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Our Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

 

We deliver a broad and deep curriculum that is designed to engage our pupils by making links between subjects.  You can read our Curriculum Statement available below and this tells you about our vision and what is fundamental to our approach to teaching our children.

 

English - Reading

 

English - Phonics

We use Jolly Phonics which is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach the 42 letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet. There are five key skills that children need to master phonics which include learning how to write the letter sounds, how to blend the sounds for reading, and how to identify the sounds in words for spelling and writing. Alongside this, children learn about tricky words as well as being introduced to the alternative spellings of vowels.

 

English - Writing

 

Maths

At Westwood, we feel that Maths is best taught when concepts are broken down in to small, manageable steps as we believe that this is how our children learn best. The school follows the 'Maths No Problem!' programme.

 

 

 

We teach using a method that first uses concrete resources to demonstrate a concept, followed by pictorial representations and finally in a more abstract way.  Find out more about our approach to the teaching and learning of Maths below and also how this looks in the different year groups:

PSHE

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.  (PSHE Association).

 

We understand the importance of teaching our pupils effective PSHE skills and to facilitate this we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work.  We follow the published curriculum map, which you can find below which ensures our children benefit from the full coverage of all of the important content.

Our Wider Curriculum

We believe that children should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for later life.  

 

In KS1 we try, wherever possible, to link our subject areas together under the umbrella of 'Book Based Learning'.  This sees books used to support the teaching of both English and the Foundation curriculum, whilst also supporting our school aim of 'Every child a reader by 7'. 

 

In KS2, the wider curriculum is taught as discrete subjects. The sequencing and structure of the curriculum is carefully thought about so that links, where appropriate, can be made across the different subjects. 

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