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Weston Park Primary School

Weston Park

Primary School

Curriculum

Art & Design

Art covers many disciplines and it underpins our core values of being Safe, Responsible, Respectful and being a Learner. Art and Design provides a way of enabling a child to make mistakes, which promotes children using their problem solving skills.  These skills are celebrated and allows for experimentation to discover something new, or to ignite their imagination.

SMSC is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

The teaching of Art and Design, involves teaching skills and concepts in an inclusive, inspiring, engaging and relevant way.  The process of making art is just as relevant as a finished piece of artwork and this allows scope for further opportunities for development and for children to reflect and develop methods of revisiting works, or using art pieces as a point of reference.

Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk but the children’s ability to appreciate and interpret these things is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education. That is why Art has been integrated into our broad and balanced curriculum so that we can teach it to a high standard. All of the artwork that the children will create is linked to the different books that they will be reading in each topic. The children will gain various skills by being exposed to different art media throughout the school e.g. printing, sculpture, painting, weaving, drawing and collage. The curriculum has been revised so that it is be fully inclusive of all of the changes in the new National Curriculum.

Design Technology and Cooking/Nutrition

Design Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The children cover a wide range of skills from learning how to sew textiles to cooking food products. The Design and Technology curriculum has been updated to make sure that it follows the new National Curriculum so that the new skills are covered. 

SMSC is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

Cooking and Nutrition

Cooking and Nutrition is taught alongside Design Technology when the children have to design and make a food product for a client. We have also planned in opportunities when the children can cook for festivals or special occasions for example, Diwali, Christmas or bonfires night. We feel it is vitally important that all of the children know about healthy eating, where our food comes from and how to cook as these are skills that they will need all throughout life. One of our whole school foci has been Health and Well-being as we believe it to be top priority for our children. We have a dedicated cooking club which runs twice a week. Children learn cooking skills, develop their instructional reading and team-work skills.

SMSC is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

English

At Weston Park Primary School learning English of the highest priority. We believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning. We provide opportunities for children to view reading as an enjoyable and meaningful activity as well as enabling them to develop their comprehension, inference and thinking skills.

All our children have a daily English lesson. There are daily opportunities to practice and enjoy reading including in our structured reading lessons (when all children read independently, as a group or with the teacher every day). Reading occurs at other times of the day too e.g. we strongly promote reading and writing across the curriculum so children have a sense of purpose and can apply their learning. 

We teach all our children to become effective communicators, working with them on their speaking skills in a range of contexts so that they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. Our staff value the importance of speech and language development and are supported to articulate clearly with close attention to accurate grammar and pronunciation in speech  at all times of the school day.

Writing

Writing is always underpinned by experience and creativity.  Our children are increasingly motivated writers who enjoy the process of creating stories, poems and a range of non-fiction texts. We believe that children should be able to speak and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas clearly. At Weston Park Primary School, we want our children to be creative writers who read for pleasure, as well as information. Children learn a wide range of vocabulary and knowledge linguistic conventions for reading, writing and the spoken language.

At Weston Park Primary School, grammar teaching is a core element of our English curriculum.  The characteristics of spoken language are very different from written language. Writing needs to be more concise and explicit, whereas spoken language often relies on context, facial expression, intonation and pause and gesture to convey meaning and create effect. As part of grammar study, it is important that children learn the conventions of Standard English so that they can adopt an appropriate level of formality in their writing appropriate to audience and purpose.

Phonics

At Weston Park Primary School, we believe that phonics should be taught in an engaging and systematic way, using a multi-sensory approach to our youngest children.  The Letters and Sounds programme enables us to do this. 

In order to accelerate pupil’s progress, we have parent workshops that help adults at home to understand how we teach early reading and writing skills.  This enables adults at home to support their children when listening to their children read their home reading book each day, as well as practising the reading and spelling of high frequency words.

By Year 2, most children can read and write a wide range of graphemes (the letter or letters that match a sound in English).  Children then move onto a reading comprehension programme.

Reading at our School

We have a fantastic home-reading scheme, Bug Club, where children choose their own book according to their stage of reading and what interests them.  A selection of books is kept in each classroom and children choose their own books from the library.  Books are regularly swapped around so that there are more books to choose from.

We also have a range of topic books and class author books which children can read.  This is in addition to the home-reading scheme and is to broaden the children’s knowledge of authors and topic related texts. If children are reading on a Phonics phase the children are given appropriate phonetically decodable books.

Reading at Home

It is our aim that all children at our school read at home every evening. Reading records allow children and parents/carers to record comments about how well and how often reading has taken place.  It is our aim that these are signed and brought into school every day so that staff in the class can do the same.

Geography

At Weston Park Primary School, we want our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with to further their geographical understanding.   We want children to understand: where they are located within the world as well as within the British Isles, to be able to use a range of tools to understand their location and the landscapes of contrasting environments, to appreciate, describe and have a desire to conserve the differing environments of the world.

Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.

Our Geography lessons link with other subjects through our Curriculum. This way we ensure that it has a purpose and ties in with other experiences. We ensure that school trips and real life experiences tie in with our geography lessons, providing children with a contrast to our urban setting at school.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner. 

History

At Weston Park Primary School, History teaching focuses on enabling pupils to think as historians. An emphasis is placed on examining primary and secondary sources including historical artefacts, pictures and texts. Where appropriate, pupils are given the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. Teachers at Weston Park Primary recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching and as an important way of stimulating curiosity about the past. We focus on helping pupils understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they are encouraged to ask critical questions when looking at the origins of sources.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

Mathematics

At Weston Park Primary School mathematics is taught daily. We have high expectations for all our children and make lessons fun, interactive and relevant for all pupils.

We teach mathematics through the new national curriculum which is broken down into the following strands:

  • Number - number and place value
  • Number - addition and subtraction
  • Number - multiplication and division
  • Number - fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry - properties of shapes
  • Geometry - position and direction
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Algebra

In mathematics, we challenge children to think for themselves through investigations. We also allow children to apply their skills in different contexts, in order to help them become numerate in all areas. 

Mental mathematics, including quick recall of key facts, is very important.  Therefore we teach children their number facts and then multiplication tables and expect them to remember these quickly.

Music

Music is highly valued at Weston Primary School. We believe music is something innate and magical for human beings.  It enables groups of people to work and share together, through singing, performing or listening whilst also appreciating a wide variety of cultures and communities though their music.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

All children are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of high quality learning activities, which include:

  • Performing and composing
  • Listening and appraising

This is achieved by playing and singing, performing with others and arranging, listening to and appraising musical styles; further developing music as a means of self-expression and a source of pleasure.

Each class follows a bespoke curriculum which provides all the requirements for Music in a primary school. Children have the opportunity to perform throughout the year in front of their peers and parents in concerts and performances.

In addition we provide a growing number of enrichment activities for any interested pupils.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

At Weston Park Primary School, our Personal, Social and Health Education aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

Our curriculum provides structured opportunities for the children to develop and practise personal, social and life skills. They explore a variety of issues, including rights and responsibilities, emotional health, keeping safe and friendship.

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the curriculum offer and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

At Weston Park Primary School we promote a multi-faith curriculum where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.

Physical Education (PE)

At Weston Park Primary School we believe Physical Education and Sport plays an important role in making our vision statement a reality for every pupil, with the potential to change young people’s lives for the better. We have an SMSC focus and a recent focus has been on Health and Well-being. As well as the obvious health benefits in PE,  our children also learn to develop the qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work, and ambition, leading to improved concentration, attitude, and academic achievement.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

At our school, PE is taught over nine different subject headings by a specialist PE teacher.  These are;

  • Multi-skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Team games
  • Invasion games
  • Net games (badminton, tennis)
  • Bat & ball (cricket, rounders)
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Swimming

Through these subjects, lessons are delivered in order to develop the children’s personal, physical, creative, social and cognitive understanding.

Swimming is taught for the whole of Year 5, so that children can learn to swim properly.  The children attend a local swimming pool where specialist swimming teachers take the lessons. 

Our Sport Premium funding explains our clear use of the funding we receive.

Religious Education (RE)

At Weston Park Primary School our families, staff and pupils are linked with many parts of the world and faith groups.  We aim to celebrate diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils. We believe that Religious Education (RE) provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences at the academy and in the wider world.  We are very grateful to our families who support their children’s learning of other faiths, as this is the way we can bring tolerance, respect and understanding to our future world.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

The Religious Education curriculum, is linked to a scheme called Living Difference.

Pupils learn about all aspects of religious education, which involves learning about different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own.  We look at all faiths including, for example. Christianity, Islam and being a Muslim, Sikhism and Hinduism.

Science

At Weston Park Primary School, we strive to develop an awareness and understanding of the role and importance science plays in our everyday lives. We appreciate the constantly changing nature of scientific knowledge and use scientific procedures of investigation to introduce, develop and study the application of science in a broad range of contexts e.g. personal growth and health, the home, the immediate environment and technology. We are of the view that the development of scientific knowledge and skills are a crucial, core entitlement for all our pupils, since science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

Science is an integral part of our curriculum and is related to many other subjects to enrich children's learning experiences.

While studying Science, our children focus on four different aspects:

  • Scientific enquiry – Investigating and following instructions
  • Life processes – Humans and other animals, green plants, variation and classification, living things in the environment.
  • Materials and their Properties – grouping, sorting, changing materials.
  • Physical Processes – electricity, forces & motion, light & sound, light & dark

We encourage children to be autonomous in their learning and try to facilitate debate and reasoning. In addition to this, the school curriculum gives children the opportunity to plan and conduct practical science activities and experiments. We believe that practical activities breathe life into concepts that might otherwise seem abstract to children.

The world around us is constantly changing and we believe Science can give children the tools to understand and explain this change.

Computing, ICT and E Safety

Computing

Our computing curriculum has been developed to support children to become proficient users of technology so that they develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in the ever changing technological world.  It is in-line with National Curriculum guidelines and includes coding (espresso coding).   

ICT 

ICT is a key tool to enhance teaching, learning and progress. Here we embrace the opportunities technology gives us to engage our pupils across all subject areas at each phase. All our classes have Interactive Whiteboards, giving opportunities for bringing difficult concepts to life using visual and audio aids. Laptops are used by our pupils in class to embed their learning further.

E-Safety

E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. At Weston Park Primary School we have security measures in place which are monitored to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-Safety Policy. Our staffreceive training and this is regularly updated.

E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

At Weston Park Primary School we believe that it is important that all children are given the opportunity to learn a foreign language. 

Children in KS2 are given the opportunity to learn French. All learning is heavily based on real-world themes so that children can take part in role-play and performance so that it can be embedded into the everyday life of the school.

We actively look for links to SMSC, as it is at the heart of our curriculum and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We also teach P4C, Philosophy for Children, and we want our children to have the chance to discuss and debate in an open-minded manner.

The children use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement with French, to develop a positive approach to languages and to develop an understanding of different cultures.