Our children are taught all of the subjects of the National Curriculum. This provides them with a strong grounding in a full and balanced curriculum across all subjects from English, Maths and Science, to the range of foundation subjects. These include RE, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Design Technology (DT), and Drama.
The National Curriculum does not apply to pupils in the Foundation Stage.
The curriculum for our youngest children is organised into seven areas of learning. These include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; maths; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
THE SCHOOL IS FURTHER DEVLOPING ALL ASPECTS OF OUR CURRICULUM IN 2019/20, HAVING LAUNCHED THE 'WESTON RHYN CURRICULUM' FROM AUTUMN 2019.
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The school follows the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus concerning Religious Education, which may be inspected by parents who should contact the Headteacher.
The two main aspects for RE are learning about religion and learning from religion. Although our studies and discussions are based on Christian ideals, children learn about other religions and cultures and are made aware that we live in a multi-cultural society where other families have beliefs and customs.
To enhance the teaching and learning of RE we arrange:
visits to places of worship
the handling of real artefacts
visits from practising members of different faiths
Parents reserve the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons on religious grounds. Parents who do wish to withdraw their children from RE lessons should contact and speak to the headteacher so that suitable supervisory arrangements can be made.
Aspects of sex education are taught in accordance with the government guidelines as an important part of the children’s curriculum.
Children in Year 6 are invited to watch a video with the headings, ‘healthy living’, ‘understanding feelings and functions’ and ‘getting along with others’. Appropriate work and discussion is carefully matched to the ages of children being taught.
Parents are notified by letter as to when their children are to be given the sex education curriculum and also invited to view the content of the films and other materials should they want to.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or part of sex education programmes offered by school. A letter should be written to the head teacher explaining which aspects of sex education the child(ren) should not undertake.
Learning the correct letter sounds is one of the first things the children do when they come to school. Getting the sounds correct is one of the best ways parents can support their child reading at home.
Click on the link below for a Youtube video showing how the 42 letter sounds are made:
Weston Rhyn - Phonics Programme
To develop children’s early reading skills at Weston Rhyn, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme (DfES 2007) for phonics development. This programme aims to build on children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as preparing children for learning to read through the development of phonic knowledge and reading skills. This programme is very detailed and systematic for the teaching of phonics, from the age of five, through to seven. All staff teaching phonics received updated phonics training from Julie Holmwood (ex-Shropshire Literacy Senior Advisor) in October 2019.
Phonics Screening Check
At the end of Year 1, children undertake a Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It comprises of a list of 40 words, of which 20 are real words, and the other 20 are ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien’ words. It will assess your child’s phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year 1. Your child will read one-one with their current teacher so it is a familiar face. Children will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to work the children already undertake during their phonics lessons. All year 1 pupils will take the phonics screening check during the Summer Term.
Websites to access at home (which provide more detail on synthetic phonics programmes, and activities to support you and your child at home);