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Curriculum

The curriculum provided at Westvale Primary follows the statutory objectives set out in the  2014 National Curriculum documentation. At Westvale we strive to make our curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs. The objectives for each year group are explained in greater detail on each class page. It outlines what the school plans to teach throughout the year. 

English

In our school we wish to instil in our children a love of language, reading and writing. A key life skill is to be able to communicate effectively; therefore we place a strong emphasis on all areas of literacy. English is taught daily as a core subject and through the rest of our curriculum. In Key Stage 1 children are heard to read regularly primarily using the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. Many other books are available to enhance their reading skills. Read, Write, Inc is used to teach early phonics, in readiness for the phonic screening test in Y1. As the children progress through school, other schemes are used in tandem with ORT. Once children become more fluent and confident in their reading, we encourage them to read more widely and independently. We use The Power of Reading and Wordsmith to help plan and deliver exciting and thought provoking English lessons based around a fiction or non-fiction book.

Maths

We aim to give our children firm foundations in problem solving, reasoning, fluency in basic number and calculation skills which will prepare them for the future. As in English, we take every opportunity to incorporate maths into other areas of the curriculum. In Maths, we use Power Maths as our scheme, based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Our school is currently part of the Knowsley Maths Strategy, linked to the North West Maths Hub. To develop mastery in maths, children need to be enabled to acquire a deep understanding of maths concepts, structures and procedures, step by step. Complex mathematical concepts are built on simpler conceptual components and when children understand every step in the learning sequence, maths becomes transparent and makes logical sense.

Why do we use Power Maths?

  • It builds every concept in small, progressive steps.
  • Is built with interactive, whole-class teaching in mind.
  • Provides the tools needed to develop growth mindsets.
  • Helps to check understanding and ensure that every child is keeping up.
  • Establishes core elements such as intelligent practice and reflection.

If you would like to find out more about our Westvale curriculum, please contact Mrs. Haywood Deputy Head/Curriculum Lead via the school office.

Westvale Curriculum Overview 2020-21

Expectations

 

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