Academies are required to have a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In the Foundation Stage, Westwood Academy follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The school uses the letters and sounds approach to the teaching of phonics. Further details can be found under the tab ‘helping your child to learn.’
While academies are not required to follow the National Curriculum, at Westwood we have chosen to do so for our KS1 and KS2 provision. We organize the children’s learning across a curriculum designed to be stimulating, that reflects the children’s interests and that gives relentless opportunities for teachers to inspire all pupils.
Topics have been generated with the children’s interests and personalities in mind to provide a more personalised and engaging learning experience, and we have captured this in our “Curriculum Map” which forms part of our curriculum policy. We use the skills identified within the National Curriculum as the basis of our teaching, as we recognise them as key skills for life-long learning.
We try to enrich learning through trips and visits, along with theme days throughout the year linked to either British Values or to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. These trips, visits and themes underpin the topics and set the children’s learning into real life contexts, helping them to make sense of it.
The curriculum across the year groups
Please see the Curriculum Policy and Map above for details of how the national curriculum is implemented at Westwood.
How can you find out more information about the curriculum?
You can find out more about the curriculum in each year group by clicking the appropriate year group in the left menu under the curriculum heading.
If further information is required, please contact the office who will organise a meeting with either the class teacher or the curriculum leader.
Also on each year group page is information about the national curriculum for each year group, listed here for your convenience:
Our approach to teaching reading.
In order to teach reading, we use a number of strategies. A summary of these can be found in this document:
Paper copies of information and policies are available on request, for free, from the school office.