At Wren, we combine our ambition for students to achieve outstanding academic results with an emphasis on developing the skills to help them become accomplished life-long learners.
In Reception, we follow the Early Years framework. Lessons are planned based on the children’s individual needs and interests. At this age your input is essential, therefore we offer an online assessment profile which means you can see exactly what your child has been doing in class and also contribute by describing learning they have been completing at home.
To support the Early Years framework curriculum we teach all the objectives through interesting and inspiring topics. These are evaluated each year and developed as well as changed mid-year depending on children’s individual interests and needs. We run a structured day for Reception children with daily Read Write Inc lessons, Maths sessions however we also have valued continuous provision time. During the continuous provision, children complete a range of child initiated activities to enable them to apply key skills they have learnt in all areas of learning and practise their Early learning goals. Interventions are set up to support children and every child’s needs are catered for during this planning time.
Key Stage1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)
We aim to make our children’s learning experiences varied and inclusive; achieving high standards, particularly in English and Mathematics, remains our main objective. We place particular emphasis on the acquisition of basic skills, but also provide excellent opportunities for Sport, Languages and Art by connecting with our specialist teachers from the secondary school. Wren Academy has the highest expectations for all children and all are provided with opportunities to discover and develop their own unique talents. A detailed curriculum has been planned and designed by the Headteacher, Leadership Team and Subject Leaders with input from the teachers to ensure it extends children’s core skills in reading, writing and Maths but also allows them to master key skills in other areas of the curriculum such as History, Geography and Science. Developing children’s key vocabulary is a priority of ours and we use a range of strategies including Mrs Wordsmith to set aspirational targets for our children.
In KS2 we study key topics across the term, which link to the core values we want to teach the children, underpinned by a big question e.g. Were the Tudors Heartsmart? TYhis gets them to link core knowledge, which the children need to learn everyday life and our Christian Vision of teaching key values such as thankfulness, forgiveness and overcoming adversity through resilience.
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Reception
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 1
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 2
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 3
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 4
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 5
Please click here to see the Curriculum Overview for Year 6
SPAG Yearly Overview
Please click here to see the SPAG yearly overview.
At Wren Academy, Read Write Inc is established across Reception and KS1. Children are organised into groups which ensure the teacher can plan for the specific needs in their group. In Reception, we have daily phonics lessons as well as daily writing and reading sessions. Child initiated writing in Reception is promoted and we love seeing the progress the children make so quickly in this area. Children are taught handwriting alongside phonics using the RWI phrases. We follow a bespoke Wren handwriting programme which sets the aspiration for the majority of children, joining their writing by the end of Year 2 and using the correct lead in’s by the end of Year 1. The handwriting programme also supports children’s spellings as it is written to match the new curriculum. There is a detailed overview for each year group to focus on SPAG, and spellings are sent home to parents every week. As well as Read Write Inc, we also teach 'Talk for Writing' units to develop children's speaking and listening skills, creativity and imagination. Children get emersed into a text and learn it off by heart, which enables them to learn key sentence patterns to support their own writing.
We are incredibly passionate about the teaching of reading. The children begin in Reception and KS1 with Read Write Inc learning the basics of fluency, however we focus on bringing those lessons to life with creativity and getting children excited about the text. Children take books home which match their reading level and they are assessed every 6-8 weeks by our reading leader, to ensure the books match their ability accurately. We ask that parents read daily with their children, as we strongly feel this is the most important thing for their development.
In KS1 and we hold regular Book Club lessons. This is the chance where teachers get to read with a group and immerse them in a text, support them with fluency, expression, understanding and intonation.
In KS2 children have whole class reading sessions which we call I Love Reading. This focusses on teaching children key reading skills such as inference and comprehension. These lessons are creative and active allowing children to really love to read.
Our Sixth Form students come and complete additional 1 to 1 reading with a variety of children across the school which the children love. Children at Wren have a love of reading, with World Book Week being voted the children’s favourite themed week.
At Wren we use Power Maths as a whole school tool for teaching Maths. Combined with The White Rose, this enables us to teach the children core mathematical skills alongside a mastery approach where children develop their reasoning, fluency and problem solving skills.
Please click here to read the Mathematics Overviews for all year groups.
An important part of our curriculum is our Personal, Social and Health Education. This includes a range of topics from emotions, friendships, citizenship, managing money and relationships, sex and health education. We use a scheme of work called Jigsaw to deliver these important lessons alongside our Christian Vision and Heartsmart ethos.
Jigsaw nurtures children to be confident and successful, increasing their capacity to learn and prepares them for the challenges of the modern world. Developed by teachers and well-being experts, Jigsaw provides children with opportunities to develop their emotional intelligence and life skills. We teach children about respectful relationships, caring friendships, online relationships, staying safe, healthy life styles and health and sex education, in line with statutory guidelines. We celebrate all different types of families within our community ensuring all children feel included and represented.
SEN Information Report
Please click here to find out how we support children with special educational needs.