Children are organised into mixed ability classes with a maximum of 30 children in each class. As required by the National Curriculum, children are taught in Key Stages.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We believe at Wimbledon Chase Primary School that learning occurs best when the children are motivated and interested. Within Nursery and Reception the adult plays a crucial role in planning and resourcing play activities and also knowing when to intervene to extend children’s spontaneous play.
Teaching and Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning. Activities are planned to be challenging but achievable.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making relationships
- Self-confidence and self-awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
- Moving and handling
- Health and self-care
Communication and Language
- Listening and attention
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.
- Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
- People and communities
- The world
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being imaginative
None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities in a creative rich and stimulating environment. Direct daily teaching of early literacy and mathematical skills are taught in both Nursery and Reception.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Children are taught the National Curriculum subjects of literacy, mathematics and science alongside the foundation subjects of ICT, history, geography, design technology, art, religious education, PSHE and physical education. Children are taught French from Reception to Year Six by a specialist teacher. We also have specialist teachers for music and drama.
There is a strong emphasis on cross curricular links and a creative curriculum. All lessons are taught in mixed ability groups, apart from in Years Four, Five and Six where children are taught in sets for maths according to their ability. They also have one Set English lesson per week in Years Five and Six. In addition to the National Curriculum the school also provides an enhanced curriculum to increase the children’s enjoyment and achievement. Themed days, visiting theatre groups and events such as Book Week and Multi-Cultural Week all motivate the children and make learning fun.
Assessment is carried out across the school. Children are assessed through the Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles in Reception and through Standardised Assessments Tests (SATs) at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Lessons are carefully planned to meet all children’s individual needs. A variety of different teaching approaches are used so that every child is able to make good progress. Homework is provided for all children. The type and amount of homework provided for the children increases as they progress through the school.
Additional provision is made for our more able pupils through carefully planned differentiated activities within the classroom, individual challenging targets in their area of ability and through extension and enrichment opportunities within and beyond the classroom setting.
The needs of children with English as an additional language are carefully considered. Support is provided appropriately to assist each child’s individual needs.
Wimbledon Chase is an inclusive school. We accept children with Statements in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice. We believe that all pupils deserve the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. Please see SEN Provision for further information.