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Our Curriculum


 

The aim of the Curriculum at Westwood Primary and Grove 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 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. However, we also strongly believe children learn best when there is a shift from short term memory to long term memory. For this reason, our curriculum includes opportunities to develop subject experts in each subject area by ensuring depth of learning. In addition, the curriculum has 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 and structured method of ensuring children 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 subject specific skills but when possible curriculum links are developed, explore and applied across the whole curriculum.

 

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 manage 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 and Positive Lifestyles Programme is at the core of everything we do.

 

Curriculum Offer 

 

  • Core Learning Lessons – where children practise phonics, spelling, word recognition and definition, reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation, handwriting, arithmetic, timestables etc. This includes opportunities to produce longer pieces of writing and to develop fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills.

 

  • Topic Learning – where children have an extended period of time to explore, acquire, develop and apply knowledge and skills in Science, Humanities, Computing and RE.

 

  • Creative Learning – where children develop and apply knowledge and skills in order to produce 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. This is further supported by a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities.

 

  • 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, Sex and Relationship Education, Woodland Learning and have opportunities to develop leadership roles such as School Councillor, Road Safety Officers or Eco Warriors. This is further supported by a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities.

 

To learn more information about our school's curriculum, please look at the subject pages and topic plans. Should you wish to speak to a member of staff about a particular subject, please contact the school office who will be able to direct you to the relevant person.

Active Learning Trust Curriculum Intent


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