We have two Primary classes at West Kirby School, the Pathfinders and the Adventurers. Our Pathfinders class will find their way up to the Adventurers.
We have a very vibrant and nurturing department, comprising of two Teachers, 2 HLTA's and 4 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 two 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, construction room, reading room, phonics hub and kitchen areas. Pupils also have access to our adventure playground and we have plans for extending outdoor provision to support gross motor skills and help to develop core strength, balance and co-ordination skills.
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 take part in our whole school Wellbeing and Adventures every Friday afternoon, with a choice of activities on and off site.
At West Kirby School 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 School for English we use Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme (See our Reading and Phonics page for more information), alongside Literacy Counts Read to Write. (Read more on our English page). In Mathematics we use White Rose Maths.
For September 2020 we have 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 an celebrating a range of range of cultural and faith heritages.
The 'Learning Meets 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 we believe that communication is the key to accessing learning and securing pupils' future success. With one of it's four foci 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 the 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 want embed learning about culture as a whole, understanding the roots and
importance of cultural heritage and 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.
At West Kirby, 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:-