We are driven to provide a world-class creative curriculum which is rich in opportunities to be curious, creative and collaborative. Our WONDER Curriculum gives our Wyndham children progressive learning episodes, which builds upon prior learning and helps our children to know more. Deeply rooted and central to this approach is reading; the significance of this skill and disciplinary literacy across the curriculum is key to our pupils’ accessing and activating knowledge and vocabulary, developing their cultural capital and stimulating social mobility later in life. Fluency, oracy and enjoyment is prioritised in early reading to ensure pupils’ automaticity of skills and ultimately enabling them to become proficient readers with a deep appreciation and understanding of the written word as they progress through our school.
The way we teach is rooted in knowledge about cognitive science, helping to make learning stick over time. Learning episodes are underpinned by our WONDER Principles, driving ‘how’ learning is activated.
Our WONDER Principles are:
- Work together to communicate ideas
- Old learning is retrieved
- New learning is practised
- Develop thinking by problem solving
- Exploration of the world
- Read and research together
We are aspirational for all our pupils and have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of learners, from all backgrounds. Our children deserve to have the best future and our responsibility is to ensure that everyone who attends Wyndham leaves us being able to confidently regulate their emotions, communicate to others with articulacy and efficiently solve problems, enabling them to have a lifetime of success.
Curriculum Directors are accountable for ensuring that the curriculum is coherent, ambitious, knowledge-rich and rooted in evidence-informed practice and pedagogical approaches that derive from cognitive science about memory, forgetting and the power of retrieval.
Subject leaders are responsible for leading and monitoring their area. Staff meetings during the year will develop subject knowledge and provide rich CPD opportunities, enabling all staff to focus on their own knowledge gaps in advance of teaching them. Resources and equipment will be audited and ordered by the leaders, ensuring that all learning episodes can be taught effectively, have maximum impact upon learning and interrupt the forgetting. Subjects are always led in teams as we believe in the power of collaboration.
Structure of our WONDER Curriculum teams for 2021/2022
Curriculum Directors: Lauren Brooker (STE) & Jenny O’Riordan (AM)
|Lead||Rachel Bird||Jenny O’Riordan
|Lauren Brooker||Michelle Garton
Sandy Churchward (Early Literacy)
Nicole Winfield (Phonics)
|Katie Tildesley||Nicol Winfield-Murray
|Hayley Muldoon||Tania Orton
|Wonderful World, Beautiful People
Curriculum Director: Rebecca Harries
|Subject||History||Geography||P4C (Speaking and Listening)||MfL|
|Lead||Rebecca Harries||Emily Noke||Simaran Dhanda||Sabaa Khan|
|Team||Emma Bostock||Emma Mellard||Kelly Gallimore
Curriculum Director: Nicole Syson
|Lead||Nicole Syson||Joe Martin||Katie McCabe||Shaun Barker|
|Team||Ashley Gowlett||Kerry Bishton