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The Creative Curriculum

Curriculum Handbook - This should tell you all you need to know abou tour curriculum

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.