides them with high-quality texts.”

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“The school’s welcoming and caring ethos is central to its work in raising standards for
pupils.”

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