Our Curriculum Intent
Learning, Creating and Growing Together
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality that is built upon the needs of the individuals in its care. We wish to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. We aim to ensure all children who leave Webheath have achieved to the best of their ability whilst they are with us.
At Webheath Academy Primary School the curriculum is designed to:
- recognise children’s prior learning,
- provide a range of learning experiences,
- allow the children to develop interpersonal skills,
- build resilience and
- become creative, critical thinkers.
We aim to build resilience and encourage a positive mindset amongst our children as it is often through mistakes, we learn the most. We are passionate about ensuring our children learn new concepts and skills to a much greater depth and ensure solid foundations are in place to ensure our pupils are secondary ready.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community and look to the world and community beyond our school gates for comparisons. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school.
We aim to use imagination and drama as a vehicle to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. A variety of teaching styles are used in school, based on good practice and teachers continually reflect on their teaching. We are always seeking to innovate where appropriate, to maintain high standards and provide the best in primary school practice.
We use our Webheath Values (We are… kind, positive, curious, inclusive and creative) to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote ownership for learning and future success.
Our curriculum is focused on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects. Our families are key partners in developing their children’s knowledge and we are grateful to all our families who support their child’s learning. We are a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research.
In their first year in school, our Reception children follow the Early Years Curriculum and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of both play-based learning and more focused teacher led sessions. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others. These foundations ensure our children are ready for the progress required into the other primary phases.
All children from Year 1 to 6 follow the 2014 National Curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education (PE), Design Technology, Art and Design. In addition to the National Curriculum, we teach Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE), Religious Education (RE) and French at Webheath.
The teachers plan using Chris Quigley’s Essentials curriculum as a basis to ensure breadth and progress. Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum “includes all National Curriculum subjects and exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum. It’s clear, simple layout splits each subject into four sections:
- Essential Characteristics,
- Breadth of Study,
- Threshold Concepts,
- and Progress Milestones”.
Subjects are only linked if it makes sense, otherwise they will be taught discretely.
At Webheath we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of high priority. We follow the Sound!Start Phonics for Letters and Sounds. This progresses through the school so that by Year 6 children are meeting the required standards and are enjoying reading.
Here at Webheath we follow a Mastery approach towards Mathmatics and were part of the Maths Mastery teacher group funded by the DfE. For understanding in Maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations. A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend far longer on fewer key mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. A parent guide for parents from Pearson’s is available as a pdf download.
We believe our curriculum will inspire our children to find out more about the world around them. We aim to provide our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our policy for the curriculum has more details. Each year group page has information about the details of the curriculum being studied.