About this curriculum

Anchored in our six core concepts, our approach is designed to facilitate a progressive accumulation of knowledge and understanding over time, ensuring that our students not only know 'what' happened but also 'why' and 'how' it is relevant to them and the world they live in.

Intent

Widey Court is situated in the city of Plymouth in the South West of England. Our location has influenced the decisions made in designing this curriculum. As a coastal city and historic port, there is a strong need for pupils to understand themes of explorers and conflicts and how Plymouth has impacted on local, national and international history. Through using the concepts of empire, civilisation, impact and influence, culture, relationships and movement each unit will be shaped by these concepts.  Each unit builds from the prior knowledge gained and enables our children to think deeper about their understanding of History. Deliberate curriculum choices have been made to enable the children to conduct historical enquiry both in the class and through fieldwork and trips wherever possible. Our curriculum refers to the rich archaeological and historic treasures and sites available on our doorstep. Choices have been made to facilitate the best possible retention of learnt facts through a sequential curriculum where children revisit key concepts throughout their primary career.

Implementation

History follows the National Curriculum; objectives are delivered through units building to a final piece of work- a fewer things greater depth approach is taken with History. Children a timeline at the start of each unit to embed their chronological knowledge. The substantive concepts ensure skills specific to History are taught each multiple times across each child’s primary career at Widey, they are based on the aims of the national curriculum. The curriculum makes use of prior knowledge and provides clear references on how learning will be used in each unit and each lesson. Children will enjoy school trips, welcome visitors and view artefacts– all of which works to enrich their experience within History.

Impact

Through lesson observations and children interviews, children will be able to demonstrate their increasing knowledge of historical skills. Children will be able to recall known facts that have been taught and gain a deeper understanding of the substantive concepts over time, making links between different historical periods.

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Energy levels continuing into this afternoon’s activities! 💪⭐️
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Barton Hall and the sun is shining for the first morning of activities! 🌞⭐️
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Group 1 photo shoot…. Loving life at Barton Hall! 😃😃😃
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After a really quiet night (😅) …. We’re up and ready for breakfast!!! Full English anyone?!! 😋😋😋
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First night fun! ‘Splash’ 💦 … work as a team to complete challenges to earn points which turn into materials to protect your water balloon when dropped from a height! Teamwork at its best! ⭐️⭐️
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We are loving the food here at Barton Hall!!!! 😋😋😋
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Year 4 have arrived safely at Barton Hall! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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And we’re off to Barton Hall!!!!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 Fingers crossed the weather gets better!!! 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽
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…and Year 4 are just about to the board the coach to head to Barton Hall for the weekend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Today we say thank you and farewell to Mrs Lyle. We wish you all the best with your new career! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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…and here are the photos from the ocean art workshop by Kayleigh Swann from Colourful Horizons! 🐟🌊🐬🐠🐡Thank you MKC Heroes ⭐️
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We had a wonderful workshop at Widey Court today that was kindly paid for by MKC Heroes! This was for our Years 3 & 5 Service Children. Thank you so much to Kayleigh Swann from Colourful Horizons for running this. The children had a fantastic time creating some ocean themed masterpieces!
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Year 6 have had an exciting afternoon and have all been left feeling rather hungry. The Plymouth legend, Curly Gaz, came into school and spoke about his passion for food, showed a video master class with his chef friend, who currently owns and does a fabulous job at Zephyr Burger, and introduced us to our next DT topic-burger making! Year 6 can’t wait to get making next week and are looking forward to working closely with Curly Gaz to perfect their own burgers. Year 6 can’t wait to try and win the prize of vouchers for them and their families to go to Zephyr- yum! 🍔 More photos in the comments below! ⬇️
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Our Widey Court Field Gun Crew made the ITV Westcountry news! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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So proud of our Widey field gunners today. What a day filled with thrills , spills, energy, teamwork and commitment. You are awesome!
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The Summertime Book Review Competition is back! You could win a full library of 200 books for our school and the winning class will get a chance to talk to a published author! All the details are on the flyer and link below! Good luck! ⭐️ https://www.school-readers.org/bookreview
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Today, we say a fond farewell to Mrs Farrell who is leaving the Widey Court family to pursue a new career! ⭐️⭐️We wish you the very best and thank you for your commitment and dedication over the last six years to the staff and children at Widey! We will miss you! 💕
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