At Westlea Primary School, our pupils are offered a curriculum that is broad, balanced and creative and is delivered to them with a strong focus on encouraging children to understand their rights and the rights of others. As the DFE have recently reinforced the need to promote certain values, our school ensure these are delivered to all children at every opportunity. These fundamental values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Teaching staff are very flexible, innovative and reflective with their approach to teaching which ensures all pupils are getting the opportunity to maximise their full potential. As we are a Rights Respecting School, our pupils are encouraged to reflect on and appreciate what is available to them in their home and school life. Our pupils develop their skills of being able to compare their own lives to those of others in different parts of the world, to those in the same locality as them as well as those in the past.
Our pupils are challenged in fun and exciting ways through a curriculum that offers real-life learning opportunities, first-hand experience and regular opportunities to learn outside the classroom via class trips and residential.
Learning at Westlea
Learning at Westlea is based on topics that are taught with common themes running through them. Some of these, that are perceived as essential and are subsequently integral to our curriculum, are: Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) learning experiences and Rights Respecting Schools (RRS).
To maximise every pupils opportunity at our school, we ensure children are respected and perceived as equally responsible for their own learning. Pupils are encouraged to also show this respect to others who may be less fortunate than themselves. Mutual respect is at the centre of our school life. All members of our school community respect the rights of others and treat each other with respect. This is evident when walking around school, in the classrooms and in the playground. Pupils play an important role in class discussions, and quite often, assemblies related to respect and its importance.
Teaching staff are here to facilitate children’s learning, not to control it. Every opportunity provided (where teachers feel it will enhance children’s learning) pupils are able to steer their own learning. Our pupils are actively encouraged to make choices in a supportive way. They are able to be independent in this as they are aware they are in a safe environment. Our pupils are aware of their rights and use these to the best of their ability – this is continually reinforced with us being a Rights Respecting School.
Assessment for Learning
Although children steering their own learning is more the case in EYFS, we do use elements of this approach throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Another example of this would be how we use Assessment for Learning opportunities throughout children’s experiences at our school – self assessment, peer assessment via a variety of means.
At our school, we want our pupils to be able to apply basic Literacy and Numeracy skills throughout the whole curriculum. Pupils are offered a synthetic phonic program which is used from Nursery to when children achieve a level 3C. Reading is also taught alongside this to ensure pupils recognise the importance of both and how they link together. Our approach to teaching phonics allows us to build on this in upper Key Stage 2 where pupils who need extra support to ‘catch up’ can participate in a ‘Fresh Start’ program.
Curriculum Topic Plans
You can view or download our Curriculum Topic Overviews on our website. View the curriculum in action by visiting our class pages. If you would like further information on our curriculum, please contact the school.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Westlea Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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