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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre

Curriculum

Westover Green's Recovery Curriculum 2020-2021

  • Our Curriculum Intent Statement is underpinned by the Clevedon Learning Trust's three core values: Children, Choice and Collaboration.
  • To find out more about how we structure the curriculum across the school to ensure the National Curriculum is taught and is tailored to the needs of our pupils please have a look at our Curriculum Intent and Progression Plans for subject areas. These documents will demonstrate developments undertaken this year to show how our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced and builds on prior learning. They set out what pupils will learn and when. You can also see how ‘The Westover Green Child’ strand is woven through to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of our children.
  • To see the learning opportunities planned for pupils, please see the Curriculum Overview Plans tab. Teachers will update these each term for each year groups so that you can see what your children will be doing. You may be able to plan some visits or conversations and activities at home to support them.

Westover Green Curriculum Intent Statement:

  • It is tailored to meet the needs of Westover Green School and Autism Centre, its context within an urban and rapidly developing town and its pupils, a large percentage of whom are drawn from an area of high social deprivation.
  • It is rooted in the needs of our community, drawing on local culture and heritage. An example of this is celebrating local culturally significant traditions such as Carnival, Bridgwater Fair and learning about local history and heroes.
  • Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place through a comprehensive programme of external visits and visitors and additional opportunities.
  • Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding through our school values and the development of a contextually relevant curriculum.
  • Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our British Values.
  • Is ambitious for all pupils and provides additional opportunities to inspire ambition within our pupils, a large percentage of whom do not currently aspire to higher education.
  • Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual.
  • Secures pupils' core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with additional learning needs or disabilities.
  • Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond.
  • Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils through carefully considered and contextually specific learning opportunities to develop ‘The Westover Child’, including experiences and visits.
  • Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments.

Children with Special Needs and / or disabilities:

  • The curriculum in our school is designed to provide access and opportunity for all children who attend the school. If we think it necessary to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual children, then we do so only after the parents of the child have been consulted. Intervention groups and individual precision teaching is delivered where appropriate. Refer to SEN policy
  • At Westover Green School, we believe that each child has individual and unique needs. However, some children require more support than others do. If these children are to achieve their full potential, we must recognise this and plan accordingly. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of children will have special educational needs at some time in their school career. Some of these children may require help throughout their time in school, whilst others may need extra support for a short period to help overcome more short term needs. For children with Special Educational Needs and/ or a disability, in addition to the whole school aims, we strive:
  • To enable every child to experience success
  • To promote individual confidence and a positive attitude
  • To ensure that all children, whatever their special educational needs or disability , receive appropriate educational provision through a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and differentiated, that demonstrates coherence and progression in learning. Our school is committed in making reasonable adjustments to meet children’s individual needs
  • To give children with special educational needs equal opportunities to take part in all aspects of a school's provision, to involve parents, carers and children themselves in planning and supporting at all stages of the child's development
  • To ensure that responsibility held by all staff and Governors for SEND is implemented and maintained.

The curriculum is intended to enable pupils to:

  • Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development.
  • Understand and apply values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others.
  • Have a sense of belonging to their community and an understanding of local traditions such as carnival, the importance of tourism to the local economy and the shaping of their local towns.
  • Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences.
  • Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend.
  • Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society through attendance at community events such as Remembrance events, learning about and donating food to the local food bank.
  • Be well prepared for life in modern Britain by participating in democratic votes for school council elections and holding a Westover Green general election.
  • Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment through access to appropriately differentiated learning opportunities and pre and post teaching sessions across the school day.
  • Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage. This is supported through our ‘Westover Green Child’ Strand woven through our curriculum, which ensures equality of access for all pupils to cultural opportunities and knowledge which may not otherwise be accessed by some of our pupils from socially and economically deprived backgrounds. Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage.
  • Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible. Our school outcomes are not meeting this aim at present and therefore has focused action plans in place to bring about rapid improvement. These include fostering a love of reading to underpin improved reading and comprehension skills and developing children’s fluency in times table facts and number bonds to underpin improved calculation and problem - solving skills.
  • Articulate their hopes and aspirations for their future. The school plans to broaden children’s aspirations for their future through visits to and from universities, participation in STEM competitions and inviting members of the local and wider community (including past pupils) to speak with pupils about their jobs and education.

Our school curriculum draws many elements from the National Primary Curriculum (NPC), although objectives are adapted within our creative approach. Contact the school if you require more detail about a specific aspect of the curriculum or if you would like more information on the National Primary Curriculum (NPC), please click on the link below.

National Primary Curriculum