At Westlands First School, it is our vision to develop lifelong learners who are inspired to explore the world around them and to exceed their expectations. We are preparing children for a future which doesn’t yet exist. Therefore, we work hard to develop our learners as creative thinkers and problem solvers, who are resilient in the face of challenges and set backs and who take immense pride in their achievements.
We believe, that In order to motivate and engage our children, we should continuously develop and adapt our curriculum to make it relevant and purposeful. Whilst ensuring that all elements of the National Curriculum are covered in breadth and depth, we plan theme led units of learning which combine a range of subjects, making cross curricular links. Our skilled staff then carefully weaves the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary throughout the topic, whilst ensuring that the needs of all pupils are catered for.
Most themes are centred around a specific subject area, such as History, Geography or Science but not exclusively so. Despite the links across subjects children understand which subject they are studying and which concepts and skills they are developing link to that subject. Quality English texts and the ‘Talk For Writing’ approach are used to drive reading and writing, underpinning the curriculum and providing strong exemplars for a range of genres. Every opportunity is used to develop writing skills across all subjects and where possible, mathematical skills are linked to the theme. Digital skills are embedded across the curriculum ensuring that children appreciate their real life application and purpose.
In Key Stage 1 staff follow the Letters and Sounds Programme for phonics, supported by an online resource called Phonics Bug. When planning Guided Reading, teachers tailor the texts they are using to support the genre they are teaching in English lessons. The books used are selected from a wide range, but staff also have access to the Project X scheme and an online resource called Bug Club.
For more detailed information about the Curriculum Themes for each Year Group, please see the links below. These are working documents which will be updated and amended throughout the year, but give an indication of the curriculum coverage for each subject in each term. Additionally, each Year Group produces a termly Topic Map which will be issued to parents at the start of each Half Term and posted on the Year Group Web Page in Our Learning.
If you do have any further questions about our Curriculum, please contact the Assistant Headteacher, Miss Freestone either by making an appointment with our office, or by sending an e-mail to the school address.