Washingwell Community Primary School

Achievement for all


At Washingwell, we offer a full and varied curriculum, which incorporates the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2.


The school curriculum is reviewed regularly in order to meet the needs of the pupils. All pupils are catered for individually and work is prepared for them at an appropriate level. This enables children to develop and make progress at their own rate. Children are taught in various ways, as a whole class, in similar ability groups, mixed ability groups or individually.


Our Curriculum is varied in both traditional and child centred methods, which caters for the individual needs and capabilities of each child.  It enables children to:


  • Read fluently and accurately, with understanding, feeling and discrimination.
  • Develop a legible style of handwriting and excellent standards of spelling, syntax, punctuation and usage.
  • Communicate clearly and confidently in speech, writing and in ways appropriate for various occasions and purposes.
  • Apply computational skills with speed and accuracy.
  • Understand the applications of mathematical ideas in various situations in home, classroom, school and local area.
  • Observe living things and inanimate things and to recognise characteristics such as pattern and order.
  • Master basic scientific ideas.
  • Investigate solutions and interpret evidence, to analyse and solve problems.
  • Develop awareness of self and sensitivity to others, acquire a set of moral values and the confidence to make and hold to moral judgements and develop habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour.
  • Know about geographical, historical and social aspects of the local environment and the national heritage, to be aware of other times and places and to recognise links between local, national and international events.
  • Acquire sufficient control of self or of tools, equipment and instruments to be able to use music, drama and several forms of arts and crafts as means of expression.
  • Develop agility and physical co-ordination, confidence in and through physical activity and the ability to express feeling through movement.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception class follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Birth to 5 Matters which allow staff to plan personalised learning experiences based around the Early Learning Goals which encompass prime areas and specific areas:


Prime Areas:


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas:


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Key Stages One and Two

From Year One children then follow the National Curriculum as laid down by the Department for Education. The teaching takes place through subject teaching and integrated projects. This enables each pupil to study a broad balanced curriculum. A variety of assessment procedures will be used including written, oral and practical tests.