Curriculum Statement

William Stockton and Wimboldsley Primary Schools' curriculum consists of: the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects and RE and PSHCE, which are taught through a relevant, contextual and inspiring creative curriculum to engage the children.  Through heavily subsidised trips, residentials and visitors, the Govenors ensure that we offer an enriched curriculum for all.  This, and a strong pastoral team ensures that personal development is of the highest priority for both children and their families. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are provided throughout the year.

As a Federation, the curriculum is continually evolving and improving to meet the needs of the pupils in our schools. 


Implementation of Our Curriculum

To develop confident, happy, articulate learners, who are well prepared to make a positive contribution to society, and are best prepared for their next stage in education, increasing social mobility.

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which is underpinned by aims, values and purpose; develops the whole person; develops knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes; has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills
  • Teaching across all phases and subjects is at least good, consistent with policy and best practice
  • Ensure that Subject Leaders who, along with the Curriculum Manager, are instrumental in designing the progression of knowledge and skills across their subjects
  • Provide CPD so that Subject Leaders understand their subject, keep up to date with latest education policy and practice, and disseminate best practice across school
  • Subject Leaders monitor attainment and progress for all cohorts and specific groups and report to Assessment Manager
  • Action research projects to develop the best practice
  • Keep updated with latest education research and education policies and inform practice
  • Develop local subject networks to share best practice and ideas
  • Instil resilience with a love of learning
  • Develop a range of leadership skills in children, so that they can confidently takeresponsibility for their ownlearning
  • Ensure children are very well placed to succeed inthe next stage of theirlearning
  • Understand and celebrate the diversity of communities
  • Equip children to have a positive impact on their community and understand local, national and global issues.
  • Develop outdoor areas that are purposeful and easy to access
  • Build an annual enrichment timetable, that is relevant and to gives first hand experiences
  • Every cohort from Year 1 to go on residential linked to topic
  • Welcome visitors to bring learning alive
  • Use the local environment and links to Parish Council, Childrens’ Parliament to address issues of our time
  • Themed weeks to bring learning alive
  • Engage with parents and carers in subject specific curriculum evenings – to encourage learning together
  • In school learning together sessions


  • Children achieve excellent outcomes
  • Progress in all subjects, across all phases is at least good
  • The gap is narrowed for PP children
  • All children know their value and worth
  • Children show resilience and love learning
  • Children know a range of leadership skills and strategies and take responsibility for their own learning
  • Transition is seamless and children thrive in the next stage of education
  • Children understand and celebrate diversity
  • Children understand that they can impact on local, national and global issues and make a difference


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children begin their learning in the EYFS. Children in Nursery and Reception benefit from well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas. Children work with a team of experienced staff.  Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. All children follow the EYFS curriculum at a stage appropriate for their age and development.

Visit the Nursery and Reception class pages to find out more about the EYFS Curriculum. 



English skills are taught in daily English lessons at both Key Stages.  The focus is on the teaching of reading and writing with opportunities for children to listen and speak in many different situations across the curriculum. To make writing purposeful and interesting, opportunities are linked with learning across the curriculum.

The enjoyment of books and a love of reading are fostered from the early stages. The children have access to a range of books so that reading skills can progress.

We begin the teaching of phonics at the beginning of the Foundation Stage. This gives children the confidence to attempt writing of their own and as they progress through the school these early strategies help them develop into fluent and confident readers and writers.

In class, reading is taught primarily through a guided group approach in which a group of children share a book together and are guided by the teacher to improve their decoding and comprehension skills.

Drama and role-play allow the children to explore their own feelings, develop speaking and listening skills and learn about the world around them.

In Key Stage 2, children study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, they use different genres for writing and are taught to draft and re-draft before producing their final piece of work.  High expectations in correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence formation are emphasised,



Our children are encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to mathematics from their earliest days in school. 

Children are taught to value the importance of mental maths in their mathematical development. Knowledge, understanding and skills to develop numeracy are taught in the daily maths lesson and a wide range of experiences including practical, oral, games, investigations and problem-solving activities are used. 

Maths is used in a wide range of contexts to help children appreciate the purpose and relevance of mathematics in the real world.


Information and communication technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which technology plays a growing part.  Children throughout the school use ICT to support their learning across the curriculum. 

Design Technology

Design Technology changes and affects the state of our world and life.  Children are taught to combine their designing and making skills alongside their knowledge and understanding in order to construct products that satisfy needs and challenges.  



In music the children experiment with voice, instruments and composition and become familiar with a variety of musical forms.


Art gives children an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration.  Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media such as pencil, crayon, ink, fabric, wood, clay, paper and plasticine.  Manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension.  Children study the work and techniques of a range of well-known artists and research art forms from other cultures.


Religious Education

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on different beliefs and values particularly through their own experiences.

Physical Education

The PE programme promotes positive attitudes towards an active, healthy lifestyle.  Pupils learn to manage success and failure in co-operative and competitive situations.  We believe that by offering a wide range of activities each child will experience enjoyment in some or all aspects of physical activity.

The children develop skills in movement and co-ordination through watching, listening and experimenting.  They are given the opportunity to be creative and competitive, planning, performing and evaluating their work and the work of others.  All children participate in gymnastics, games and dance activities.  Children in Key Stage 2 are introduced to simplified versions of team games such as tag rugby, football, netball, cricket, rounders and athletics.


PSHE education involves all aspects of school life.  We aim throughout the primary phase to provide a PSHE curriculum that will ensure children grow in confidence and recognise their own worth and the worth of others.  The pupils learn basic rules and skills, in order to help them lead confident, healthy, independent lives.  They learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of others.  The children are encouraged to take some responsibility for themselves and their environment.


The home/school partnership begins when your child starts school.  Homework at this stage starts with regular book sharing and homework based tasks which may be simple phonic and number activities.

As children become early readers they are expected to read on a daily basis at home. 

Homework tasks are provided covering different aspects of the curriculum.

Homework provides a very important opportunity for young children to talk about what they are learning to an interested adult, and to practise key skills.


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Heathfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 8DH

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