We follow the Development Matters in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and the National Curriculum September 2014 in KS1 and KS2 (Years 1 to 6) for the statutory requirements of what to teach and then as a staff we create a curriculum that is relevant to our pupils. For Phonics we use Letters and Sounds.
For more information about the National Curriculum that we are following, please visit the Department for Education (DfE) website by clicking here
Click on the links below to find out more about each subject area:
Religious Education (RE)
Our aim for religious education is to learn about and learn from different religions and beliefs. We want children to know that their own belief systems and those of others are valued and respected. We encourage children to share their knowledge and experience with others. You have the right to withdraw your child from R.E. lessons should you wish, but we would like you to come and talk to us about this before finalising your decision.
Relationship and Sex Education
Sex education is taught as part of the health education programme. You have the right to withdraw your child from sex education lessons if you wish, but we would like you to come and talk to the headteacher about this before finalising your decision. A parent workshop is held before the lessons start, to outline the learning expectations and the curriculum content.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) & Citizenship
In PSHE children learn ways of becoming healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. Children are encouraged and taught to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new and difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people. PSHE helps children to feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities, pupils recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.
At West Acton we follow the Ealing Scheme of Work for PSHE which incorporates the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) topics.
We first achieved Healthy Schools Accreditation in June 2004 and were re-accredited in September 2007 and May 2012 which demonstrates our commitment to promoting healthy choices for children.
Primary Modern Foreign Languages
MFL is a statutory subject for children at key stage 2. At West Acton we focus on French as a key language for the children to experience. French is taught in all year groups throughout the school, with a wide range of topics covered, delivered by a specialist teacher.
We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in the modern foreign language: these include games, role-play and songs (particularly action songs). We emphasise the listening and speaking skills over the reading and writing skills. We also use a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching so we try to introduce a physical element into some of the games, as we believe that this serves to reinforce memory.
We have established two after school clubs for both key stages.