Q. What are our aims at Westbrook Lane?

We value our children as individuals and respect their needs regardless of sex, race or ablity. We aim to enable children to achieve their full potential in a supported and caring environment and promote a sense of belonging and responsibility towards the school community. We believe that every child matters and work to ensure that children are safe, healthy, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and are encouraged to make good choices.

Our specific aims are to:

*develop knowledge, skills and practical abilities and have the confidence to use them in a variety of situations

*to encourage children to develop lively enquiring minds with the ability to question

*to help every child to find pleasure in their work and recognise their Achievements in a positive way in order for them to reach their potential

*to instil respect for religious and moral values and develop an understanding of other races and ways of life.

*to be able to work independently, with perseverance and in co-operation with others

*to promote positive behaviour and a sense of belonging to the school and the wider community

Q. What is included in the curriculum?

We aim to provide as wide and varied a curriculum as possible, whilst addressing the requirements of the National Curriculum. Much of the work is planned through a topic approach where meaningful and relevant activities are provided for children to develop their knowledge and understanding. We place great emphasis on the mastery of basic skills as a foundation for future learning, through careful planning of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy. We use the children's own experiences as much as possible and provide opportunities to broaden these experiences through relevant school trips, visits and visitors to school whenever we are able. Language is developed through all the curriculum subjects as we seek to enable children to communicate effectively and with confidence in both the spoken and written word.

Since September 2008 all our KS2 classes have been taught a modern foreign language (French) as part of the curriculum.

Reading has a very high priority in school as we are committed to providing the best possible provision for our children in terms of structure and variety of reading materials. Reading books may be sent home on a regular basis whenever the class teacher feels that this is appropriate and guidance offered as to the ways in which parents might most effectively support the learning process.

The Maths curriculum is designed to develop a sound base of mathematical knowledge whilst enabling a child to work confidently in problem solving and investigative situations where mathematical knowledge is required. We encourage children to explore and investigate scientific ideas and acquire the skill of gathering relevant information to analyse and record findings in a variety of ways.

The teaching of History and Geography is often incorporated into the general topic and draws from children's own experience and that of their natural environment so that the learning process is meaningful and relevant.

Children are encouraged to develop skills in using the body and appropriate equipment to express themselves confidently and creatively in the fields of art and craft, music, drama, dance, P.E. and games. We have a number of enthusiastic and committed teams who play inter-school matches throughout the year and who have a great many successes. Children in Year 4 have swimming lessons once a week for the whole year.

All children are given the opportunity to sing and play musical instruments. We have music teachers in school and peripatetic teachers who visit us each week. The children are given the chance to learn to play recorders, and a variety ofother musical instruments. The school also has a choir.

Information Technology is an integral part of the curriculum and supports the learning that is taking place. Our ICT suite is well equipped with computers and all classes are timetabled to use this facility. We also have a number of IPads which are used around school and interactive whiteboards to extend teaching and learning opportunities A variety of software is used to challenge and interest the children.

In R.E. we introduce ideas from many faiths through stories and learning about festivals, places of worship and signs and symbols, so that children acquire an understanding of the similarities and differences between different religious practices. Daily assemblies in school include acts of collective worship along with a strong element of personal and social education. Assemblies with a religious content often have children participating in various ways.

Q. Will my child receive any sex education?

Sex Education is an integral part of our health/science curriculum and centres around work on living things, their growth and reproduction. In year 5 (reinforced in year 6) the children learn about changes to their bodies. Films and external speakers from the health service may work alongside teachers in this. At this stage, any films and the outline plan of areas to be covered are shared with the parents before delivery to the children.

Q. Is help given to children with special needs?

Yes. Mrs Gibbons is our special needs co-ordinator who works closely alongside class teachers and special needs assistants monitoring the needs of individual children, particularly those experiencing difficulties. Programmes are drawn up to match the child's learning needs and their progress is systematically recorded. The parents are also involved at all levels to help ensure that the child achieves success and makes the maximum progress. Whenever necessary we work closely with outside agencies e.g. speech therapists, educational psychologists, social services and medical officers who support us in helping address the needs of individual children.

Q. Will my child receive any homework?

Only in moderation. You may be asked to help your child with reading, the learning of spellings and tables or perhaps researching information for a particular topic. We may also recommend games and activities that will help your child with their work at school. Occasionally children are asked to take unfinished work home to complete.

Q. Are there any extra-curricular activities?

We offer with the help of teachers, parents and friends the following extra curricular activities :

  • Football
  • Cross-country running
  • Choir
  • Recorders
  • Film club
  • Book club,
  • Taekwondo
  • Cookery club
  • Lego club
  • Spanish conversation club.
  • Street Dance

Friendly and league matches are arranged with many other schools in the area in all sporting activities.

The year 6 children annually take part in a residential trip. There are numerous trips and visits arranged throughout the year for children to increase their understanding and enjoyment of a particular aspect of work being covered with their class.

There are also various concerts involving groups of children and sometimes the whole school each year.

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