Topic and maths
In September 2017, we introduced the ‘Primary Matters’ curriculum. This curriculum focuses on a cross-curricular approach, engaging pupils through practical, topic based lessons and gives them the opportunity to learn through experiences. Through the cross-curricular approach pupils have a purpose behind their learning, embedding reading and writing into everything they do. Teachers are able to engage pupils with teaching discrete SPAG and maths through exciting topic based projects and lessons. Emerging the pupils into a topic is important and in each topic, we aim to provide pupils with trips, whole school emersion days along with a wide variety of projects and missions. Covered within topic is Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and DT. Within this academic year we aim to introduce maths into the topic curriculum, however we currently teach it separately using ‘Abacus’.
Our scheme of work for RE is shaped by the broad expectations of the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE) but adapted to the special needs of our pupils.
RE is embedded in our topic work, but is also the focus for a full day of immerse activities each term. Dance workshops, dramatic performances, outside visits, arts, crafts and food are all utilised to create exciting encounters with a range of cultures and beliefs.
Major religious festivals are marked in school assemblies.
Children at Wey House benefit from participating in competitive sporting scenarios and activities that can be physically and skilfully demanding. By providing a varied curriculum, the children develop much needed skills that are socially significant such as communication, teamwork, competition, resilience, fair play and respect. By giving the children at Wey House a broad range of activities and sports to participate in, we hope that there will always be the opportunity to develop a love for certain sports, which will hopefully lead to participation outside of school. We are currently in the process of integrating a new scheme of work across the school. Real PE aims to create clear, shared learning journeys, provide quality personalised opportunities for the boys and it will shift the responsibility of progression towards the learner. By using Real PE at Wey House, we hope to give all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. Alongside Real PE, children will focus on team sports and invasion games with individual sports running throughout the school year that allow all children to experience sports unique to their ability and skill set.
Education and learning can happen anywhere at Wey House and we do just as much learning outside as we do inside. We have an outdoor classroom that provides us with a space to take lessons into the environment. We have a trained Forest Schools teacher who leads forest school sessions for each class weekly. These are fun and practical lessons that give the pupils the opportunity to learn a variety of curriculum subjects through fire lighting, team building activities, den building and many more. Each year the Year Six boys have the opportunity to take part in a three-day residential trip to High Ashurst where they participate in archery, climbing, high ropes, tower building, challenge courses, fire lighting and night walks – it is the highlight of the year for a lot of boys and the staff too!