Wenhaston Primary School

Curriculum Overview 2019-2020

At Wenhaston Primary we strive for all our pupils to have the highest aspirations and to have a good understanding of the world in which they live. They will be the global citizens of the future - our aim is to ensure the pupils are aware of their place in the world and how they are becoming equipped for lifelong learning.

We teach the National Curriculum 2014 and have planned our foundation subjects around the whole school themes taught over 2 years. 

The start of each theme begins with a hook starter to engage the children and give them a purpose for learning and an enthusiasm to find out more. Visits, links with other schools around the world and theme days are built into each unit and planned for at the start of each theme. Each term ends with a celebration of learning; for example an art exhibition, a whole school museum or a drama for the community to come and see. Enterprise projects are embedded into the themes such as JONK and Food for Thought. 

Art, Music, Design Technology, computing, PSHE, PE, Science, Literacy and Maths are applied in these themes where this enhances the learning experiences but some areas may also be taught discreetly also such as maths, PE and RE.


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)

Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

Schools often also teach:

  • personal, social and health education (PSHE)
  • citizenship
  • modern foreign languages (at key stage 1)

Tests and assessments

Year 1 phonics screening check

The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.

Key stage 1

Key stage 1 tests cover:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • maths

Your child will take the tests in May. You can ask the school for the test results.

You’ll be sent the results of your child’s teacher assessments automatically.

Key stage 2

Your child will take national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2. These test your child’s skills in:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • maths

The tests last less than 4 hours. You’ll get the results in July.

The school will send you the results of your child’s tests and teacher assessments.