Subject Specialists


One of our key advantages of through school working, is for our primary pupils to have access to subject-specialist teaching from some of our secondary school teachers in PE, Music, Spanish and Drama. These lessons are held on a weekly basis across Key Stage 2 (including singing assemblies in Key Stage 1). 

Our specialist teachers deliver an inspiring and enriching curriculum in their area through a deeper subject knowledge as well as enhanced teaching methods, which incorporate a range of resources and adaptive teaching. The teachers also prepare our pupils for the transition to secondary school by providing a solid foundation in their subject area as well as progression of key knowledge and skills from KS2 to KS3.




Our children across Key Stage 2 enjoy participating in weekly PE lessons with our subject-specialist, who takes great pride in ensuring that these children have access to learning a wide range of sports. These include football, athletics, gymnastics and cricket. In addition to this, our specialist teacher aims to present children with opportunities to complete against themselves and others, work in partnerships and teams, build self-confidence and perseverance. 

Furthermore, as part of our exciting co-curriculum offer, our specialist teacher also delivers high-quality after-school football club sessions for groups of children, which are always very popular here at SPWPS. Most importantly, we continue to prepare and support pupils towards healthy and active lifestyle choices for their future mental and physical well-being. 





At SPWPS, many of our children in Key Stage 2 receive subject-specialist music lessons, where they learn to sing, listen, perform and evaluate. We aim to build their cultural capital by exposing our children to a wide range of music from different cultures, which can broaden their horizons and increase their understanding of the world. Specialist teachers continue to embed key knowledge and skills into lessons that are mapped out across the years, to ensure that children are developing their musical skills and knowledge systematically, from KS2 to KS3. 

Children in year 3 and year 6 also learn to play the recorder and ukeleles on a weekly basis. By learning how to play an instrument, children can understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. Further to this, our children are able to develop their fine motor skills, enhance creativity, build their cultural capital as well as develop their confidence.

Children in KS1 and KS2 also attend weekly singing assemblies, that are led by our specialist teachers. Children enjoy coming together in unison to learn a range of songs, express their creativity, which also have a positive impact on their social, emotional and mental well-being. Our KS1 pupils also work towards a Nativity performance, which is held at the Willoughby Theatre at the secondary school. 




At SPWPS, our Spanish lessons in year 5 are also taught by a language specialist, with the ultimate aim being that children will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2. Our language specialist teachers ensure that the four key language learning skills are embedded throughout every lesson: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Key knowledge and skills are mapped out across KS2, to ensure a sequential build-up of skills, that would eventually support them in KS3. 

Our language specialist teachers ensure that these children are engaging orally in conversations in Spanish, with a focus on correct pronunciation and grammar. Children are also able to broaden their vocabulary, write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences. Children also continue to appreciate songs, stories, poems and rhymes in Spanish, which support their long-term memory. 





Children in Year 4 at SPWPS receive weekly drama lessons, which is a valuable tool for learning and development in primary school. The subject-specialist teachers plan and deliver lessons that enhance the children's oracy, creativity, imagination and their confidence. They continue to enable cross-curricular links between subjects, by ensuring that the teaching of drama is closely linked to the children’s literacy units. An example of this may be where children are acting out scenes from a text that they are reading in class or understanding how to perform a script with intonation and expression. This ensures that our drama lessons are purposeful as well as enabling our children to make close connections between subjects. 


Further to this, we continue to develop their creativity and cultural capital by exposing the children to performances from a range of heritages and cultures. With oracy being a huge focus for our school, our drama lessons elicit opportunities for children to learn ‘to talk’ and ‘through talk’.