Introduction

  • 2014 saw the launch of a new National Curriculum: an exciting time in education and a chance for us to reflect on what our children at West View Primary School need in terms of knowledge and experiences to ensure that they are well-prepared for life in modern Britain. 

    The curriculum we offer our children is always evolving as we take in to account government requirements as well as the interests and needs of our pupils.  Through creative delivery of the mathematics and English curriculum and using Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs), we firmly believe we are providing our children with a broad and balanced education which promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, preparing them well for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

    Statutory programmes of study are detailed in the latest national curriculum document which can be found here.

     

    Core Subjects

    Mathematics and English skills are taught discretely every day.  However, our teachers are very experienced at developing these skills through a range of other subjects and activities.  Teachers use a document we call our”non-negotiables” which sets out the programmes of study for each year group.  From these, they design tailor-made units of work to suit the needs and interests of their children at the appropriate level.  Our Cornerstones projects also provide ideas and resources to develop English and Mathematics skills across the curriculum.  Coverage is tracked by the teachers themselves using a term-by-term highlighting system.

    Assessment

    Formative assessment takes place every lesson.  Teachers and teaching support assistants are very effective at observing and questioning children in order to find out their strengths and what needs teaching next.  Reading, writing, mathematics, science and GPS are assessed frequently using criteria based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).  Half termly assessments are carried out using Rising Stars materials; scores are used to inform teacher judgements.  For mathematics, termly tests are carried out using White Rose materials which are closely aligned to end of key stage statutory assessment tests (SATs).  The outcomes of tests are used to identify children’s targets and next steps for learning; thus informing teachers’ planning.

    Foundation Subjects

    Most of the foundation subjects at West View Primary are taught through Cornerstones’ Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs).  Cornerstones is a published scheme based on a four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.  It features more than 70 ILPs from Early Years to Year 6.  Each project, designed to last approximately 5-7 weeks, is split into sections which see children progress through the four stages of learning.  More information about the Cornerstones curriculum can be found on their website: www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk.

    Teachers in each year group select from a range of ILPs to match the interests and needs of the children in their classes.  From these projects, they map out long term plans then subsequent individual lesson plans.  Each project begins with an engaging activity known around school as a “sparkly start”.  Projects often culminate with a “fabulous finish” when children are given the opportunity to express their learning.  Teachers ensure each lesson is differentiated in order to meet the needs of all learners. 

    In order to assess learning across foundation subjects, each subject leader has developed a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) which form the basis of our assessments.  Formative assessment is done on a lesson-by-lesson basis, helping to form a judgement about a child’s achievement against the KPIs.