National Curriculum Coverage & Enrichment Opportunities
The curriculum at Wilby Primary School is comprised not only of ambitious teaching and learning activities, which provide for the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also of a wide range of enrichment extra-curricular activities. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum,’ or what the children learn from the way that they are treated and expected to behave.
Enrichment Opportunities at Wilby (Open pdf version of 2018-19 Wilby Enrichment Opportunities Chart HERE)
To find out more about the Enrichment Opportunities already planned for 2019-20 please follow the link HERE
At Wilby we believe that learning is so much more than attainment and grades on a page but a myriad of attitudes, emotions, beliefs and skills. Learning new skills benefits children in the long term. Research shows that learning art, and music other enrichment skills can help children excel in many ways. The best learning incorporates physical learning – this involves handling, observing, thinking and actually doing, learning how to learn the opportunity to explore new ways to learn. We ensure that the curriculum enrichment activities and wider opportunities chosen are available to all children, especially the most disadvantaged, enabling them to be successful both now and in later stages of life.
We organise learning into termly themes as part of our creative curriculum approach, designed to make learning stimulating, relevant and exciting for all.
Specialist teachers: We fully utilise our own staff specialism and also employ specialist teachers to ensure that teaching in all curriculum areas including Art, Music, Computing, Science, French and Sport is of a high standard. All pupils learn recorder from Y2 and brass instruments from Y4 upwards as part of our music curriculum. Peripatetic teachers offer additional tuition in cello, flute and clarinet. We also benefit from additional specialist teaching in a number of sports including: swimming at Stradbroke Pool and Dance, Tennis and Cricket coaching at different times in the school year. Children will learn a range of sports in PE and there are additional sporting clubs before, during and at the end of every school day. We also provide a variety of additional sporting experiences including: Forest-School activities, Rowing, Kayaking, Raft-building, Parkour, Orienteering and Outdoor Adventurous Activities day/residential trips. Visits and visitors: Throughout the school year we invite a wide-range of visitors into school- from parents who are sharing their work/ career experiences, to African dance groups, Olympic athletes, through to our local MP. Trips are organised for each class each term in order to provide enrichment and extension to pupil experience. Day trips include a range of exciting destinations such as: the Houses of Parliament; the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Ipswich Museum, and Norwich/Colchester Castle. Regular theme days also enhance learning and pupils have relished the opportunity to dress-up and experience the day as a WW1 pupil or as a Tudor child.