At Wells Next the Sea Primary and Nursery School we believe that learning should be enjoyable and we aim to provide a creative, inspirational and enquiry-based curriculum which incorporates the National Curriculum, but also takes into consideration the varying needs and experiences of every learner in our school.
We have a strong emphasis on values and British values in our school. These are woven throughout our curriculum and we focus on a specific value each half term.
Our teaching and learning takes place within a topic-based curriculum approach, linking in our core subjects where possible. This enables more cross-curricular work and ensures that there are more creative and meaningful learning experiences for our children. The curriculum we have developed is based on an annual cycle of themes (one per half term) which follow an enquiry based approach, through which we encourage children to formulate their own questions as starting points for their learning. Educational visits and visitors further enrich the children’s learning opportunities.
We value the strong links that the school has with the local community. Work week, Science week and projects involving the Maltings Heritage Centre are regular additions to our school calendar which serve to enhance our children’s experiences.
Phonics and reading:
At Wells-next-the-Sea Primary and Nursery School we use Read Write Inc Phonics.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a literacy programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press.
In the programme children learn sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught 'tricky words'). This gives the children plenty of early success and builds up their reading confidence.
More information and guidance on the Read Write Inc. programme can be obtained by following this link: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading/read-write-inc-phonics-guide-for-parents/
As children become confident readers, they will move on to books from the Oxford Reading Tree and then become 'free readers'.
Because we value the importance of children reading at home, we encourage them to take books home to share with parents and carers in addition to their 'scheme' reading books.
We have recently set up a web page in association with 'lovereading4schools', which has recommended reads by year group. The page can be accessed using the following link: https://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/school/10655. Please contact the School Office or check School Dojo for the password.