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.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we teach a modern phonics programme, Read Write Inc. that teaches children to decode and understand what they read. In Key Stage 2 reading and comprehension skills are deepened in daily sessions of reciprocal reading. Our 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.
Our children 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 activities, lunchtime and after school clubs. Our well- balanced curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all our children whatever their level of attainment.
Throughout school we promote our Learning Powers of Concentration, Resilience, Collaboration, Independence, Communication and Improvement in an age appropriate way.
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Children at Westways are offered a rich, broad-based curriculum which includes Early Learning Goals at the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2.
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.
Letters and Sounds is used to teach phonics.
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.
Where possible, science is taught as a practical subject, where children learn to develop their skills as investigators of the world.
We recognise that ICT is an increasingly important subject which will be vital to our pupils in the future. We have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom and have timetabled use of laptops in the classrooms. Skills learned in ICT are applied across the curriculum. Children from F2 to Y6 have access to our learning platform – Purplemash – which can be accessed at home as well as in school to support the children’s learning.
Modern Foreign Language
Every child in Key Stage 2 receives regular lessons in Spanish. Lessons in Y3 and Y4 are delivered by class teachers while Y5 and Y6 classes are taught by a specialist teacher, Mrs Fielder. The scheme of work followed in school was written by a member of staff from our main feeder secondary school who at the time was teaching in our school.
Y5 children also have penpals in California as a result of a ‘teacher swop’ a number of years ago between a teacher in San Diego and a teacher at Westways. Children in Key Stage 1 have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish at a lunch time club run by La Club Francais.
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 have a very active School Council which has representatives from all classes from Y1 through to Y6. They meet regularly representing the views of their class and are influential in bringing about change in school.
Many pupils also take other responsibilities in school by applying for available positions through ‘Job Squad.’
Westways Primary School is a School Games and an Activemark holder. We actively promote a healthy lifestyle for all children through a variety of activities. We have introduced the ‘Daily Mile’ and have Change for Life Champions promoting physical activity with children in KS1.
We encourage children to walk to school as often as possible or, if travel by car is essential, to park away from the school and walk the final part of the journey. We also encourage parents to park responsibly and considerately.
As part of the Government’s ‘Fruit and Vegetable Scheme,’ all children in 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.
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 Y5 and Y6.
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.