The Westgate School’s curriculum reflects two principles: firstly, of acquisition – where pupils are taught to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills in each subject domain in order to apply this learning to new situations; and secondly, participation – that pupils need to develop the skills to engage positively in different situations. In doing so, pupils further their learning and sense of belonging. In some subjects, such as Science, the emphasis lies more heavily on the acquisition of knowledge whereas in a subject such as Drama, the skills of participation pre-dominate. In every lesson we expect adults to consider how best to facilitate pupils’ active participation in their learning – including “thinking hard” – and, to use the School’s core approach to teaching and learning so that pupils experience a coherent learning journey.
In every subject, leaders are designing and evolving their curriculums based on the golden threads of learning from Year R to Year 11 in their particular domain. Planning is based on clear objectives, using misconceptions as opportunities for rich learning and, facilitating greater depth in pupils’ knowledge rather than greater curriculum coverage. The specified curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and KS4 syllabi however, the School believes strongly in ensuring that the ‘hidden curriculum’ – how pupils learn about themselves and society in the way that we organise ourselves as a school – has a positive impact on the individual child. We strongly believe that access to cultural capital is an entitlement of every pupil, and we are regularly reviewing our curriculum to increase opportunities to access learning about different cultures and diversity. We also have a specified ‘Wellbeing Curriculum’, which sets out the universal provision for all pupils, and we are developing our practice to facilitate even greater inclusion in extra-curricular provision in school. Moreover, as part of our ongoing learning, we involve pupils proactively in curriculum development through our received curriculum reviews and, our pupil leadership groups.
At The Westgate School our curriculum is not intended to lead learners to fulfil their potential: our intention is to unlock the individual’s potential and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to be able to learn in different situations throughout their lives.
Our teaching is inclusive using a Mastery approach. Children are taught as a whole class with fluid, peel away groups: “Master Classes” for support and extension as needed. For Key Stage 1 Years 1 and 2 and Key Stage 2, Years 3 - 6 children follow the statutory national curriculums. Children are taught to read through discrete synthetic phonics sessions using the Government Letters and Sounds scheme.
If pupils are absent teachers ensure they catch up on learning using a pre-teaching model. This is carried out as the children come in to school in the morning. Class teachers contact home if children are absent for more than three days to organise learning at home for pupils, if appropriate.
Westgate EYFS Vision Statement
Our aim throughout the Westgate Early Years is to provide every child with a happy, secure and stimulating environment in partnership with parents and carers.
We believe every child is unique and our Early Years’ team have high expectations of what all our children can achieve. We support each individual to overcome any barriers to learning so that they can all reach their potential.
Through play-based, active learning in our Nursery and Reception Year we provide each child with a range of engaging opportunities to stimulate their creativity and support their development. We value the importance of the indoor and outdoor environment to develop children’s thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Our unique All-through School provides many exciting opportunities.
Colleagues promote and encourage a Growth Mindset to allow all children to develop through effort, good teaching, learning and persistence. We are committed to giving our children the best start to their education, teaching them skills which ensure their current well-being and future success. "We are ambitious for all our children to develop a lifelong love of learning."
Our curriculum is built around the EYFS Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Playing and Exploring
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to 'have a go'
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and Thinking Critcally
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
We integrate our School Values into our curriculum and everyday interactions. They are to be caring, be respectful and be responsible.
Long Term Plan
Please click here to view the Year 1 Long Term Plan.
Please click here to view the Year 2 Long Term Plan.
Please click here to view the Year 3 Long Term Plan.
Please click here to view the Year 4 Long Term Plan.
Please click here to view the Year 5 Long Term Plan.
Please click here to view the Year 6 Long Term Plan.
The Early Years Foundation Stage provision at The Westgate School ~ Year R
Our children are nurtured within a play based curriculum which is broad and balanced using indoors and outdoors spaces with both adult led and child initiated learning. The play is enjoyable, devised to promote thinking and problem solving, and improve language competence and encourage the exploration and investigation of materials. Our specialist Early Years Foundation Stage Leader oversees provision in both our Lower School Reception Year and our Nursery, ensuring continuity for all children who progress through this route as well as from other settings.
Our aim throughout the Westgate Early Years is to provide every child with a happy, secure and stimulating environment in partnership with parents and carers. We believe every child is unique and our Early Years’ Team have high expectations of what all our children can achieve. We support each individual to overcome any barriers to learning so that they can reach their potential. The Early Years Foundation is framed around the characteristics of effective learning
These provide a framework for learning upon which our curriculum in the Primary and Secondary Phase are built. We believe that a firm foundation in Year R and an early mastery of the basic skills enables all pupils to successfully access the wider curriculum as they progress through the primary years and beyond.
Initial reading and writing skills are taught in Reception using the Government Letters and Sounds scheme which provides pupils with a rigorous and thorough grounding.
Early Mathematical skills are taught using concrete resources and though purposeful play. Children are taught to apply their early skills in different everyday situations.
Curriculum Intent Implementation and Impact
Please click here to view the Curriculum Summary booklet
Year Team Curriculum Letters
Partners in Learning
Please click here to view the Partners in Learning PowerPoint presentation.
Please click here to view the Primary Phase Curriculum.
Please click here to view the Curriculum Intent.
Please click here to view the Literacy Evening PowerPoint presentation
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Please click here to view the Home Learning Model for the Lower School.