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The Creative Curriculum

Autumn 1 2016

Year 1 are studying 'Superheroes'

Year 2 are studying 'Land Ahoy'. The children have taken a particular interest in the story of the Titanic, so teachers are letting the children lead their learning and find out more about this.

Summer 2 2016

This half term we will be using the Olympics, to inspire us in our whole school Rio topic. We will be meeting our own Westdale Olympians and taking part in Rio Zumba workshops. We will be continuing to build our resilience and looking at the characteristics of success in the Olympics.

Summer 1 2016

In Year 1 the children will be learning about ‘Dinosaur Planet’ for the next half term and in Year 2 the topic will be ‘Wiggle and Crawl’.

We hope to now start all topics with a memorable experience; this may be a visit, visitor, or ‘hook’ to get the children really excited about their learning journey ahead. The topics will end with a ‘innovate’ project which can take lots of different forms e.g. creating a museum or an animation, which we hope parents can be a part of to share learning.

We would be delighted with any feedback you can give us about how your children has enjoyed these topics as we want to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children.

The Four Cornerstones of the Westdale Curriculum:


What do the Four Cornerstones look like?

During the Engage stage children will:-

  • have memorable first-hand experiences - for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom

  • have WOW experiences - Investigate and Discover

  • be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme

  • begin initial research and set enquiry questions

  • have lots of opportunity to make observations

  • develop spoken language skills

  • take part in sensory activities

  • have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully 'engage' with their new topic

During the Develop stage children will:-

  • dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum

  • practice their newfound skills

  • compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum

  • research their own questions and those posed by others

  • follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests

  • complete homework activities that support their learning in school

During the Innovate stage children will:-

  • apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts

  • be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages

  • be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities

  • have time to re-visit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage

  • have the opportunity to take on different roles

During the Express stage children will:-

  • become the performers, the experts, the informers

  • share their achievements with others in many different ways.......parents, class mates and the community

  • evaluate finished products/processes

  • tie learning back to the beginning/celebrate

Phonics and Reading

Westdale Infants follows Letters and Sounds alongside the NC 2014 for its phonics provision. We are committed to every child as a reader when they leave Westdale so have recently invested in the PM (switch on) books as our core scheme. We have additional books from Collins and Oxford Reading Tree as well as 'real' books to supplement this.

Maths No problem!

We have been undergoing lots of professional development around the principles of 'Shanghai maths' and from September 2016 will be trialling the 'Maths no problem' textbooks that support this. The visual and step by step the children have used so has had a real impact on learning and we are all excited about the steps ahead.

See the link below for further details