At Westvale Primary our vision is to create a school that encourages all its pupils to Strive for Excellence and Care for All. We want to help each children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Westvale ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain. The school offers a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum. We aim to provide a curriculum that meets the needs, interests and abilities of all children. To promote physical health and well-being, a range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of sports during lunchtime and after school. Our PSHE scheme (Jigsaw) provides children with opportunities to discuss and learn about personal health, wellbeing, safety, relationships, differences and aspirations. Our children realise that everyone is special and unique and we should celebrate differences and different kinds of families.
We have devised a curriculum that balances the national expectations and understands the importance of the cultural capital, which runs throughout our curriculum, allowing our children to learn from first hand experiences. As our school serves a community where there is a high percentage of disadvantaged pupils, we provide activities that children may not otherwise experience. We recognise that the children need both a sense of valuing themselves, and developing aspirations for their future and for their community. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. Classroom environments stimulate and engage thinking and reasoning. Long and medium term overviews for each class demonstrate how we are delivering the national curriculum. Verbal feedback and marking provides an opportunity for children to reflect on their learning and use feedback to make further progress.
The impact of our curriculum will not only be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally, but will also be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well-rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. Westvale Primary uses regular triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. SLT and curriculum leads monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development to be prioritised. Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes. We aim not to confuse coverage with progress when assessing. Subject progression maps demonstrate how learning is measured through careful analysis of application of skills across the 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.
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.
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.