Developing independent, confident young people

The aim of William Leech Primary is to provide opportunities for children to develop into independent and confident young people who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.  Developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding is woven into school life; everyone is encouraged to ‘Let their Light shine’.

Curriculum Intent

At William Leech, we encourage all children to be good communicators and well-rounded, responsible members of the community. We develop children’s vocabulary and communication skills through all areas of the curriculum; vocabulary is at the forefront of our teaching.

As a school, we encourage active and inquisitive readers. We support children to develop resilience to allow them to access and relish challenges. Within all areas of the curriculum, we challenge our children through problem solving activities and particularly in Mathematics, encourage children to explore their reasoning behind different methods and encourage dialogue when encountering difficulties that they will then learn from.

Our curriculum design ensures that local links are developed and the heritage of the travelling community is respected. Experiences within our locality are explored within our enquiry questions so that children take ownership and responsibility for their learning and recognise how it helps them to make sense of the world and society around them.

With these main aims in place, we hope that children leave William Leech Primary as well-rounded individuals with a range of skills which can support them through life and allow them to let their light shine.

Building knowledge and understanding

The William Leech Primary curriculum is designed around well-crafted enquiry questions, within which our children build knowledge, understanding and skills systematically and cumulatively. Subjects are carefully considered for inclusion within each enquiry to ensure relevance and coherence. Our curriculum provides children with memorable experiences from diverse and rich opportunities, allowing everyone to learn from a knowledge-rich approach. The children’s own communities, their heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest. The curriculum is intended to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.

The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. As a result, positive impact is seen on pupil outcomes.

Primary teaching during the pandemic

This year, our curriculum remains broad and ambitious, while also meeting the needs of the current national challenges, presented by Covid 19. By incorporating a structured programme of pre-teaching and the use of detailed memory strategy resources, we will ensure children build on their learning and cover the most important missed content, filling the gaps in core knowledge.

We aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021.

Skills for success

Our curriculum has a focus on skills and knowledge, direct focused teaching and child-led exploration, literacy and numeracy and a broad and balanced curriculum. Teaching through enquiry allows children to make connections between subjects and learning.

Developing a love of reading lies at the heart of our curriculum. It is our ambition that every child can read by the end of Year 2. In key stage 1 we use use Read Write Inc. to support the delivery of phonics. Listening to stories and choosing books for interest and pleasure encourages our children to start a lifelong interest in reading. You can find out more about reading for pleasure in our dedicated Reading Corner!

Musical opportunities are extensive; all children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument individually, as part of a small ensemble and as a whole class.

William Leech Primary promotes physical health and wellbeing.  A range of sporting events gives children opportunities to access a wide variety of sports after school hours and during lunch times.

More information

Please use the links in the drop down menu below to access further information about our curriculum. Alternatively, if you have any specific questions about your child’s learning in a particular subject area, contact the school office on 01670 860267 and a member of staff will be happy to assist you.