The Curriculum at West Bank
At West Bank Primary we have a unique curriculum, specifically designed to meet the needs of the children of West Bank . We guarantee to build on the skills and knowledge acquired every year to enable all the children to progress onwards and upwards in all subjects of the National Curriculum.
As with most schools teaching children between the ages of 3 and 11 there is a nationally designed curriculum which dictates what we should cover. In Nursery and Reception Classes (collectively known as the Foundation Stage) we cover the Foundation Curriculum in the six recognised areas of: Communication, language & literacy, Mathematical development, Personal, social & emotional development, Knowledge & understanding of the world, Physical development and Creative development.
Our Sunshine Certificate system ensures that all parents and children are constantly made aware of progress made, and can be proud of their achievements. All children receiving Sunshine Certificates are mentioned in the weekly newsletter to all parents. Our children also receive a swimming lesson every week from a qualified instructor in our learners pool, working their way through duckling and swimming awards. Many children can swim without assistance before they leave the Foundation Stage due entirely to the support and instruction they receive in school.
Into Key Stage 1 and 2 the weekly swimming lessons continue, but that is not why our curriculum is unique. As you would expect, like most other schools, we cover the entire National Curriculum.
In West Bank however we recognise the need for continuity and have, therefore, redesigned the entire package to ensure that the work that goes on in any class complements what is taught in the classes that come before and after. All teachers know what has been taught and achieved in the year below and can plan their lessons to make the most of early progress and development. For our gifted and talented pupils we have also written an extension to the primary curriculum.