At Waterloo Primary School, we are committed to developing pupils’ growth mindsets and academic resilience, to enable them to access and fully engage with the progressive and connected curriculum we provide. Our curriculum is challenging within a safe environment where mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.
With our pupils’ emotional and physical well-being at the forefront, we deliver a curriculum which fulfils all statutory requirements. Teaching and learning opportunities are thoughtfully mapped to enable pupils to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute successfully in the modern world. Pupils revisit, apply and deepen their prior learning within and across subject areas, whilst maintaining each subject as an independent discipline, with its own unique set of skills.
Waterloo is a diverse area with easy access to a wealth of stimulating learning experiences. Through purposeful community links, our pupils are encouraged to embrace diversity and to make positive contributions. By taking learning beyond the classroom, we aim for pupils to recognise, value and engage with the rich cultural heritage which surrounds them. We believe that British values are fundamental to cohesion and successful participation in society and we promote these values throughout our curriculum.
Educating our children to make good decisions and to know how and when to seek help is paramount to safeguarding and our curriculum is designed to reflect this. We support children to understand the importance of, and have the ability to care for themselves and others in our community. We aim to alert our children to potential risks without making them apprehensive or fearful of their surroundings.
We recognise that our children represent our socially diverse community and consider it crucial for them to develop a strong vocabulary that enables them to express themselves confidently, both emotionally and academically. Key vocabulary is mapped across our curriculum; opportunities to revisit and embed learnt vocabulary are planned for. Key facts and vocabulary for units of work are shared with families in order to further consolidate learning.
We recognise reading to be an essential building block for learning across all subject areas. Taught reading skills are embedded and applied across our curriculum. Provision of resources, along with supportive teaching, give children opportunities to access a wealth of relevant literature. This encourages independent learning and promotes a natural curiosity to expand on what they learn in the classroom.
Generic skills of collaboration and communication are developed throughout each child’s journey at Waterloo Primary School. Questioning and tasks are skilfully planned to scaffold and extend, ensuring every child, whatever their starting point, can deepen their learning.
Our aim is for each child to confidently enter the next stage of their education with the necessary skills, knowledge and mindset to reach their academic potential and to thrive, knowing and understanding their place in the world and their importance and value to society as global citizens.