At West Green, we are fortunate to admit our children from a broad cross section of society. Our children have a wide range of culture, languages and life experiences. We aim to enhance our children’s life experiences and provide them with rich learning opportunities that they will not only learn from, but also remember. To best support our intake of pupils we put a large emphasis on vocabulary and discussion during our lessons and recording. Our intent is to immerse our children in their learning in order to develop their vocabulary and inspire rich discussions and active learning opportunities. We want our children to be reflective, lifelong learners. We mean to offer a wide range of experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. We mean to provide an enriched primary school experience they will fondly remember.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. We strongly believe in providing a broad and balanced education for our pupils. To support our wider curriculum teaching we currently employ a specialist Mandarin teacher, a Music teacher, an Art teacher and sports coaches. Our teachers plan opportunities for children to experience trips or visitors related to their learning on a half termly basis; allowing our children the opportunity to explore the city they live in. When possible we make cross curricular links in our learning to deepen understanding. We also offer a wide variety of after school clubs to further enrich our students. Skills, attitudes and values are developed to prepare the children for the next stage of learning (key stage 1 and 2 ready and secondary ready), and enable them to be successful in the community.
At West Green we believe that Art plays an important role in increasing our children’s social and emotional well-being as well as allowing their creativity to shine. We are lucky to have the skills of our specialist Art teacher Barley who works with our children every Wednesday.
Activities and themes for Art work are closely linked to the whole school curriculum overview where we have tried to establish cross curricular links with subject areas covered in class as well as making sure NC skills in Art are closely embedded in work carried out in lessons in each of the key stages.
Art is used to unite the school and provides a visually stimulating environment for our children to learn. Here at West Green we are lucky to have a room which is dedicated to this area of the curriculum. This is used enthusiastically by children from years 1-6, where they have access to a range of materials to support them in producing high quality creative work. In the Early Years, children carry out a range of art activities with their class teachers, which adorns the corridors and classrooms in the Early Years building.
West Green is very fortunate to have such talented children as seen from the various art displays around the school -we hope you enjoy them.
At West Green we believe that if children can read they can unlock any door. With consistent phonics teaching our aim is for all children to learn to read early, regardless of their background. Reading is very prominent in our school, children are enthusiastic about what they read and regularly experience stories to develop their love for reading. At West Green we use the Read Write Inc programme from Reception. RWI phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. From Year 2 children who have successfully completed the RWI programme have a daily reading lesson which focuses on teaching comprehension skills (retrieval, interpretation, understanding of vocabulary, author’s choice, and author’s view point). A mixture of high quality fiction books, non-fiction texts, play scripts and poetry, usually related to the children’s history or geography learning, are used as stimulus. The Accelerated Reader programme is used across both Key Stages to ensure that the books children read at home are appropriate in level. Once a child has read a book at home, they take an online quiz at school about this book to demonstrate their comprehension. Quizzes and home reading are monitored by support assistants and teachers. Rewards and incentives are given to encourage effective home reading.
Mandarin Chinese is one of the fastest growing languages in the world, and it links brilliantly with other curriculum areas such as geography and history. It opens children’s eyes to other cultures, and creates quite a buzz in the classroom. Studies show that the earlier a child starts learning languages, the better, and that particularly applies to Mandarin. At West Green all children receive a weekly Mandarin lesson from a native Mandarin teacher from the London Confucius Institute.
A typical lesson is very interactive; children practise the pronunciation out loud, and then children have a go at writing the characters on their individual whiteboards. Children then go off and do some activities in workbooks. This year some of our Year 4 children took part in the Youth Chinese test which assesses their proficiency in both writing and speaking.
At West Green we teach maths following the mathematics mastery programme. We selected this programme as it focuses on language development and aims to ensure all children access and develop mastery. Mastery is for all, and our aim is to ensure all children leave our school with a secure understanding of the four operations and can confidently use both written and mental calculation strategies in a range of contexts. We aim to ensure consistent strategies, models and images are used across the school to embed and deepen children’s learning and understanding of mathematical concepts.
Maths Mastery is taught from Reception to Year 5. Maths Mastery aims to develop children’s deep understanding of mathematics. They explore mathematical concepts in depth using objects, conversation and problem-solving to build confidence in their understanding of Maths which explicitly suits the needs of our intake of children. The 3 key elements of Maths Mastery sessions are objects and pictures, language development and problem-solving.
Music is an incredibly important part of West Green Primary School. It plays an integral part of life and learning across the early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We believe it helps our children learn academically, socially and emotionally and brings a real sense of enjoyment and achievement into our children’s lives.
We have a dedicated music teacher who works with our children, staff and parents twice weekly and a music room where a full primary curriculum is taught, covering composition, improvisation and the exploration of sound. We champion children who have a desire to participate in music and support them to feel confident to perform in front of others.
We have a team of fantastic instrument teachers at the school teaching guitar, ukulele, piano, recorder, and drums to the children and a full range of music-based after-school clubs available. We also have a growing school choir. Our children have performed at a range of venues such as the O2, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and The Royal Albert Hall!
In accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act, West Green Primary School provides Religious Education for all pupils attending the school. RE is taught in accordance with the Haringey Agreed Syllabus 2007.
At West Green Primary School we believe that RE should not attempt to alter a child’s own beliefs but, provide knowledge of their own and other’s beliefs.
RE lessons help pupils to:
A variety of resources are used in the teaching of RE at West Green, namely: books, artefacts, DVD’s, and visits to local places of worship.
The children enjoy the celebration of many religious festivals throughout the year, including Harvest, Eid, Diwali, Christmas and Easter.
West Green Primary school contributes towards community cohesion in many different ways. We introduce many opportunities for children, their friends and families to interact with people from different backgrounds and build positive relations, including links with different schools and communities.
We also celebrate many festivals, which members of the wider community are invited to and visit places of worship.
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
Pupils should be taught to:
Swimming lessons take place at our local swimming pool, Tottenham Green Pools and Fitness.
Year 6 attend swimming during Autumn Term
Year 5 attend swimming during Spring Term and Summer 1
Year 6 attend swimming during Summer 2.
Pupils are required to wear a swimming hat, they can wear goggles if they wish.
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