The Curriculum at Waterfoot Primary School
Our school motto ‘We think for ourselves but feel for others’ and our six values: perseverance, confidence, responsibility, respect, kindness and resilience underpin and are at the heart of our curriculum.
We aim to deliver the National Curriculum aims, in the most memorable, exciting, and effective way possible, where high standards are always sought and attention is always given to motivating children to be lifelong learners. One of the key aspects of our curriculum is how we make meaningful connections between our core and foundation subjects. Our main aim is bringing the curriculum together through termly themes, with a clear focus on developing key reading, writing and maths skills in a cross-curricular approach. There is a wealth of information regarding our whole school curriculum and our curriculum maps give you a deeper insight into how we work creatively to link the foundation curriculum to enhance learning; however do not hesitate to contact the school for further details. Or to see the 'curriculum in action' look on our class pages, outdoor learning area or the latest news page on our website. In Early Years we have one unit, therefore one cycle and the year's curriculum themes are displayed below. As we have mixed age classes in Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 our curriculum themes follow a two yearly cycle as shown.
At Waterfoot we aim to develop children's confidence in Maths using the 'CPA' approach. This teaching style of concrete, pictorial and abstract learning allows the children to have a secure, deep and progressive knowledge and understanding of the mathematical concepts.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Across all the year groups pupils gain the knowledge and skills through a predominantly ‘working scientifically’ approach. Science teaching fits in, as far as possible, with our individual key stage topics and cross curricular approach. Making conscious connections between science and other subject areas means that pupils can benefit from a more connected learning experience.
We use the Purple Mash Scheme throughout the school to aid planning and teaching . The units of work have been split over a two year cycle to maximise cross-curricular links and ensure progression. ICT is used within the classroom and across subjects to support the children's learning and to allow them to apply their computing skills.