Curriculum @ Wilsthorpe
Students are taught in subjects; subjects are organised into Curriculum Areas and each area is managed by a Curriculum Area Leader (CAL).
The curriculum allows for students to accept and engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. It allows students to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
To find out more about the curriculum, please contact Mr Rose, Deputy Headteacher.
British Values Statement
Promoting British values
Wilsthorpe School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Wilsthorpe School uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The full British Values Statement below gives examples that show some of the many ways Wilsthorpe School seeks to embed British values.
Literacy at Wilsthorpe
All Curriculum Areas at Wilsthorpe work collaboratively to remove Literacy as a barrier to learning. By Literacy we mean the skills of reading and writing as well as communicating effectively through spoken language. Through teaching Literacy skills across the Curriculum we aim to prepare students for life beyond school by empowering them to access information and communicate clearly and successfully.
Students are encouraged to use the Proof Reading Code for every piece of written work they complete, thus embedding these skills of checking and improving so vital to clear communication. To support this all staff ‘mark for Literacy’ once a term.
At Wilsthorpe we are passionate about celebrating reading and we promote a reading culture both in our classrooms and in extra-curricular activities. The Information Centre plays a key role in engaging students in the world of both fiction and non-fiction reading.
We believe that developing students’ vocabulary is key to success and aim to introduce our students to a wealth of ambitious vocabulary and sophisticated subject terminology. Each Curriculum Area actively teaches 10 ‘Word Power’ words per term.
How can I support my child’s Literacy?
Please find our Tips for Parents Guide here.
Useful Questions for students to think about when reading can be found here (Grade 1 - 5).
Useful Questions for students to think about when reading can be found here (Grade 6 - 9).
We also think these websites are really useful:
Love Reading - Opens up the world of children’s literature showing you what is available and who they would be suitable for.
The Reading Tub - A very family orientated site which is both accessible and supportive.
Reading Source - A site for dyslexic readers which is very interactive and informative.