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For all schools in England and Wales there is a statutory National Curriculum. This consists of the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science – and other subjects known as foundation subjects which are –computing, history, geography, design and technology, art and design, music and physical education (PE). Religious education (RE) is also a required subject. Other subjects make up the whole curriculum, including personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) and, for older children, French.  We teach phonics from Reception class, and use 'Letters and Sounds' as our scheme.

While there are compulsory subjects in the whole school curriculum, parents do have a right to withdraw their children from religious education and from acts of collective worship.

We are particularly proud at West Cliff of our commitment to high quality sport delivered by specialist sports coaches, the high quality Music provision delivered by specialist teachers and the specialist Art lessons delivered by a dedicated Art teacher. 

The curriculum, teaching and learning are organised in 3 Key Stages :

The Foundation Stage – Reception age children’ ages 4 - 5

Key Stage 1 (KS1) – includes children in Years 1 and 2, ages 5 - 7

Key Stage 2 (KS2) – includes those children in Years 3 – 6, ages 7 – 11

Statutory assessments are carried out at the end of each Key Stage by means of external tests (SATs) and teacher assessment.


Our Curriculum

“Children only come this way once so we should litter their pathways with quality experiences –education is making visible what is hidden as a seed”

At West Cliff we believe in having a creative curriculum that caters for the learning styles of all children. Our Curriculum contains all statutory elements previously mentioned, but it is built around a central theme each term. This theme is for all of our classes which encourages our older and younger children to work collaboratively and it also enables us to go on whole school trips. We feel that this approach really capitalises upon our family ethos in school. It also means that learning is linked which makes it more real. We believe that this creative approach really does make learning more fun!.

Our topics for the academic year 2018/19


Term 1 - How has transport changed people's lives?

Term 2 – What can we learn about early History?

Term 3 – How can we save our planet?

We try to cover as many curriculum areas as possible through this topic but there are occasions when we still need to teach some subjects separately. For examples of some of the topics we have already covered, look on our website on the class pages.

“All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents"

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