Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

At Warkworth C of E Aided Primary school we have a values based curriculum and so each half term we focus on a Christian value which will then be woven through all curriculum areas.  In KS1 and KS2, we have a cross-curricular curriculum which links all subjects under one topic (please see topic plans at the bottom of the page). In English, our pupils follow Read Write Inc.  (RWInc) from Reception to the beginning of Year 2 and from then we use the Hamilton English schemes of work (further information below). In maths, all year groups also follow the planning from Hamilton maths.  Our music curriculum is based on Charanga - an on-line teaching resource and French is taught as a modern foreign language, PHSE is taught using the SEAL resources and our RE Curriculum is taught using  a combination of the Newcastle and Durham Diocese scheme of work, Understanding Christianity and world religions. 

If you would like to know more about your child's curriculum, please make an appointment to see your child's class teacher or see our overview sheets at the bottom of the page . A snapshot of the children enjoying the curriculum can also be seen in our Gallery section, however all parents have access to Class Dojo (Years 1-4) and Tapestry (Nursery and Reception) where parents receive weekly updates and photos of their children. 

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWInc) is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme. As well as reading, it includes spelling, writing grammatically accurate sentences, writing for different purposes and builds up adventurous vocabulary. There are also many opportunities to build up skills in speaking and listening. Since we began using RWInc. in 2012 it has proven to be a very successful method of teaching children to read and write. Children get a great sense of achievement and develop confidence in the fast moving yet very supportive sessions.

The framework for these lessons follow the National Curriculum English aims for children of primary school age that ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; that they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

How often will my child read with a teacher?
Children in KS1 will read their RWInc. books four mornings a week with a trained member of staff. These books will be kept in school. Your child will bring home a reading book matched to their learning for you to share. Please spend time listening to your child read. When they read a new book, please encourage them to sound out and blend the phonic sounds using 'pure sounds'. Time spent reading the book a second time is invaluable as the children can concentrate on reading for meaning and pleasure, sharing what they think about what is happening or what they think about it in relation to themselves. The first time they read they will be concentrating almost fully on decoding the words. For those children who are not yet at the stage of RWInc reading books, they will receive cards with phonic sounds that they can practice at home and begin to blend short simple words. 

Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website provides information to help you support your child through the programme.  http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/  If you have any questions or would like to receive further support in how to help your child read at home, please see Mrs Moloney or your class teacher.