All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23
Every member of Waverley Abbey is a child of God who learns to live a life of love, compassion and hope within our school family on their way to fulfilling their God-given potential. We want children to leave having grown in faith and courage and established on their spiritual journey.
At Waverley Abbey, we want our children to develop a strong sense of who they are and an understanding that they are part of a wider community. We aim to teach children to love themselves and love each other, relish challenges, be ambitious and have a positive Growth Mindset.
‘Waverley Abbey provides a stimulating, balanced and broad based education’ - Ofsted 2018 - which, within the Framework of the National Curriculum, affords every child the opportunity to excel wherever their strengths may be. We want them to fulfil their potential and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world in which we live.
The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. It is important that the curriculum considers the development of the whole child. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (hope, courage, growth, love, honesty and compassion) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies.
English at Waverley is taught using a strategy which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence. Alongside this children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
Waverley’s mathematics curriculum is supported by the White Rose Scheme of Work and is grounded around a mastery curriculum which enables children to develop their reasoning, investigative and problem solving skills. Children are set by ability for mathematics from the second half of autumn term.
At Waverley Abbey, we believe that Religious Education is an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Through R.E. lessons we support children in developing a strong sense of who they are and establish an understanding of the wider community in which we live. We aim to equip the children with the necessary skills to express their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way. Our children will develop the skills to evaluate and reflect upon the information they are learning and seeing how this could impact their lives.
At Waverley Abbey, R.E gives us the opportunity to celebrate our differences and show our appreciation of everyone’s beliefs and views. We aim to create an inclusive, comfortable atmosphere in which children thrive and develop their own beliefs and opinions. Tolerance and respect are key life skills, which are embedded throughout the children’s learning. We promote a Christian ethos through all areas of the curriculum in addition to RE lessons however through RE we aim to help children to understand the background and beliefs of Christianity and the main world religions.
Our School has a fully equipped Computing Room which enables whole class teaching of computing. ICT is used to support and enhance teaching of other curriculum subjects and a class set of ‘Learn Pads’ is also used for this.
Specialist teachers teach much of the Physical Education and all French lessons and support class teachers with their expertise in these subjects. Music is taught using the ‘Charanga’ program and is supported by instructors and teachers from Surrey Arts and Music Works with optional lessons available to those children wishing to learn a musical instrument.
We believe a solid grounding in History and Geography is an essential component of the children’s education; consequentially topic work is central to the teaching of each term and will often provide the inspiration for cross-curricular links. Within these topics, we believe that Art and Design and technology provide a fantastic opportunity for children to show their creative skills: planning, creating and evaluating their own and others work.
Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Whilst adding to the child’s personal development, enhancing the values we believe are vital if one wishes to be successful in today’s society.
Residential experiences are available for all pupils; the school embraces the opportunity for all pupils to experience learning away from home in a residential setting.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Please use the links below to download ‘Curriculum Overviews’ for each term.