Breadth of Curriculum
Wroughton Primary Federation values the fundamental part that technology plays in the modern world. Our intention is to take pupils from a young age and give them the skills, knowledge and understanding that enable them to develop a confidence and passion for technology so that they can interact positively with the digital and technological world.
We recognise the unique contribution that computing makes to the motivation and effectiveness of learners in our school and how it underpins and enhances other curriculum areas. We believe that excellent computing provision develops wider learning by encouraging children to problem solve, develop independence, be resilient and think creatively. These core skills and attributes are crucial to children’s success now and in the future.
“The internet is the new neighbourhood, the new playground. We equip our kids to play safely in the street; we now have to teach them how to be safe online. We can no longer say ‘I don’t understand the Internet’ and relinquish responsibility” Scott Freeman 2013
We will strive to keep children safe online and provide them with the knowledge and tools to do so. We also share with parents and carers up to date information regarding keeping children safe online.
A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
If taught well, music has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development: increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion within the school and wider community.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Art and Design Technology
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils, helping them to develop communication and literacy skills which lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of a multi-lingual and multi-cultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and that of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. Children learn to speak Spanish throughout their time at the Federation.
Our vision for RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. We follow the Swindon Agreed Syllabus across the Federation and celebrate a wide range of religious festivals, using our children's own religious beliefs to guide our thinking.