Westmoor Primary School
Learning together through truth, opportunity and celebration.
Please click here to view our Curriculum Statement of Intent.
Please click here for a link to the National Curriculum.
At Westmoor Primary, we continue to offer a full, rich and creative education, which is unique to our school. This provides our children with inspiring, stimulating and enriching experiences. A determined staff have designed our broad and balanced curriculum, which is at the heart of all we do. Pupils enjoy breadth and depth in all subject areas, underpinned by our three core values: Truth Opportunity and Celebration.
The full range of subjects help children to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education. We enrich the curriculum with educational visits, links with the wider community and extra curricular activities. We involve parents and carers in their children’s learning, valuing a joint working partnership.
We have arranged our curriculum content into a range of exciting themes and topics, ensuring coverage of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
Teachers identify starting points for each topic, showing how it will develop and outline any significant outcomes within medium term plans. Taking account of our childrens' specific starting points, our tailored curriculum aims to address social mobility, removing barriers to learning.
A flavour of the breadth of experiences we offer can be viewed in our Curriculum Portfolios.
Governors and staff are committed to providing equality of opportunity to all pupils. Our children are prepared for life in a multi-cultural society and are taught the importance of British values. To this end, all schemes of work and resources have been scrutinised to ensure that they provide balance.
Parent/teacher consultations and written reports provide precise details of individual progress and celebrate achievements across the full curriculum. These opportunities are provided each term.
A brief outline is given of the general aims of each curriculum area below.
The overarching aim for the teaching of English at Westmoor Primary and in response to Government initiatives, as well as the National Curriculum, is to promote high standards of language and literacy. This is achieved by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually, preparing them for life within our modern British society. Click here to view our Statement of Intent.
Reading and Spelling
We have a systematic yet creative approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. From Nursery onwards children are taught using the Read Write Inc programme.The children are taught to recognise sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes) in order to read and spell words.
Click here to see each year groups spellings.
As soon as children are ready, they will bring home a reading book. All reading books are banded according to their level of difficulty. Children also have a weekly visit to our school library.
Children will bring home two books. One book is phonetically decodable and colour banded according to level from our RWI programme. The additional book is to promote reading for pleasure and may be a library book or a book from a reading scheme.
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Click here for the Reception Parent Reading Sheet.
Quality texts form the spine for all of our teaching and a varied selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction is available in all classes. Click here for this year's award winning books. Our recommended reading spine Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
The development of writing skills is a key priority at Westmoor Primary. Children are taught to write for a range of purposes and audiences, not just within Literacy lessons but across all subjects, as part of our uniquely designed curriculum.
Digital Literacy is also a life skill of Modern Britain and again these skills are taught throughout the curriculum.
Standards of presentation are important and children are taught, from Nursery onwards, to develop their handwriting skills through a variety of games, activities, exercises and homework tasks. Individual letter formation is introduced in conjunction with the Read Write Inc programme. Click here for letter formation. Writing in pen begins in Year 5.
In accordance with the National Curriculum , each year group follows a prescribed programme of study with a daily mathematics lesson. There is an emphasis on mental calculation leading to standard written methods at later stages. The daily lesson may include oral work and mental calculation, an independent activity and direct teaching and an opportunity for children to feedback on their learning.
Understanding of mathematical concepts is vital and therefore practical, problem-solving and investigative approaches are taught. Children are encouraged to discuss methods used to answer questions. We ensure that the children have an awareness of the uses of mathematics beyond the classroom and relate mathematics work to everyday life. We aim to maintain and increase each pupil’s confidence in mathematics and develop his/her appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.
Through science work in the school we aim to increase the children’s knowledge and understanding of their world. We place great emphasis on the experience of scientific processes - observing, problem solving, pattern seeking, designing and predicting the outcomes of experiments and communicating findings in a variety of ways. Links between Science and other curriculum areas, for example, ICT, Design Technology, English and Maths are explored wherever possible. In each phase children study a range of topics in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines.
Children have experience of topics drawn from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We believe that with the consistent experience of scientific processes via this wide range of topics, the children will be well equipped to meet the challenges of Science work in their future school years and life beyond.
All classrooms, Nursery to Y6 have interactive whiteboards. We have a computer suite with 18 multi media systems. This is used with all children from Reception to Year 6. We also have a set of 15 Wireless laptops for use in classrooms.
There is a computer in every year group in main school and Nursery. The children use the computer to reinforce skills and knowledge acquired from other areas of the curriculum.
Supervised Internet access is available in all classrooms and the computer suite. Children are taught about keeping safe when using the internet and parents are welcome to discuss any aspects with staff.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils 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.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
understand what algorithms (list of instructions) are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
create and debug (fix) simple programs
use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies (Internet safety).
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
design, write and debug(fix) programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms (list of instructions) work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact (Internet Safety).
Design Technology promotes the children’s natural interest in finding out how things work. It involves the identification of need or problem, proposing a solution, designing and making and then finally testing and modifying the result. The children develop skills such as problem solving, planning, decision making and evaluating. They consider the aesthetic qualities of their own work and that of others. The children undertake this work using a variety of tools and materials, from commercially produced kits to model making with junk materials. Technology work is not restricted to model making. It also includes sewing, food technology, using Technical Lego, designing and making usable products.
All children are given a variety of musical experiences throughout their time at Westmoor. We have regular singing assemblies and our Singing Strategy ensures that children learn new, exciting, age appropriate songs in class every half term. We fully embrace Wider Opportunities, which enables all children to learn to play three instruments during the time at our school. this involves children learning to play penny whistles in Years 1 and 2, recorders in Years 3 and 4, and ukuleles in Years 5 and 6. In addition, children have access to a wide range of percussion instruments for class based musical work, alongside regular listening sessions in which they are introduced to some of the major classical works and music from other cultures. We take part in musical projects such as 'BBC Ten Pieces' to further enrich the children's musical experience. Children in KS2 also have the opportunity to join our school choir, which performs at many school and collaborative events. Instrumental tuition is available for KS2 pupils at a cost to parents.
Click here to see the Music Statement of Intent.
Art, Craft and Design
At Westmoor Primary School our art curriculum is designed to inspire and empower pupils as artists. It enables children to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and through exploration. A progession of taught skills are built up across phases in the school to enable pupils to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design applying a range of mastered techniques. Throughout their work children are taught specifically about colour, texture, form, print and pattern. Drawing is integral to the art curriculum, and the specific skills for drawing, incorporating a wide range of materials such as pencil, charcoal, inks, chalk, pastel and ICT software, are utilised regularly. Pupils are provided with a critical understanding of art and artists that both inspires, and seeks to highlight how art contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Whole school art projects such as ‘BIG DRAW’, further contributes to the children’s interest and enjoyment of art. Through attention to display we hope to encourage pride in their own artistic achievements and increasing sensitivity towards both natural and manufactured artefacts.
Each child has an individual Art portfolio in which they regularly add observational drawings and paintings throughout the time in school. The portfolio shows progression and development of skills in a range of media. Parents have the opportunity to look at their child's work on a regular basis.
History should be concerned with stimulating the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. History units are planned in accordance with the National Curriculum, with a clear focus on developing history skills across all ages. We aim for the children to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.
Work in Geography aims to stimulate children’s interest, initially in their immediate environment and, subsequently in other environments on the earth’s surface. We hope to foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around and thus to develop an informed concern about the quality and care of the environment. Nursery and Reception find out about their immediate environment, exploring the school grounds and local community. Key Stage 1 find out about Explorers and Killingworth Lake whilst Key Stage 2 study the Caribbean and environmental issues. Westmoor also has an active Green Team that is responsible for encouraging the school community to take an active role in recycling and fostering a sustainable school ethos. Geography is taught within the creative topic.
Our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education (PSHCE) ensures our children acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. They have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially.
PSHCE is delivered through planned curriculum time with SEAL materials at its core. We recognise that PSHCE is relevant to many curriculum areas and we respond to the children's needs where appropriate. In addition we also focus on national events such as Holocaust memorial day, My Money week and Anti-Bullying week.
We are a Healthy School and as such ensure that we incorporate drug, alcohol and anti-smoking education into our curriculum. Pupils also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and so are helped to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
Click here for our PSHCE scheme of work overview.
In the Early Years, Religious Education appears within the context of carefully chosen themes, sometimes integrated with other areas of the curriculum. It begins with the known, finding out about themselves, their environment and their relationships, with the aim of developing both moral and spiritual awareness. Children are helped to appreciate what religion is about and make their own personal response to it. All children during the school year are involved in different work concerned with Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Children at KS1 also study aspects of major faiths, in particular Judaism. Children at KS2 will study elements of most major religions. All religious teaching is devised in accordance with the LEA Agreed Syllabus. Parents have the statutory right to withdraw children from the teaching of RE.
In Physical Education the children are encouraged to plan, perform and evaluate their work. At Key Stage One, the children are taught three areas of activity: games, gymnastics activities and dance. At Key Stage Two, the children are taught games, gymnastics activities, dance and swimming. At points during this Key Stage the children participate in athletics activities. The PE Scheme consists of a balanced, progressive programme covering all of these components. It makes provision in the acquisition of the basic physical and manipulative skills and encourages active participation. These qualities together with the qualities of alertness, concentration and selfdiscipline help develop positive attitudes and the healthy growth of each child. Throughout each Key Stage the children are made aware of the positive effects of exercise on their bodies. Safe practice is observed at all times.
Cross Curricular Themes
Health Education is usually integrated within other areas of the curriculum. Sex Education is covered within the context of a relationships policy. This was agreed with Governors and is regularly reviewed.
Learning a language provides our children with the opportunity to develop positive attitudes and respect for other languages and cultures. Children at our school learn French throughout Key Stage 2. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children have an introduction to MFL through exploring other languages where appropriate, such as taking part in our whole school International Days. Children acquire and develop key language skills and knowledge by participating in stimulating French lessons. A range of themes are taught such as: numbers, colours, animals, food and clothes. We also recognise that learning a language supports and strengthens skills in other areas of the curriculum, such as literacy. Click here to see our MFL Statement of Intent.