The curriculum at Westfield Nursery and Primary School is based on our school vision of Smile and Succeed and embeds our shared values of honesty, trust, understanding, respect, perseverance and motivation in order that all pupils make good progress, socially, emotionally and academically. In our school the curriculum encompasses all the planned and unplanned experiences pupils engage in throughout their time at our school.
At Westfield Nursery and Primary School we like to publish a record of our learning on our school twitter page https://twitter.com/WestfieldNPS childrens learning and the process of it feature highly and we are really proud of the many retweets and visitors which we have had to our twitter page.
Phonics & Reading
At Westfield we follow the letters and sounds phonics scheme. Click here to view. Please contact Miss Skinner, Mrs Barley or Mrs Todhunter in school for more phonics information. You can find some resources to help your child by clicking here. We use a number of reading resources to help the children make progress, including Accelerated Reader quizzes on books they have read independently. We have daily guided reading sessions and use intervention programs such as the Lexia reading program for children who might need extra help.
Educational Visits and Visitors
Educational visits and visitors are an integral part of our curriculum. They provide meaningful, rich and real life experiences for our children. Based in and beyond the local area, they further enhance and consolidate the learning which takes place in school. Some of our regular visitors to school include health professionals, music workshops, historical re-enactment experiences (Stone Age, Vikings and Romans). Many of our external visits include the local area, Tullie House, Salterbeck Reservoir, Whinlatter Forest Park. Others are further afield, Beatrix Potter World Windermere, Imperial War Musuem Manchester, The Life Centre in Newcastle, Beamish Open Air Museum, Eden Camp, Borrowdale & London.
Sport and P.E.
At Westfield Nursery and Primary School we believe that sport and physical education are fundamental to the early development of children's skills. Through participation in sport and P.E., children learn the key values of:
- Team work
- Fair play
- Respect for themselves and others
- Adherence to rules
They also provide opportunities for children to cope with and understand winning and losing; and in this way sport and P.E. impact on children's social and moral development, whilst learning new skills. It is our aim that all children take part in whole school events such as sports day. We have a number of highly successful teams, who take part in competitive events in the school calendar; inter-school competitions and festivals, gymnastic competitions and locally organised events. Whilst receiving high quality P.E. lessons for teachers and professional coaches weekly, our children also have a wide number of opportunities to participate in after school club sports activities, Gymnastics, Dance, Netball, Dodge Ball and Football clubs take place in school.
It is a fundamental principle at Westfield Nursery and Primary School that all of our Key Stage two children have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a wide range of residential opportunities. These enable children to see the wider world, provide new experiences, develop social and emotional relationships and equip them with the skills to go out into the world responsibly. The length of stay, distance from school and experiences completed are appropriate to the age of the children. For example:
- In Year 3 children experience an overnight stay at Ennerdale Scout Camp and participate in team games, activities to support team building and group work.
- In Year 4 children experience 2 nights staying at Hawse End, completing the John Muir award.
- In Year 5 children participate in an outward bounds centre residential in Glaramara, Borrowdale for 2 nights. They experience hill-walking, ghyll scrambling, coracle building, archery, climbing and abseiling, facilitated by the experienced staff at the centre.
- In Year 6 children have the opportunity to spend 3 nights in London, travelling by train, underground tube and walking around the capital's main attractions. Activities include visits to The Tower of London, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Golden Hinde (Sir Francis Drake's ship), The London Eye and a River Cruise, in addition to seeing a top West End show.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
At Westfield Nursery and Primary School we promote SMSC development by providing positive experiences through planned and considered opportunities in the curriculum and through interactions with teachers, visitors and the local community.
- visits to museums
- meeting with authors and other visitors to the community and school
- trips and visits
- sports day
- assembly themes and values with daily collective worship
- school productions
- links with the local churches, St. Mary's Westfield
- Pupil peer mentoring
- Broad and rich curriculum topics which celebrate diversity and British Values
- Themed curriculum days, Australia Day, Indian Dance and food day, Italian restaurant
Our curriculum ensures that all children explore, investigate and experience a wide range of opportunities, including teaching in R.E and citizenship, Health and Relationship Education, and a wide range of extra-curricular and out of school activities. These ensure that children understand their place in our multicultural modern society through each of the key strands.
- Explore values and beliefs including religious beliefs and the way they impact on people's lives
- To understand feelings and emotions, in particular the way they impact on others and how understanding them can be helpful in our society.
- Understanding of key events and festivals in the annual calendar including, Harvest, Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Eid, Easter and Ramadan.
- Our behaviour policy is based on our key values and vision including equality, respect, understanding and knowing how to do the right thing. A system of rewards and consequences underpin this and support the children in making appropriate and informed choices.
- Opportunities in our curriculum enable children to explore moral concepts and values for example, work in the WW1/2 topic children explored whether war was the only option?
- Developing the skills, personal qualities and knowledge of others necessary for living and working together.
- Supporting children to work effectively together, understand different needs and to make a contribution to the school and wider community.
- Awareness of charities, their work, how to help others in our locality and further afield. Raising money for Children in Need, Dementia UK, Macmillan and collecting for Food Bank.
- Encouraging a response to a variety of cultural activities
- Learning about other countries, their features, customs, beliefs and societies.
- Encourage children to explore their beliefs and opinions through understanding and knowledge of a wide range of beliefs.