Welcome to our Primary Department
Head of Primary
We have three Primary classes at West Kirby School and College; Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators. The Primary journey starts in Pathfinders, following a path through Adventurers, up to Navigators.
We have a very vibrant and nurturing department, comprising of four Teachers, HLTAs and Teaching Assistants, who are all very highly experienced and specialised. We aim to give the pupils the best possible start in their journey through education; supporting their emotional needs and wellbeing with a nurturing approach alongside our dynamic innovative curriculum.
We have three classroom areas which are well-equipped for learning, play and life skills. This includes a light and dark sensory room, Lego therapy area, continuous provision environment, reading room, phonics hub, intervention rooms and kitchen areas. Pupils also have access to our adventure playground and access to outdoor provision.
Library and reading areas
In addition to access to our main school Accelerated Reader library, our Primary department has a dedicated library and reading spaces, providing an inspirational approach to a love of literacy and reading.
To support our pupils' health, wellbeing and life skills we also utilise our local area including visits to the local park, beach, marine lake, Wirral Way, and encourage our children to develop a sense of local community.
Our Primary Department takes part in Primary Wellbeing and Life Skills Adventures every Friday afternoon, with a choice of activities on and off site.
Welcome to Pathfinders - find a way
Our key skills to learn as Pathfinder:
Welcome to Adventurers - make it happen
Our key skills to learn as an Adventurer
- Risk takers
Welcome to Navigators - leading the way
Our key skills to learn as an Navigators
- Able to apply skills
At West Kirby School and College, our classes follow their own bespoke curriculum. These are based on learning pathways which reflect the aims and values we want our curriculum to possess.
At West Kirby and College, we believe our curriculum should be accessible for all our pupils, providing them with a wide range of engaging, practical learning experiences that are cohesive, purposeful and relevant. We believe the curriculum should be connected in a meaningful way, evidencing clear progression and should demonstrate a consistent approach throughout school. This includes designing and implementing a curriculum that is best suited to their needs.
We plan opportunities into the curriculum to develop their cultural capital, helping to teach them about human creativity and achievement. We want them to enjoy their learning, leading to their growth and development as educated citizens who are valued members of society.
Throughout the curriculum we want the pupils to develop focus, independence and tolerance of others, whilst tapping into their strengths, such as enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
We want our curriculum to reflect our school values:-
- Be nurturing - Communication
- Be understanding - Culture
- Be aspirational - Communication
- Be enterprising – Conservation, Communication
- Be respectful – Conflict, Culture, Conservation
- Be proactive – Conservation, Conflict
English, Maths & Science
At West Kirby School and College, for English we use the 'Read, Write, Phonics Scheme' (see our Primary English page for more information), alongside 'Literacy Counts Read to Write', Steps to Read.
Visit our Primary English page for more information on Reading and Phonics.
In Science at West Kirby, we aim to enthuse the children’s love and curiosity about natural world and events around them.
Primary foundation curriculum
The links below show the skills progression across the foundation curriculum for our Primary Department.
'Learning means the world' (LMTW) curriculum
From September 2020 we introduced a new global curriculum called 'Learning Means the World''. This curriculum is innovative, forward thinking and highly relevant to our pupils' needs and thoroughly engages them as they tackle challenging topics and issues. As a school which is majority white British, we wanted our pupils to fully embrace cultural diversity, learning about, experiencing and celebrating a range of cultural and faith heritages.
Curriculum map cycles
Our LMTW curriculum is taught on a two year cycle in both of our Primary classes, which encompasses all topics covered in the thematic units. For September 2021 we are covering Curriculum Cycle B, see Pathfinders and Adventurers pages for more information.
LMTW curriculum themes
The 'Learning Means the World' (LMTW) curriculum is theme based and has been written with world issues in mind and is centred around 4 c's :
At West Kirby School and College, we believe that communication is the key to accessing learning and securing pupils' future success. With one of its four areas being communication, this curriculum provides lots of opportunities for pupils to develop expressing themselves in discussion, debate and presentation, as well as enabling them to collaborate and exchange ideas.
As the future generation our pupils need a greater awareness and appreciation of local, national and global conservation issues and initiatives, they need to learn that they have an important role to play in sustainability. This curriculum gives our pupils opportunities to grow and develop, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially in the natural world around them.
We believe that communication is vital to learning, as the key to success, and a focus on communication underpins every aspect of school life. Our pupils struggle to express their emotions and find maintaining positive relationships a challenge. We want our pupils to develop language skills that mean they are articulate, able to socially interact well, and can select and use appropriate vocabulary.
As a school that represents a white British demographic, with little personal experience of other people groups, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages.
We strive to embed learning about culture as a whole, enabling our pupils with an understanding of the roots and importance of cultural heritage, teaching pupils to behave in a respectful and tolerant way towards others, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background. We actively promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
We believe that life skills should be taught throughout the curriculum and an understanding of responsible, respectful behaviour is an important aspect of learning. Having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and its consequences, we believe, will make a difference to their own choices as they learn about cause and consequence.
We want our pupils to have a real awareness of how their behaviour affects others and how important positive relationships are throughout life. We also want them to be able to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.
We feel that a curriculum that employs a structured approach to developing environmental awareness and appreciation, not just at local, but also national and global levels, will actively engage our pupils and tap into their love of nature and the outdoors.
We want our pupils to be good stewards by developing their knowledge about conservation issues and nurturing a caring attitude towards the world they live in.