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