The National Curriculum

In 2014, the government made changes to the The National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2. As an academy, we have adopted many aspects of the new curriculum to promote preparation for, and an appreciation of, life in our UK and Global society whilst maintaining our local identity by keeping the many exciting, innovative and engaging elements of our existing curriculum. At Westerings, pupils take part in outdoor learning, cookery, first-aid and many additional subjects that go above and beyond what is in the new curriculum. Why not arrange to come and visit us so that you can see the wonderful things taking place each and every day in lessons? To view the content of the National Curriculum (and see what your child will learn at Westerings) please click here.

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: How we deliver our curriculum at Westerings has a huge impact on pupil engagement and progress. Take a look at some of our bespoke teaching and learning strategies which have a lasting impact on our pupils... CLICK HERE.

Curriculum 2014+

The main changes to the key core subjects are highlighted below.

English - The new programme of study for English is knowledge-based; this means its focus is on knowing facts rather than developing skills and understanding. It is also characterised by an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language.

Mathematics - The main areas in the new programme of study for mathematics are number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra. Every year group has a unique combination of topics to study. Most of the changes to the mathematics curriculum involve content being brought into earlier years.

For further information and a Parent’s Guide to the New National Curriculum, please download the BOOKLET HERE.

What is your child learning?

Take a look at our current termly curriculum here:

(Note - 2018/19 curriculum information below will become visible after the summer break).

Our curriculum statement:

In common with all Academy Enterprise Trust academies, Westerings Primary Academy operates within the National Curriculum Framework laid down by Central Government. We address much of our English and Maths teaching through the daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons. Both Literacy and Maths are taught through themed units and also through other subjects. Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme.

We aim to provide as broad and balanced a curriculum as possible by planning to incorporate Science and the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum in blocked units of work. Some subjects will be taught on a weekly basis – these include: Science, P.E., Music, Computing, R.E. and P.S.H.C.E. The remaining subjects of History, Geography, Art and Design Technology are planned in blocked units.

Reception: 4 to 5 year old children, KS1: 5 to 7 year olds, KS2: 7 to 11 year olds.

Our youngest children work towards the Early Learning Goals, which lead into the National Curriculum and prepare them socially, linguistically, mathematically, physically, emotionally and creatively for their futures. These goals are the same goals used in Pre-school and help children transfer their skills within this foundation stage. The curriculum is planned to meet children’s individual needs. Letters and Sounds phonics is taught immediately upon entry.

Within Year 1, the children are assessed using the National Phonics Test. During Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) pupils work through the programmes of study in ten National Curriculum subjects. They are taught knowledge and skills which are assessed by the teacher and formally assessed at the end of Year 2 when children are 6 or 7 years old. The results of these SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are reported to Parents/Carers. Children read with support of the Oxford Reading Scheme.

Children enter Key Stage 2 at 7 years old when they are in Year 3. The curriculum continues to be delivered in a variety of ways. Some subjects are taught discreetly e.g. Maths, English and Science, as these form the core of your child’s learning. Other subjects may be taught through units of focused work, topics or themes. Teachers organise this work in meaningful, relevant and enjoyable ways through whole class lessons, group work and individual work.We have a whole school rolling programme of topics covered to avoid children repeating units of work.

Throughout the school pupils may be ability grouped within their class to focus the teaching and learning more closely to their needs. They may also have random talk partners to optimise learning discussions and skills of co-operation.

Annually, in May, Key Stage 2 take part in Statutory SAT tests for Year 6 children. The result of KS2 tests are reported to parents/carers at the end of the academic year. Teacher Assessments based on usual classroom performance is reported to Parents /Carers of children in every year group.