The aim of the Curriculum at Westwood Primary is to ensure all children acquire expertise in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, as well as other subject disciplines. We aim for all children to be prepared for their next stage in learning, for all children to succeed and for some this may be to succeed against the odds.
We want our children to be aspirational, be the best they can be, be supportive of others and be proud of who they are!
The Curriculum has been designed to be broad and balanced so children have opportunities to discover what they enjoy and what they are good at. It has also been designed to ensure exposure to cultural capital across the subject areas accessible within the curriculum but also further supported through a range of extra-curricular opportunities. We see this as a vital part of our curriculum offer as it provides children with experiences they may not otherwise access.
Each subject domain has a carefully planned out and structured method of ensuring students develop the knowledge they need to understand the world, but also develop skills which enables children to use this knowledge to make a positive difference as well rounded citizens. Our curriculum is coherent and sequenced from Nursery to Year 6. Children develop a range of domain specific skills in their subject lessons but when possible curriculum links are developed and explored.
Most importantly, we strongly believe that children’s wellbeing is essential in ensuring success. We believe it forms the base of all good learning. We want our children to have good manners, be able to self regulate emotions, form positive relationships and be able to deal with the unexpected challenges of life. Our Curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop themselves as a person and as a citizen as well as develop important skills such as oracy, critical thinking and leadership. Our Skills for Learning Programme is at the core of everything we do.
Core Learning Lessons – where children practise learning phonics, spelling, grammar or a language, arithmetic, timetables etc.
Topic Learning – where children have an extended period of time to explore Science, Humanities, Computing and RE.
Creative Learning – where children spend time producing great products, shows or events in Music, Art, Design Technology and Drama
Skills for Learning –, we teach children how to develop resilience, relationships, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and risk taking skills as well as having opportunities to develop oracy skills, think deeply, ask intelligent questions and debate moral and social issues
Positive Lifestyles - where children learn to develop positive attitudes to healthy living, caring for the environment and securing positive mental and physical health as part of our CHIMP programme. Children participate in PE, PSHE, SRE, Woodland Learning and have opportunities to develop leadership roles such as School Councillor, Road Safety Officers or Eco Warriors
If you would like to know more about our school curriculum, please contact Mr Joshua Wilkes, Assistant Headteacher.