An Overview of our Curriculum

Our Intent

We aim to develop in our pupils:

  • An enthusiasm for learning and an enquiring mind that is open to new experiences and change
  • A strong knowledge of self and confidence & pride in their individuality
  • A full understanding of being healthy
  • A sense of what it means to be part of and contribute to their community
  • Respect for the environment
  • An ability to set goals and have future ambitions

Implementation

We are proud of the emphasis we place on enhancing our curriculum through enrichment experiences, visits and visitors. We know this brings learning alive for our children. These opportunities are carefully planned to ensure they are built on over time and are used to deepen children's knowledge and understanding. We use the gallery section of our website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts to capture many of our events; this helps us to celebrate our work and reflect on the experiences we share. We adapted our work during the Covid 19 Pandemic, but it was not possible for us to engage with as many of these experiences as usual. We are proud that we were able to adapt some of our experiences so that they could take place and that we hold Health and Safety at the heart of what we do.

'Futures Month', 'Black History Month', 'LGBT+ History Month' and 'LGBT+ Pride Month' feature in our school calendar and allow time to be given to learning with, from and for others.

We benefit from good links within the Ignite Teaching School Alliance which helps us to provide key experiences to our children. We are able to work with Chester Zoo, Action Transport Theatre and participate in Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths Festivals. These visits are well received by pupils, staff and parents for the learning and experiences they provide. By being a member of the Teaching School Alliance we are also able to access a wide range of professional development to enhance our work. 

We love the fact that our families are highly supportive of our homework project work. Particular highlights include the Key Stage 1 Titanic models, the Key Stage 1 Tudor houses, the Key Stage 2 Iron Man models, and the Key Stage 2 solar system models. The project entries are as unique as our children and show the good quality of work that can be produced as part of home-school learning and team work. Each half term our School Council members join with our staff to decide who has earned a recognition prize for their project work and these prizes are then awarded in a Celebration Assembly.

Our project work is supported by our 'homework menu' which is given out each term. The menu allows children to select tasks that they would like to engage with to extend their learning and we enjoy seeing their creative approaches and end results. Each teacher uses Google Classroom to set work for your child and each Class also has a specific class page on the School Website where you can find additional information to support you and your child throughout the year. 

We enjoy working in partnership with Parents and Carers to ensure home learning and remote learning helps children to develop as much as possible. 

We are proud of the authentic links we have with our partner school in Uganda. You can find out more by talking to us and by reading 'Baha's Story'.

We know that speaking, listening and thinking skills enrich our learning and we work to ensure this is given a high profile throughout the curriculum as well as using specific learning oppportnities such as: Talking Box (EYFS/KS1), Circle Time (Lower KS2) and Philosophy (Upper KS2). Our children's vocabulary and thinking skills can be developed through this work and this in turn supports all areas of their learning and self-development.

We are working to ensure that each curriculum area has its own specific section on our School Website.This allows us to  monitor and evaluate our work to ensure that we have good planning in place and can support one another in our teaching and learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our school provides a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play. We give the children opportunities to explore and learn for themselves and we plan experiences and learning based around their needs and interests. 

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

Additional Documents and Guidance:

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage Sept 2021

Reception Baseline Assessment Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

'Birth to 5 Matters' Guidance

'Development Matters' can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Key Stage One and Two 

We teach the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Music (We use the Charanga music scheme and also have instrumental tuition for pupils in Yr5/6.)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Useful Links for teaching English as an Additional Language

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

Learn English British Council

Mantra Lingua

 

 

 

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 832 3672
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport

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