Curriculum

School organisation

We are a 1½ form entry school which means that we have 1 ½ classes (45 children) per year group.  Currently there are 12 classes and 8 year groups in total ranging from Nursery, Reception, Year 1 through to Year 6.

In accordance with the National Curriculum the school is divided into 3 main stages: Early Years Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2:

Key Stage
Age range
Year groups
Early Years
Age 3 - 5
Nursery - Reception
Key Stage 1
Age 5 - 7
Years 1 -2
Key Stage 2
(Lower) Age 7 - 9
Years 3 - 4
(Upper) Age 9 - 11
Years 5 - 6

Three of our 12 classes are of split age groups: Class 1 / 2, Class 3 / 4 and Class 5 / 6.  However the school is organised so that children in KS1 and KS2 in particular are taught in single aged, booster groups for English, Maths and Science (Upper KS2) according to their ability and age groups. This allows the children to be taught the curriculum suitable for their age and needs.  The foundation subjects (non core) are taught in mixed ability class groups.

The Teaching Assistants and the Learning Mentor work in the phases to support the children and the teachers.

Perforamance Data

Please see the DfES website for imformation on West Ham Church School's standards and attainment.

KS1Data

KS2 Data

National Curriculum 2014

At Key Stages 1 and 2 all pupils must study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.

See class Curriculum Newsletters.

See the Curriculum Overview.
(For English plans, please see termly curriculum newsletters)

Reading and Phonics

We teach Synthetic Phonics (Read Write Inc) formally from Nursery to Year 4 and thereafter when needed. Guided Reading lessons take place every day and children receive work according to ability. Early Reading is taught mainly through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Homework

Year group or phase newsletters are sent out three times per year to give parents information on the subjects to be covered by their children and about the visits and events that have been planned.  The newsletters also explain about the homework requirements for that period.
 
Children carry out homework tasks of varying durations as they move through the school in order to reinforce the tasks that they have been taught in school and to extend their learning.  Homework also serves the purpose of involving parents or carers in a partnership with the school to further the educational development of the children. 

Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 homework will generally need to be completed with the support of a parent or carer, but as the child gets older the homework tasks begin to change and the work should be completed more independently.  By the time the child has reached Year 6 they should have developed significant independent learning skills that will greatly benefit and prepare them for the demands of the homework as they move on to Secondary School.

Examples of types of homework tasks:

  • Reception – phonics, word boxes, reading and numeracy activities and games.
  • Years 1 and 2 (KS1) – homework will start to include spellings and other literacy and numeracy work.
  • Years 3 and 4 (Lower KS2) – homework will include literacy and numeracy tasks and may also include work from other subject areas.
  • Years 5 and 6 (Upper KS2) – homework still includes literacy, numeracy and science, but also more work from other subject areas.

Please also check the Links for Children page for websites that may be of use for homework. Contact your child’s class teacher if you have any homework related problems.  Also try the Links for Parents page for useful websites to help you support your child.

Behaviour

As a school we have high expectations for children’s behaviour and standards of good behaviour are set by example and through clear expectations.

The school encourages good behaviour through its rewards system where praise, stickers, certificates, extra play or special events are rewards for good attitude towards work, people and the environment. 

We operate system of Values throughout the school to further motivate the children to treat themselves, each other and others with respect.

Special Events

Special events occur throughout the year, some to acknowledge good behaviour, work or effort and other special events occur for whole classes, year groups or phases.  We are frequently visited by theatre groups, music groups, music teachers and visitors who speak about their work and professions. 

Assemblies and Performances

Assemblies are held every morning and each one has a different theme.  Friday assemblies are special assemblies of commendation where good behaviour, performance or effort is rewarded as well as attendance prizes for classes or individuals.  Class assemblies are held regularly and parents have the opportunity to watch their children’s performance in school as well as the performances held in the church.