Curriculum

 

At Westgate Hill Primary Academy, we have worked hard with teachers, parents and pupils to develop a unique curriculum, bespoke to our school, in order to inspire children’s thirst for knowledge and life-long learning. Building on research carried out by Hart and Risley in 1995 and again in 2003 (“The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3” by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley) we recognise the importance of a rich and varied vocabulary for all children in order to improve academic outcomes. Analysis of assessment data supports our view that vocabulary development should be at the core of everything we do. With this in mind, we have created a curriculum that is language rich, allowing children from our community to build upon the strong foundations of what they already know and to have brand new experiences, expanding their horizons.

Our creative curriculum, developed ‘for Westgate Hill, by Westgate Hill’, has been designed in order to nurture and encourage natural curiosity. We describe it as BRAVE: Bold, Relevant, Aspirational, Varied and Engaging.

Westgate Hill Primary Academy also follow a range of reading schemes in order to immerse the pupils in a wide range of literature. Schemes we follow include: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Alphakids and PM Gems.

The current National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 was introduced in September 2014. This new curriculum is broader in its scope and also more challenging. More complex concepts and learning is now being introduced to children earlier on in their learning than was the case with the previous curriculum.

At the centre of the curriculum are core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science.

Early Years

 

The Early Years team at Westgate Hill Primary Academy provide a nurturing and enabling environment where children feel safe, secure and valued.  We deliver a motivating and engaging curriculum that is based on children’s interests and aims to deliver exciting activities that promote independence. Our goal is for all children to feel supported and challenged wherever possible to take risks, learn from mistakes and practise new skills. Children develop good communication skills in our language rich environment where they are encouraged to form strong friendships and respect each other’s cultures and backgrounds. In our Early Years, we aim to build strong relationships with families and carers that will help families to feel involved with their child’s individual journey as they learn and grow with us. Through a balanced curriculum of child initiated and formal teaching, we give children every possible chance to succeed beyond our Early Years.

In EYFS and KS1, Westgate Hill Primary Academy use the Phonics scheme of work Read Write Inc. More can information on RWi can be found here.