This section is focused on the Curriculum and provides an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS] Framework and the Curriculum offer for children in Years 1 to 6.
The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. We are aiming to become a thinking school and we have taken the necessary steps towards this.
Our Curriculum also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what our children learn from the way they are treated or expected to behave. Working towards achieving The Rights Respecting School Award, Investing in Children Award and Use of Philosophy 4 Children approach demonstrates our commitment to the child’s social, emotional and behavioural development. Our curriculum also includes opportunities to teach children about British values.
West Cornforth Primary School teaches children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve all that they can.
We follow a ‘skills based curriculum’ whereby the key/basic skills needed to make progress in each subject are embedded within a theme delivered to pupils through questions and investigation which sparks their interest, and allow children to make links and connections across traditional subject boundaries. It includes not only the formal requirement of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organizes in order to enrich the experiences of our children.
This includes the range of ‘Extra Curricular’ opportunities available to all year groups.
Each class studies one engaging theme per term or half-term, starting with a question session on what they already know and what they want to know to engage them in their learning. To ensure the full coverage of the National Curriculum, each subject area has been carefully mapped across the school to fit with these themes. The key skills [deemed essential for pupil progress] from each subject area have been mapped to each topic as non-negotiable elements of study. Many of the themes chosen have a particular commitment to promoting investigation, invention and evaluation across science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Use of visits and visitors based around art and music, extend pupils’ opportunities for creative learning.
New plans are devised each year and enable the effective differentiation, progression and assessment of key skills that need to be taught in each year group.
Please visit our Year Groups to see details of our work and activities.
If you would any more information about our curriculum please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum West Cornforth Primary School remain committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunuties to stimulate and motivate learning
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including homework club, one to one support and booster/extension sessions
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment. Further information about the SEND Information Report can be found on the County Durham Families Information Service website. If you would like to discuss our SEND Information Report in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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