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 account to capture many of our events; this helps us to celebrate our work and reflect on the experiences we share.

'Futures Month', 'Black History Month' and 'LGBT+ History 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 Year 1/2 Titanic models, The Year 1/2 Tudor houses, the Year 3 Iron Man models, and the Year 5/6 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 our 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 also has a class page where you can find additional information to support you and your child throughout the year.

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

Our 'Understanding Me and My place in the World' overview was produced in Summer 2018 when we brought together our approaches to Personal, Social and Health Education, Relationships Educaiton and British Values work. Our work in this area is rich and effectively contributes to our children's understanding of themselves and how they play an active role in their families and community. Our children are able to take on key roles throughout the school which enable them to play an active role in the school's day-to-day life as well as having a 'school development' voice.

The following policies can be accessed in the policies section: 

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural and British Values Policy
  •  PSHEC Policy
  • Relationships Education Policy

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  by using the Talking Box (EYFS/KS1), Circle Time (Lower KS2) and Philosophy (Upper KS2). Our children's vocabulary and thinking skills can be developed through our work in this area which supports all areas of their learning and self-development.

We have recently reviewed our long term curriculum and the way we 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 uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and 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 topics based around their needs and interests. The EYFS curriculum ensures that we plan learning opportunities in the following areas:

Prime Areas

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

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and design

See also: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/

'Development Matters in EYFS' and 'What to expect, When An EYFS Guide' can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Key Stage One and Two 

We use the National Curriulum to cover:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Music (Including instrumental tuition for pupils in Year 5 and 6 with clarinets, trumpets and trombones)
  • Physical Education

RE 

Our RE work is planned using material from the Cheshire West and Chester Standing Advisory Council on RE

National Association of Teachers of RE

CWAC Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE)

CWAC RE Planning links

Email a Believer

Bahai KS1 Link

Bahai.org

British Values Links

UK Parliament Education

Parliament, Laws and You

The Rights of the Child

British Life and Culture

General Links

Safety Central

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

The links below will help you to know what your child is working on in each Year Group. Please ask your child's teacher if you would like additional information.

 

 

 

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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