Our curriculum aims to:
- Provide a dynamic, broad and balanced education for all pupils.
- Our curriculum is progressive and allows pupils to build on their knowledge and skills year on year in all subject areas.
- Enable pupils to develop knowledge, widen vocabulary, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations.
- Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- We prioritise outdoor activities and outdoor play, children work outdoors whenever possible to support learning from Nursery to Year Six.
- Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active.
- Promote a positive attitude towards learning and support the pupils to become resilient, independent learners.
- Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
The English Curriculum and Maths Curriculum Y1 to Y6
Wets Park School follow detailed progression documents based on Ad Astra Trust principles and the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum for English and Maths can be accessed below:
Reading and Phonics
It is … “Evident around school that the focus is reading and that there is a love for reading across school” Peer Review February 2020
Pupils follow a clear progression document for teaching of reading. Phonics is taught daily in both Early Years and Key Stage One. See additional reading and phonics materials below:
Whole School Curriculum for the Foundation Subjects
See the whole school curriculum below. Our curriculum supports the core subjects, particularly reading and writing. All themes include objectives from the National Curriculum. They also focus on inspirational core books to support a love of reading and enhance our reading offer to all pupils.
We would encourage you to take a look at our Curriculum Mats – they reflect an exciting, dynamic school day at our school.
The Quality of our Curriculum
West Park School adopts a thematic approach when planning our broad and balanced curriculum. The Early Years Phase follows the Foundation Stage Profile but also plans a theme for each half term. The Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 Phase have developed their own theme-based two-year rolling programme. The two-year rolling programme has six terms, each term has a theme and a non-theme based curriculum.
In addition to the theme-based topic webs, agreed knowledge and vocabulary will be planned into each unit for individual subject areas.
Each Phase plans for the delivery of high quality lessons. A variety of resources are used including:
- Activities based on staff interests and expertise
- Access to Educational Visits
- Planned activities using internet-based resources
- Visitors to school
- Opportunities for outdoor learning
Subject coordinators monitor and evaluate the teaching of their subject area to ensure suitable development of skills, vocabulary and knowledge.
Each unit of work is assessed termly.
Our annual report to parents provides details of individual pupil attainment across all areas of our curriculum.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
West Park School is committed to the well-being and personal development of its pupils. This is reflected in the curriculum and priorities within the annual School Improvement Plan. Priorities include:
- Health and Well-Being
- Relationship and Sex Education
- School and British Values
- SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural)
Teachers set high expectations for all pupils. They will use appropriate assessment to set ambitious targets and plan challenging work for all groups, including:
- More able pupils
- Pupils with low prior attainment
- Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Pupils with SEND
- Pupils with English as an additional language (EAL)
Teachers will plan lessons so that pupils with SEND and/or disabilities can study every National Curriculum subject, wherever possible, and ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving.
Teachers will also take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Lessons will be planned so that teaching opportunities help pupils to develop their English, and to support pupils to take part in all subjects.