Teaching

Our teaching pages are an ever-growing resource to support our learners development and progress.

Covering all curriculum areas you’ll find exercises, reading materials, video and audio content and links to useful websites.

Wiveliscombe Primary School serves the small rural town of Wiveliscombe, which is approximately 11 miles west of Taunton, the county town, and is close to the Devon/Somerset border. The school is housed in the original Victorian buildings, plus a number of more recent buildings. It has listed building status, and provides a very attractive environment in which to work.

The school grounds includes a very large playing field, an ‘outdoor’ classroom, a conservation area and an adventure playground. A major building project in recent years provided a new, purpose built hall and two additional ‘permanent build’ classrooms. The new hall has been designed to support Arts activities, as well as more general school use, and was funded by Sport England as part of the Spaces for Sports and Arts Project.

All staff work well together in a very supportive, friendly and lively atmosphere. They are very committed, hardworking and professional in their approach to their work. Great importance is attached to Continuing Professional Development and staff are encouraged to partake in suitable training opportunities.

The children are generally well behaved, well motivated and very eager to learn.

  • Excellent Resources

    All classrooms and curriculum areas are well resourced. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The school is well supported by the PTFA and the governing body.

  • Supporting our Learners

    There are currently 241 children on roll. These are organised into 9 classes. Each class receives support from one or more of the 12 well trained teaching assistants on staff, and the part-time experienced special needs co-ordinator (SENCo).

  • Well Funded

    Extra funding from the DCSF has supported a number of exciting and innovative projects in recent years, particularly in the arts.

  • Nurturing our Environment

    Environmental awareness is embedded in all of our practice – teaching, learning, energy, transport. We inform our learners how to best care for the environment.

Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 23 hours ago#Larchclass have turned into skeletons!
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 1 day ago#Larchclass are learning about the skeleton, how it works and the scientific names for bones this afternoon. Here t… https://t.co/lctsL5WkLN
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 3 days agoNo Girls football this week due to the Christmas Fair.
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 5 days agoHazel class will be creating habitats in a shoe box. If you have any spare shoe boxes please donate them to us! Thank you!
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 5 days agoTUESDAY 11th December 2.50pm Hazel class are inviting parents and carers to come in and see what we have been up to! #hazel #typo
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 7 days agoTuesday 10th December 2.50pm Hazel class are inviting parents and carers to come in and see what we have been up to! #hazel
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 1 week ago#LarchClass are writing how #Lego really works... Well after a quick play of course! 😉
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 2 weeks agoDiary dates for the rest of the term. There will also be parent afternoons and class parties which will be detailed… https://t.co/VaNZT7c6ht
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 2 weeks ago#Larchclass are feeling brave this afternoon! Lots of pictures coming up! 🐢🐍
Wiveliscombe Primary @WiveliscombeP... 2 weeks ago#Larchclass are feeling brave this afternoon! Lots of pictures coming up! 🐢🐍

Our values and ethos

Our goal is for all our children to believe in themselves, be happy, and achieve their best. We believe that:

  • Our curriculum should be challenging, and inspiring. It will be underpinned by the highest possible standards of literacy and numeracy, teaching and learning;
  • Our children learn to love learning by being adventurous and creative, collaborative and confident;
  • As individuals we shall be responsible, reflective, and considerate of each other and ourselves;
  • We welcome, celebrate and learn from diversity of all kinds. We all have something to contribute to our learning community – everyone should help each other to find that something;
  • Our learning environment will inspire creativity, be welcoming and safe, and embrace the outdoors;
  • We should be active in our local, national and international communities; learning from them and contributing to their health and vitality.

Safeguarding statement

At Wiveliscombe Primary School it is our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children. We do this by providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to.

Child protection and safeguarding policy

We love our school

Sarah Heard

“The outstanding features of WPS  is its friendly and welcoming ethos to both adults and children.”

Sarah HeardStaff member
Lily

“The teachers are always cheerful, we work hard and have lots of freedom at play”

LilyPupil
Steve Duncan

It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of Wiveliscombe Primary School. I have been the head’ of two other primary schools before coming here  in September 2014, so I am well qualified to say that the children here are among the most caring and well behaved that I have come across. I am very happy to send my own daughters here (one at the primary school and one at the pre-school), and would recommend this school to anybody.

Steve DuncanHead teacher
Parent

A delightful school with supportive staff and a nurturing approach to the development of each child.

Parentof child in year 1

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