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Learning - Curriculum 2014
Our curriculum is formed from the National Curriculum 2014. This document explains what the curricululm contains for both key stages. We have used it to develop our own planning, to meet the needs of our children and to further develop their thirst for learning. Planning for each class can be found at the bottom of this page and we hope you find this useful. Curriculum maps for each year group can be found below.
If you would like further detail then please download the 2014 curriculum.
and if you would like to know more about the curriculum we are developing then please get in touch via the contact details on the 'Contact Us' tab.
At Weston-under-Penyard, reading standards are a strength of the school. We begin in reception using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ system, which children rapidly make progress using. This remains constant as the children move up the school. Children are given picture books to begin with and move through a mixture reading scheme books at a pace appropriate for each child. Many children choose their own books from the library from Year 1 and 2 onwards. Our library is continually being updated and now contains sections for boys, gifted readers and younger children. Information about how to support your child with reading is given at the start of reception, via annual parent meetings and through individual support. If your child finds reading harder, they will be given extra support, assessment and intervention in order for them to make good progress. The ability to read well is at the core of school life and it is something that, in Weston, we believe we do well. The links on ‘Support for your child’ under the parent section of the website provides further information.
Learning - Classes
Class 1 - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Classes 2 & 3 - Years 3 to 6
A new National curriculum began for primary schools in September 2014. We have included information about the curriculum as a whole in addition to termly newsletters about exactly how this will look for each class on this website. As well as this, information for parents about how children are taught is shared on the website, via twitter and through upcoming information sessions
In terms of how we will assess children’s progress against the new curriculum, how we will keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections the following information is shared with you.
Accurate and effective assessment
- Assessments which are accurate and effective are the cornerstone of learning. ‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what children can do and where to take their learning next.
- Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.
How is this achieved?
- Through effective questioning
- Through specific marking and feedback which children understand and act upon
- Through children knowing their next steps
- Through ‘assessment for learning’ where staff respond to children’s learning
- Through a tracking system which enables comparators between groups and nationally in terms of attainment and progress over time
- Through robust discussion, in school, of each child’s progress through a meeting every 30 days
- Through careful analysis of group and cohort attainment and progress by all staff
- Through sharing best practice and moderation via Wye Valley Learning Network.
- Through consideration and benchmarking of best practice nationally
How is this shared with parents?
- Our online tracking system will be shared with parents once new data, for the new curriculum, is uploaded. Parents will have their own log ins and discussions at parents’ meetings will focus on them
- Termly parent meetings or reports
How are governors’ enabled to make judgements?
- Through linking with subject coordinators and classes to see assessment in action
- Through rigorous analysis of assessments at Standards Committee meetings
How is this used to inform Ofsted inspections?
- Inspectors will see how assessment, teaching and leadership are linked
- Inspectors will be able to assess our judgments against national benchmarks
In summary, assessment at Weston is used to drive improvements in order for every child to ‘Be the Best they can Be’.
British Values statement
In 2011 the government set out its ‘British values’ for life in modern Britain.
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs
At Weston, these values sit alongside our Christian foundation, our PSHE (personal, social and health education) our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) teaching as well as safeguarding arrangements.
Children understand and apply these values through a range of learning opportunities. For example:
- A ‘Learning Council’ where children nominate one another, vote for representatives and take part in developing the school
- Our school rules, where children are taught to make good choices and understand that all are responsible for taking part in making our school a happy place to be
- Enabling children to take part in a wide range of clubs of their choice
- Having high expectations with regard to manners, behaviour and courtesy
- Supporting children to discuss differences and disagreements and find a solution
- Taking part in community initiatives such as ‘Walk to school’ week
- Helping pupils to value their own physical well-being through high quality school meals and sports provision
- Teaching children, on a regular basis, about the importance of the internet, social media and keeping safe
- Making links with other schools, both in in the UK and abroad
- Enabling parents and children to share in regular ‘Celebration assemblies’ where good attendance, learning behaviour and house success are all valued
In summary, we support children to ‘Be the Best’ they can be and to take their own steps to enable this to happen.