The School Curriculum
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum in line with national requirements aimed at the development of the whole child.
Emphasis is placed on achievements in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Information Communication Technology.
The foundation subjects of Religious Education, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and French are also taught.
End of year National Curriculum level targets are set annually for each child in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Personal learning targets are also set regularly throughout the year.
Our Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy ensures that the staff are continuously focusing on pupil achievement.
During the course of the week children are taught by their own teacher assisted by our support staff, and in ability sets for Mathematics and English in Y6.
The school follows the National Curriculum supported by the Primary framework for Literacy. We use Read Write Inc for phonics and a range of reading schemes.
The school aims to develop and extend the skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening through a variety of approaches.
There is a carefully structures phonics programme in place and pupils follow a balanced programme of guided reading, using books of graded difficulty. Every class has a daily guided reading session and a basic skills session which targets phonics, comprehension, spelling and grammar.
Our aim is that children become independent readers. They are encouraged to take home a range of books to share with parents. Children are able to choose books from the graded reading scheme, the class libraries and from the school library.
We aim to make children competent and confident writers, able to write their own fiction, poetry and non- fiction texts. Drama, discussions and oral presentations are used to enhance and develop language skills.
The school follows the National Curriculum and Primary Framework for Numeracy.
The work includes using and applying maths concepts in everyday situations, number work, shape and space, measuring and data handling.
The daily Numeracy lesson provides structured teaching of maths concepts using mental and oral recall, as well as group and whole class teaching using a range of teaching strategies and materials.
We aim to enable children to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge and skills.
Science is taught through a variety of topics covering Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.
Information & Communication Technology
Confident and proficient use of ICT skills is a vital life skill in modern society.
Children are encouraged to use ICT across the curriculum for investigating, recording, organising, control and communication.
Each classroom has a bank of networked wireless laptops. Each class has a data projector and interactive Whiteboard for whole class teaching.
Broadband access in every classroom, ICT and library enables pupils to learn about the safe and responsible use of the internet.
Children in Y4 are given the opportunity to purchase their own mini laptop, at a subsidised cost, which can be used at home and in school.
The school also teaches pupils to use other ICT equipment such as scanners, digital cameras, video conferencing, microscopes, digital movie cameras and sound recording equipment. The school has a website which gives information about the school and promotes children’s work and successes.
Each child has an e-mail address and access to the school’s intranet which is fully supervised.
Religious Education & Collective Worship
Religious Education is taught according to the agreed syllabus for Tees Valley. At Westgarth Primary School we help children explore Christianity and other belief systems, encouraging positive attitudes towards beliefs and values of others, whilst allowing children to develop their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, preparing all children for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life.
A daily assembly takes place led by the HeadTeacher/Deputy, Teachers, classes and visitors.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship.
At Westgarth Primary School we believe that physical education provides a vital and unique contribution to the physical and emotional health development of each pupil.
Our goal is to provide a wide range of activities aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing skills and enjoyment in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor pursuits.
The programmes of study are also aimed at developing an understanding of the need for safety, develop co-ordination, self-confidence, co-operation and enjoyment.
The school is very fortunate in having its own Multi Use Games Area which can be used throughout the year.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
We aim to promote good patterns of behaviour during SEAL lessons.
The school provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves as developing individuals, to become responsible members of their community and to learn skills to seek resolutions to problems and issues.
Sex & Relationship Education
Sex education is given in the school during the Summer Term of Year 6. All classes in the school follow our Sex and Relationships Education Programme.
The biological aspects of sex education form the core but significant emphasis is placed on the importance of the family, love and relationships. All follow up work is handled with sensitivity and honesty.
The School Nurse pays a visit to school during Year Six to discuss “Growing Up” and “Changes to our Bodies” both boys and girls are involved in these sessions.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education programme.
The school has a long musical tradition. Children are encouraged to participate in various activities that include Listening and Appraising, Composition and Performance.
Class lessons include the development of creative music using a variety of tuned and untuned musical instruments. All children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument through the Tees Valley Music Service and also ‘Musicworks’, however there may be a cost involved. The school has various Musicians who visit throughout the year that provide extra musical activities to support the Curriculum across Key Stage One and Two.
The enjoyment of singing plays an important role during class lessons, music time and the school choir. The school also has an Outdoor Music Area that is used both within and outside class time.
We aim to provide a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. The children will explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of the children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments. Pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure, allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps and develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Children develop the appropriate skills, concepts and knowledge through the study of Romans; Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain; Life in Tudor Times; Victorian Britain; Ancient Greece; The Aztecs; Local History.
Opportunities are given for children to develop skills in investigating, designing, making and assessing, as well as learning how to competently use a variety of tools and materials.
Art & Design
Art is important in its own right and in the contribution it makes to other areas of the curriculum. Opportunity is given for the children to use a variety of materials and to acquire skills and techniques which develop creative and imaginative expression.
The presentation and display of children’s art work is given prominence in the school.
Modern Foreign Language
Children throughout the school are taught French. Our aim is to give all pupils a working knowledge of basic written and spoken French. We employ a French Teaching Assistant to support our work.