Our curriculum is designed to promote the development of the whole child and equip children with core skills so that they become fluent and enthusiastic readers and mathematicians from an early age. We want our children to appreciate and understand cultural diversity in their own community and beyond so that they can learn to live harmoniously in a diverse world. Our curriculum enables children to make healthy choices about their lifestyle, enjoy learning and contribute to their community.
Children use their core skills to help them access other areas of the curriculum and gain knowledge and understanding. Maths is taught through a three part teaching sequence of skill, application and challenge. This ensures children can learn a skill and apply it in a range of problem solving and reasoning tasks. In Key Stage 2 core skills in maths and grammar are revisited in short daily ‘quick fire’ sessions to keep skills sharp. Project and topic work are taught across the school and core skills are woven into all other subject areas.
Pupils are taught how to be good learners and demonstrate 'Learning Powers' in lessons. They are able to make good progress and achieve outcomes in statutory tests that are above national standards. Children enjoy learning at Westways and benefit from a broad range of enrichment acitvities. Our rich, broad-based curriculum - which includes Early Learning Goals at the Early Years Foundation Stage (click here to view) and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 (click here to view) - is inclusive and meets the needs of all our children whatever their level of attainment.
Literacy and language skills, including phonics, reading, writing and speaking and listening are taught daily. We are committed to developing writing for real audiences and linking literacy to other areas of the curriculum. Book Banding is used to ensure children read from a variety of texts at the appropriate level of challenge.
Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. You can find out more on this website www.ruthmiskin.com
At Westways our aim is for all children to become confident and competent mathematicians. Our ‘Skill, Application, Challenge’ teaching model is designed to develop our children as fluent mathematicians who can reason and problem solve effectively by applying their skills to real life contexts.
Our science curriculum provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, and are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are also encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Global learning is about developing values for living together in Britain and the wider world. At Westways we learn about international development through linking people's lives throughout the world. This means our curriculum is linked to the 17 goals for global sustainable development, which you can find more information about by clicking here.
Our computing curriculum equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We want all our pupils to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In school we follow the Sheffield Primary Computing Scheme of Work 2017 - Overview (please click the link below to view):
Modern Foreign Language at Key Stage 2 (Spanish)
Our modern foreign language curriculum in Key Stage 2 focuses on Spanish and fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in Spanish and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking.
We also offer a lunctime Spanish club taught by language specialist.
Teaching of religious education is a statutory requirement. This follows the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus and children study Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism throughout the school and where relevant, through topic work. We seek to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils by encouraging respect, understanding and tolerance of each other, to all faiths and those who adhere to them.
Our assemblies are non-denominational and hope to promote the principles of positive concern and respect.
Assemblies are also a time of coming together and celebrating the ‘successes’ in our school. Celebration assemblies are held every Friday and are enjoyed by both staff and pupils.
Parents who wish to have their child excluded from religious education and/or assemblies should consult with the Headteacher.
We actively promote a healthy lifestyle for all children through a variety of activities, for example we promote the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative in Key Stage 2 and include a range of additional opportunties and activities as part of our currciulum and extra curricular programme..
As part of the Government’s ‘Fruit and Vegetable Scheme,’ all children in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are given fresh fruit or vegetables each day as a way of promoting healthy eating.
We ask that children in Key Stage 2 provide their own fruit and vegetables as a snack at playtimes.
We also encourage families to have healthy lunchboxes if bringing their lunch from home. Please do not send chocolate, sweets, crisps or fizzy drinks as part of packed lunches.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
The Governing Body has decided that SRE should be taught within the school curriculum and has formulated a policy that is available to all parents.
Aspects of SRE are taught as an integral part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provision throughout school and delivered through SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme.
We aim to help our children respect themselves and others, and to develop the skills to allow them to move confidently from childhood through to adulthood. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the SRE programme as long as it is outside the compulsory elements of the sex education aspect of the Science National Curriculum.
Visits and Residential Activities
We provide a range of visits and visitors to enhance our curriculum.
Residential activities are considered extremely beneficial for the children and the school is appreciative of the willingness of staff to organise such activities. They are always subject to review. During their time at Westways, the children are usually given the opportunity to take part in a residential visit in Year 5 and Year 6.
It is a requirement of the Education Reform Act that the school does not charge for any activity carried out in school time. However, in order to provide a broad range of educational visits, parents are informed of the provisional costs and asked for a voluntary contribution to cover them. If insufficient contributions are received, the visit may have to be cancelled.