WLS has historically produced better academic results than the national average and is continually striving to improve performance. Our teachers review individual pupils' performance with Senior Leadership and Governors termly. Extra support is arranged for those pupils requiring extra help and extension work is organised for those pupils needing an extra challenge.
Our teachers work closely with teaching assistants and other support staff to ensure consistently good teaching in the classroom. Staff are mindful of the whole child, and by offering a wide curriculum we seek to ensure that all children have the opportunity to show their talents. Happy pupils who enjoy their learning make the best progress!
We are currently working as a MAT on reviewing our curriculum inline with the new Ofsted Framework September 2019 and have recently appointed a Primary Curriculum Lead to work with the MAT schools in finishing this project. We will add documents to this page and the class pages as we complete them. Please see our curriculum action plan to see what we are doing over the year.
Our Curriculum Vision
The children and their learning are at the core of everything that we do at Westoning Lower School. Our school motto 'WLS - Where Learning Starts' reflects our vision, that in order to prepare children as life long learners and global citizens, we must provide a curriculum that will go beyond the statutory content. Our curriculum is designed to take into consideration our children's varied backgrounds and cultural experiences; so we believe our children deserve a curriculum that does not narrow their life chances but expands them, enabling social equity and mobility.
At the heart of the design process, we take into consideration our position and impact as a Values school. We create a community where values are learned, taught, respected, protected and promoted. We are clear about ensuring our children are respectful in every interaction they have. All staff, governors and the school community also learn about the values and put them into practise every day also. Values are embedded in our curriculum which combines high quality, challenging teaching, using everyday opportunities to extend each child's depth of knowledge and skills, developing an understanding and fascination in the world around them.
Westoning Lower School aims to nurture and prepare children educationally, socially, morally and physically for their continuing education and beyond by basing our aims on our vision.
Our core aims are to develop strong academic outcomes through:
Providing the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes embodied within the National Curriculum as a basis for the educational development of children.
Providing a stable, consistent environment in which our children can develop respect, self-esteem, and an ability to value themselves and others.
Giving our children a deep body of knowledge intertwined with ensuring skills are reinforced throughout.
When planning the curriculum at Westoning Lower School our teachers always take into consideration children’s prior learning, they provide where possible, first-hand experiences, allowing the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
We understand that a child’s ability to learn is based on gaining knowledge & building on learned knowledge; as well as the ability to use and apply any associated skills adeptly and competently. Our curriculum is designed to marry these key components to ensure progress and a greater depth of understanding that leads to sustained mastery.
Depth of learning is important - we do not narrow our curriculum - we ensure children receive a broad and balanced curriculum and ensure learning is relevant, exciting, aspirational and challenging. All National Curriculum subjects, within the Curriculum are viewed as being equally important; but underpinned by the understanding that basic literacy and numeracy competency is vital in all learning. We ensure throughout Literacy and Numeracy knowledge and skills have a high priority and where possible, we try to reinforce knowledge and skills across subjects in a topic/focussed learning based approach.
The aim of our curriculum is for WLS pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent, motivated and resilient learners in preparation for the next stage of their education so when implementing the curriculum in daily life we ensure children develop a Growth Mindset.
National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school by subject leaders, and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly:
Where possible, teachers organise each half term's learning under a ’topic’. They plan lessons to ensure the children make connections across a variety of subjects.
The curriculum is planned thoroughly, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured.
Each term there are a variety of visits and visitors planned in each year group to enrich the learning and create lasting memories via real experiences
Each topic/area of learning will start with an enquiry question.
Children’s prior knowledge is assessed at the outset of the topic and learning planned accordingly.
At the end of each topic, an end task is planned, where children demonstrate the knowledge and skills that have been acquired.
The curriculum is reinforced by the school’s Core Values these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of British Values and the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
Theme days e.g. Roman Day, Ancient Greek Day etc, whole school activities, including Science Week and opportunities within and outside school - Mathsventurers, all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, then please contact Mrs Jacqui Boyle, Head teacher to discuss in more detail.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through:
Reflecting on the standards achieved against planned outcomes.
Celebrating the learning at the end of each topic, where children demonstrate the knowledge they have gained
Sampling children's learning across the school, where they demonstrate learning
Pupil discussions with teachers and Senior Leaders about their learning
Annual tracking of standards across the curriculum
Year groups send out curriculum maps at the beginning of each topic, to provide parents/carers with information about the learning ahead.
Please click on 'Subjects' on the drop down menu to find out more about each subject in detail.