Curriculum Summary Statements
National Curriculum 2014
In September 2014, the DfE published the new National Curriculum. In order to prepare for this, all our staff engaged in a wide range of professional development and we dedicated a significant amount of time in ensuring that our school fully implemented the new curriculum from September 2014.
You will find out more information about the curriculum that your child is learning on their class page under ‘Curriculum Maps’ (overview). If you would like more information about the new National Curriculum, and the subjects that your child will be learning throughout their education, you can find this at www.gov.uk
Timetabling the Curriculum
At Upton Westlea we believe that children learn best when they are given real, first hand experiences. We therefore teach most of our History, Geography, Art and DT through a topic based curriculum. As much as possible we introduce each topic with a ‘WOW’ factor such as an inspiring visit, a workshop, visitors into school, a drama etc. We aim to incorporate other subjects such as Science, Maths and Music where relevant, but these are generally taught discretely. English is the ‘golden thread’ that underpins everything we do, so reading, writing, speaking and listening all play a vital role in our topics.
Music is taught throughout the school using the ‘Charanga’ scheme. In Year 5 the children have the opportunity of a terms specialist instrumental teaching which is funded by the local authority.
PE is taught by specialist sport coaches as well as class teachers.
Trying to fit in all the National Curriculum subjects every week and all the extras is extremely challenging. Some subjects may not be taught each term. History for example, may lend itself more to visits planned in the Autumn (Year 3 – Romans) and Geography may fit in more with a residential visit in the Autumn term (Year 2) and Spring Terms (Year 3 & 4).
Please see class long term plans for an in-depth overview of our curriculum for each year group (Long Term Plans).