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.
KS1 and 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 with support 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.
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
History and Geography Medium Term plans
Science medium term plans
Literacy medium term plans
SPAG yearly overview
Please click here to see the SPAG yearly overview
At Wren Academy we are introducing Read Write Inc 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 handwriting programme called ‘Daily supported handwriting’ 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.
In school, children will have guided reading sessions using Project X books. These are innovative and exciting books with illustrations which really engage all children.
Every week you will be provided with different books to take home including phonics books, Alien adventure books, Fireflies, Poetry books and non-fiction books. Please read daily with your child and sign their reading record.
In KS2 children have whole class reading sessions, teaching children key reading skills such as inference and comprehension. Our sixth formers come and complete additional 1:1 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 Numicon 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.
SEN Information Report
Please click here to find out how we support children with special educational needs.