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Core Curriculum

At Welton we are very proud of the engaging and exciting curriculum the children experience.   Each theme is developed to facilitate the mastery of core skills as well as providing pupils with opportunities to investigate, apply knowledge, solve problems think and learn at the highest levels.  All our curriculum planning is designed to meet the statutory requirements of the early years and national curriculum.

Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework for children up to the age of five, setting out six key areas of learning around which activities should be based.

The EYFS framework sets out welfare and developmental goals for children five years and under.

The development section covers:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Problem solving, reasoning and literacy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

How can I find out more?

To find out more, visit www.direct.gov.uk/eyfs

Key stage 1 and 2

Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:

  • English                                              
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE), including swimming
  • Computing
  • Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages (at key stage 2)
  • RE 
  • PSHE / SMSC

Please see below for the Parents Guide

Reading and Phonics

At Welton Primary School early reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics, following the six phases within the Letters and Sounds guidance.  Our daily phonics lessons use a multi-sensory approach to engage children with a variety of learning styles.  

Our home reading scheme reflects the importance for children to consolidate their phonics learning through decodable books.  Early years and Key Stage 1 books are based on a range of decodable readers including Pearson’s Phonics Bug Scheme and  Oxford Reading Tree’s Songbird Phonics.  At each stage children will also have the opportunity to consolidate their reading skills through a wider range of fiction and non-fiction books.  Key Stage 2 books include a varied range of fiction and non-fiction books linked to children’s interests.   

Tests and assessments

Year 1 phonics screening check

The phonics screening check takes place in June each year when your child is in Year 1.  Your child will use their phonics to read 40 words on a one-to-one basis to a teacher.  Some of these words are real and some words are nonsense words, providing the children with the opportunity to demonstrate their phonic skills.  Each year there is an expected number of words that children must read to achieve the expected standard.  Should they not achieve this they will be expected to complete the check again in Year 2.  

Key stage 1

Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover:                         Text Box:

  •   reading
  •   writing
  •   speaking and listening
  •   maths
  •  science

The tasks and tests are optional 2021 and can be taken when the school chooses.  

Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area.

Key stage 2

  • Multiplication Check (Year 4 - optional for 2021)

Statutory Assessment Tests (Year 6) 

  • English reading
  • Mathematics (Arithmetic, Reasoning and Problem Solving)
  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test has been removed for 2021

The tests are taken in mid-May. Results are received in July.

When your child reaches the end of key stage 2 the teacher will also report on your child’s progress in English, maths and science.

For more information please visit http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum