What makes us Westmoor Primary School?
Curriculum Intent: To provide unique learning opportunities to allow all pupils to reach their potential.
Westmoor Primary have the privilege of being surrounded by a community which offers a wealth of opportunities for our children to learn across the curriculum. We are proud to wear our school badge, linked to the historic importance of George Stephenson.
We have introduced a Westmoor Enrichment Week, in which we focus all of the children’s learning on the local community and discover new opportunities to make purposeful and on-going links with our surroundings and strengthen our unique identity and curriculum.
Throughout the year, children regularly visit the Lake beside our school building, which provides opportunities in art, science, geography, history and many more subjects. We also visit The Rising Sun Country Park as an extension to our outdoor
woodland garden area to widen learning opportunities.
We have always had strong links with the local clergy, who take regular assemblies and lead the Christingle celebrations every year in school. They also welcome us into their places of worship, most recently, for our children to lay our poppy wreath
designed and made by the children to remember local war heroes. Each year, on Remembrance Day, a number of children and staff attend a service at the White Swan Centre alongside local war veterans. Westmoor Primary have particular links
with this service, paying respects to previous pupils for whom a memorial stands in the school hall.
In direct response to the needs of our school and wider community, Westmoor established a food bank during the pandemic. This was shared on the regional news programme, Look North, in order to spread support further afield. A regional charity that we raise funds for annually is St Oswald’s Hospice and we took up the opportunity to take part in the Elmer project, with Wild at Art, to raise further funds with other North East schools.
Many of our children, and some staff, are part of families who have lived in the community for many years. We have generations of families that have attended Westmoor and have always valued the close ties this creates. We have traditionally hosted a Grandparents Singalong each year to celebrate the regional music and songs of Newcastle, such as the Blaydon Races. We also invite grandparents to come in and share a book in school with their grandchildren. A number of family members also come into school to read with children as volunteers.
There is a passionate culture of football in Newcastle, and we are lucky to have links with Newcastle United Foundation, who have delivered coaching at our school.
There is a wide range of opportunities for our children to benefit from. The personal development of the children is key in guiding them towards being ready for their next stage of education and life. These are some of the additional opportunities that are available and which the children are encouraged to take part in to enable a unique, rich education, producing well-rounded individuals.
Visits to Robinwood and High Borrans Activity Centres.
Sporting competitions, including indoor athletics in local venues such as Gateshead Stadium and the Cremona Shield for girls and boys at Westmoor
Lego League for KS1 and KS2.
Our choir enjoy performing in local venues such as Whitley Bay Playhouse and singing in the local community, for example at Christmas and in a local care home.
All classes go on summer trips to a local place of interest.
Orienteering for the older children in surroundings such as Druridge Bay Country Park.
Year 6 children go on a trip to our capital city of London, experiencing site seeing, musical shows, museums and the cultural diversity around them.
Children enjoy the opportunity and understand the importance of contributing to the running of our school by taking part in fund raising activities. Every year
we hold a Muddy Fun Run on the school field.
We offer opportunities for local businesses to be part of our summer and Christmas fairs, which our families always support.
Our book weeks offer the children the chance to immerse themselves in literature, be creative and also deepen their love of reading through the books on offer at the book fairs.