Our curriculum is broad and balanced and delivered through themes. Because of small numbers, each child’s special talents and gifts can be recognised and learning can be tailored to suit individuals. This enables children of all abilities, including able, gifted and talented and children with special educational needs to make good progress.
We aim to fit the study of science, history, geography, technology and the arts into our themes. This ensures that learning is meaningful and more enjoyable.
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
- Religious Education
Children also study the following subjects as part of the National Curriculum.
These are called foundation subjects:
- Art and Design
- Modern Foreign Language for KS2
- Design Technology (DT)
- Physical Education
Children are also taught Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHE). We work in partnership with our local schools to provide expertise and opportunities in both Science, Computing and PE. A qualified Sports Coach from Bourton Meadow Academy work with our existing members of teaching staff to help deliver a fun exciting curriculum that opens the children up to new sports. Our approach is child-centred with emphasis on individual work. In addition to this the children work in groups, either with their peers, or mixed ages, as well as whole class teaching.
The acquisition of language skills are essential, because these skills enable children to communicate and understand in all parts of the curriculum. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are all part of language. We recognise the importance of reading and writing, but opportunities to listen and communicate orally are also a necessary part of learning.
As part of our English teaching we use a phonics based and Guided Reading programme called Read, Write Inc. with the children in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Early readers are able to access a range of books from the Oxford Reading Tree , the Dandelion Scheme and Project X. When the children are ready they progress with the children in Key Stage 2 with more directed Guided reading sessions using the Badger Guided Reading series as well as dedicated GPS Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling also referred to as SPAG lessons. Children are regularly assessed to ensure the high quality materials are at the correct level to support and extend their learning.
Years 1 & 2 Years 3 & 4 Years 5 & 6
At Westcott we attempt to make mathematics fun. We use the Abacus Mathematics Scheme to help support the teaching of Mathematics throughout the school. We use Numicon resources to help at a early age identify, count and organise numbers to 20. Westcott Church of England School look for every opportunity to make the learning of mathematics meaningful by putting mathematical problems into real life circumstances.
As a Voluntary Aided Church School, Christianity is at the heart of our work. Children are taught about the Christian faith and other faiths in a sensitive way. The school follows the Oxford Diocesan Scheme of Work, which ties in well with the Bucks Agreed Syllabus 2011-2016. We have a daily act of worship. Revd. Mary Cruddas is our local vicar and is a governor at the school. We are lucky to have a weekly assembly led by Revd. Mary. Westcott CE School is fortunate to be located next to the wonderful St.Mary the Virgin Church in Westcott. This enables the children and staff to maximise the use of the church for daily acts of collective worship and performances for the parents at the end of each term.
Parents who desire to, have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship and may do so by making a request to the Headteacher. Alternative arrangements will then be made.
We are part of the Bucks Sports Partnership. This gives us opportunities to take part in festivals and competitions with other schools. The children in Key Stage 1 have taken part in Short Tennis and Multi-Skills competitions with local schools as well as the Small Schools Festival. Children in Key Stage 2 have taken part in dance, football, hockey, handball, tennis and badminton festivals with other local schools. Westcott use the skills of professional sports coaches to work with the children and staff to help deliver lessons around sports of cricket, handball, tennis and hockey. Throughout the sports the children are taught many important life skills e.g. teamwork, communication, co-operation and competition.
We receive a sports funding grant, details attached (Sports and Health Grant Allocation for 2017- 18) . This money has enabled us to greatly improve sports provision at Westcott CE School and this has lead to an improved number of children taking part in extra-curricular activities as well as raising competitiveness especially across the schools network. We have also been able to invest in staff training and Mr Giles (Sports Coach) has been helping to up-skill our staff so that should the funding stop we are able maintain the same high standard of teaching and activities offered. How we have used last year’s Sports Funding is available here Use of our Sports Funding for April 2016 to April 2017 – PE Grant.
Extra Curricular Activities and Study Visits
We offer regular sport and activity clubs each term. Last year these included multi-skills, teams games, football, sign language, board games, construction, clay and art.
In addition to their classroom work, children may be given the opportunity to visit places to enhance their studies either for a whole day or half day. The school make good use of it’s contact with Waddesdon Manor.
We believe that assessment is at the heart of effective teaching and learning and when it has an effect on planning and informs teaching it raises standards. In our assessment procedures we recognise the individuality of all children, taking a positive view and recognising that praise and success are great motivators in the learning process. Record keeping and assessment provide the mechanism through which teachers can focus on the needs and attainment of each child.
Standard Assessment Tasks/Tests (SATs) are administered to all children at the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two of the National Curriculum during the Summer Term of the school year. The children in Year 6 take part in the Transfer Tests (formerly 11+) at the start of the school year. During the Summer Term, children in Year 1 undertake a Phonic Screening Test (these are carried out on a one-to-one basis with the class teacher and require the children to apply their phonic knowledge to read a list of real and made up words).