"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
What Do We Teach?
The content of our school curriculum, i.e. everything that is taught in each academic year for every subject, including Religious Education, can be found within the current Curriculum Policy, or you can ask your child's teacher. Our Worstead Curriculum is made up of the National Curriculum and our own 'Childhood Curriculum' - everything else that children experience at school in addition to their basic entitlement to maths, English, history, PE, art, science etc. A great example of this is our well-established and well-loved Forest School, in which every child takes part as a timetabled entitlement each year. Also, our commitment to extra-curricular sports and expressive arts clubs, educational visits, visitors, events, special days, children's performances and shows, and inter-school competitions, ensure we are not just about 'lessons'! If you wish to find out more about our curriculum at Worstead, please do read on, or pop into school to talk to your class teacher, our Senior Teacher (Mrs Parsonage) or our Headteacher (Mr Read).
How Do We Teach Reading?
Acquiring reading skills in Early Years and throughout KS1 is very important. Part of our school vision is that Worstead children will "learn to read, then read to learn". We follow the government's long-standing 'Letters & Sounds' phonics scheme supported by early reading scheme titles from Oxford University Press, a system which is regularly reviewed. By Years 2 or 3, pupils are often selecting books from our broader libraries, both in their classroom and from our Pop Up Library in the hall, staffed by trained volunteer librarians. Many of the titles are part of the 'Accelerated Reader' system, meaning your child can quiz on them and win prizes for scoring 100% on their understanding of the text. As well as staff listening to readers regularly, particularly those who are struggling, a dedicated band of adult volunteers come in to school to help, and new faces are always welcome - just pop in at the office if you have some time available each week.
Are Things Different Because We Are A Church School?
As a Church of England school our vision and ethos is one based in Christian values (and we also acknowledge that the values which we promote and celebrate with the children are also shared by many other religions, and of course, those who are non-religious). Whilst we do not promote RE above other curricular areas, we also ensure that it does not become sidelined in an increasingly crowded curriculum. We strongly believe that we promote a Christian vision of education - not a vision of Christian education! Our motto, "Let all that you do be done in love" is lived out in the thoughtfulness and small kindnesses the children, staff and volunteers show to each other in the classroom, playground and lunch hall every day.
Where Do We Start?
We have developed over several years (and continuously work to refine), our curriculum using six areas of learning which build upon those nurtured in the Early Years Foundation Stage and are used across the full age range of the school: