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English

English is a core subject that is taught every day in order to develop children’s language skills and build upon their existing linguistic knowledge. This is essential to high achievement and we aim to provide every child with the skills and knowledge necessary for success throughout their lives.

Teachers provide carefully planned, creative learning opportunities that address a wide range of speaking and literacy skills.

Reading

Children are taught the necessary phonetic knowledge using the RWI programme (see separate section). Once the children know their sounds and are able to decode with confidence, they develop their comprehension skills and fluency through focused reading lessons. During these sessions, children are exposed to high-quality texts and are given opportunities to explore more complex themes, learn new vocabulary and make real-life connections. This style of reading instruction is very well-received by the children and is improving their ability to critically analyse various texts and answer higher-order thinking questions.

Winsor is passionate about instilling a life-long love of reading in all students. We provide children with many opportunities to read throughout the school day and children read at home in order to encourage further development. Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes per day (ideally with an adult) and keep a record of this in their home-reading diaries.  They also have access to Bug Club, an online reading programme that is especially beneficial to families with English as an additional language (EAL), as children can choose to listen to the text out loud.

Raising attainment in reading is a key focus of the school’s development plan for this year (16-17).  The following is a list if what has already been implemented to help us achieve this goal: focused reading lessons, new home-reading diaries, reading champion rewards, small group tutoring, RWI catch-up sessions, additional reading clubs, outdoor reading area, parent-child reading sessions, reading support volunteers and a brand new library (currently in progress).  We have already witnessed a substantial increase in the amount of time that children are spending reading and their level of engagement and enthusiasm.

Writing

At Winsor, we have high expectations for children’s writing. Each year group follows a carefully planned curriculum that exposes pupils to a variety of genres through the use of high-quality texts. The writing opportunities are relevant and are carefully planned to inspire all children to produce their best work. There is an emphasis on the process of writing that involves gathering information, planning appropriately, editing and publishing. Spelling is taught for 15 minutes every day so that children understand the different spelling rules, have regular practice and can apply these accurately in their writing.


Presentation is also important at Winsor. Children are taught using the Nelson HandwritingScheme starting
from Reception. Neat, legible work is encouraged at all times in all subject areas as a way to ensure that all work is done to the highest possible standard. All children have a separate exercise book for published work that allows them to produce final versions of planned, drafted and re-drafted work that they can be proud of. This also allows them to better understand the process of writing and how much they have improved throughout the year.

After Winsor’s recent focus on editing and presentation, there has been a visible improvement across the school. Children are aware of how they need to improve their writing due to a consistent marking approach that allows them to identify and correct mistakes, encouraging them take responsibility for their own learning.

Read Write Inc

Our reading curriculum comprises of the Read Write Inc. synthetic phonics approach for younger children and a carefully planned reading scheme for the older children.

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a whole-school approach to teaching phonics for 4-11-year-olds to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Each member of staff is trained by Ruth Miskin Training to ensure consistent practice across the whole-school.

 

Click on the following links to find out more about Read Write Inc. and Ruth Miskin Training.
www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc and www.ruthmiskintraining.com

Our children become confident, creative and articulate readers, and they build on from the strong base of their solid understanding of synthetic phonics. 

We strive to foster a love of reading in our pupils, and children of all ages are helped to read widely, both at home and at school.

As part of our Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme all objectives set in the National Curriculum are achieved and we implement additional tutoring to ensure that every child can read by the time they reach the age of 6.

We encourage parents to read with their child for 10 minutes daily and we support parents by inviting them to attend parent workshops, the convenience of being able to purchase RWI resources in school as well as inviting parents to watch RWI lessons termly.  These strategies support parents in helping their children to read. For more information on how to support your child please visit http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents
As well as this, we invite parents to become reading volunteers to help support reading within school.

Maths

Maths is provided as a core subject for every child, inspiring every pupil to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing reasoning skills and problem solving through the use of engaging resources moving from practical to visual tools and then to think about concepts in an abstract manner.

At Winsor we have high expectations ensuring all children make progress and provide them with a level of challenge which is appropriate for their needs. We foster a ‘can do’ culture and resilient attitude. 

Click on the links to view our school Calculation Policy and Maths Curriculum Overview.

To support our pupils learning and enhance our home/school partnership, Winsor Primary School has invested in ‘Mathletics’, an inspiring and engaging online resource for improving and reinforcing maths skills. Mathletics is designed to inspire children with the desire to learn and the confidence to succeed! Each child at Winsor has their own log in and can access Mathletics from home or at school. Please see your child’s Class Teacher if you have any difficulty with access.

Provision will be made for pupils who have no access to online resources at home. 
Here is what some of our year 2 pupils have said about Mathletics.

“Mathletics is fun because you can win points.”
“I enjoy using Mathletics because it helps me improve in my learning.”
“Mathletics is great because it teaches me new things and my teacher challenges me.”

Computing

At Winsor, we believe that Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Buildings on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Children in KS1 and KS2 are given opportunities to consolidate their learning using a range of tools and devices. They have access to a range of resources such as Interactive Whiteboards, laptops, iPads, smart tables, desktops, cameras, bee bots and software such as Scratch programming, Scratch Junior, A.L.E.X, Cargo-Bot, Bug club, Mathletics, Espresso Home and Purple Mash, some of which are accessible from home.

Science

At Winsor, we believe that science is best learned through developing investigative skills.
We follow the National Curriculum but have developed a hands-on practical approach by linking it to a topic. Students learn to raise questions and turn ideas into investigations. They make predictions and observations. They work individually and as part of a team. Our pupils use their literacy and numeracy skills to take measurements and record and evaluate evidence. They learn about key figures in the scientific world. 

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is part of our creative curriculum. Pupils have a DT project linked to each topic. Students investigate and evaluate existing products, thinking about their function, their audience, their design and appearance. Using a range of skills and processes, pupils learn to design their own objects. They are taught to use a range of tools and materials safely and to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Children have the opportunity to grow and prepare food.


History & Geography



The History and Geography curriculum at Winsor gives children a wider perspective on their world.

History lessons at Winsor help children to understand their position within the world. Our aim is for children to develop a curiosity towards the past, which will enable them to ask relevant questions. 

Children are taught chronologically, and develop an understanding of how things have changed in societies and for individuals over time. 
At Winsor, we want our pupils to be interested in their immediate world around them and beyond. In geography lessons we teach children about the physical and human processes of the world. In both Geography and History children are taught to ask: WHERE, WHEN, WHY and HOW?

Music

Winsor Primary School is very proud of its singing culture. Every class assembly and school assembly celebrates cultures, topics and learning through song and music.

Children at Winsor Primary School can receive tuition through Newham Academy and Every Child a Musician.

Music is taught by a qualified music teacher and focuses on listening, composing, evaluating and appraising musical elements. Every child has the opportunity to learn an instrument. Instrument lessons are taught by trained musicians.

At Winsor Primary School, children can learn the recorder, ocarina, flute, clarinet, piano keyboard, guitar and violin.

Children listen to a range of music from other cultures and genres and learn basic musicianship.

Some of our Winsor students and alumni have been scholars at the Newham Young Person’s Orchestra. Many children take part in school performances either as soloists or small ensembles and have even used their talents for fundraising.

Amongst our staff there are trained musicians who have led steel pans at our whole school celebrations such as Cultural Week. Our weekly singing assemblies are an important part of building well-being and school unity. Their singing will make your hair stand on end!

Art and Design

As part of our Creative Curriculum at Winsor, we include art into most areas of learning. Our progression of skills develops children’s experiences of drawing, painting, printing, collaging, textiles, sculpture and photography.

Lessons are taught using different stimuli for their own work; this includes learning about Art History and responding to artists’ work, and using the world around them as inspiration. The use of a sketchbook helps children to develop ideas, analyse and evaluate their thought process and consolidate their skill building. 
Children work with a range of media and work in 2D and 3D. Children have opportunities to work with artists and visit galleries to experience art and art processes. There are also art classes for the Gifted and Talented Artist, where they have the opportunity every year to show case their work at the University of East London Art Matters Exhibition.

Winsor Primary School is well resourced in the area of art and design, even having its own kiln for clay work.

Many of the displays around the school show the great learning that we achieve through creative curriculum. Walking down the corridors and through the halls you will experience travelling through time, across nations, cultures and faiths expressed through the creative displays and art work.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

At Winsor all pupils from Reception to Y6 receive a weekly Mandarin lesson and all children in KS2 have the opportunity to learn French. 

The children learn through a variety of activities, which enable them to improve their oral and literacy skills. They are made aware of differences in culture to deepen their intercultural understanding. They have the opportunity to develop knowledge about language and language learning strategies. 



Activities include singing, reading poems, rhymes and games.

EAL - English as an Additional Language

Children who have a first language other than English may need further intervention with their English language and understanding in order to support their academic and social development.

When children with EAL are new to Winsor we assess their level of need. This assessment provides opportunities so the teacher can see what aspects of language to target next. 

EAL learners need lots of opportunities for speaking and listening, and to be encouraged to use their first language. Key strategies we use include peer support, collaborative learning activities, drama and role-play. 

Work is also produced through the use of writing frames and opportunities to rehearse language orally before writing are also used.

Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship

 

At Winsor we follow the Newham Agreed Syllabus for RE. We are preparing children to be reflective citizens in a multi-faith environment. RE and Collective Worship help pupils explore their place in the world and think about their values.

Children take part in high quality dialogues about their learning and they are encouraged to ask significant questions about life.

We celebrate a variety of festivals and talk about them during our assemblies. Each year, children take part in Cultural Week during which they explore different religions and show their understanding through art and creative writing.

Children take part in educational visits to a variety of places of worship and their work is displayed in the school for others to appreciate and reflect on. Moreover, children have opportunities to take part in RE conferences which promote dialogue between peers of different faiths and cultures, supporting collaborative work.



PSHE

At Winsor we ensure that children get many opportunities to learn about, and reflect upon, personal, social and community issues throughout the year.

Children learn how to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle through targeted lessons, themed-assemblies, classroom discussions and much more.

We use a range of different stimuli to encourage children to share their opinions and consider and respect the opinions of others around them.

Winsor works hard to help each child reach their potential and become active citizens that understand how to live a safe and healthy life.

PE - Physical Education

Children at Winsor enjoy two PE sessions each week and learn a range of skills and sports including, dance, gymnastics, team games and athletics. Our Class Teachers are supported by qualified gymnastic and games coaches who also deliver many of the after school clubs. 

The school has high quality sports facilities with three halls, a large sports field, a netball pitch and two concrete five-aside pitches.

Children should come prepared for sport on their PE days by bringing a white or red t-shirt, black or grey shorts or jogging bottoms and suitable footwear for sports as well as a water bottle