At West Drayton Academy, the aims of our curriculum are:
- to promote children's well-being and development in all areas: spiritual; moral; cultural; mental and physical and
- to prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In order to do this, we have designed children's learning through challenges expressed as questions. At the start of each topic, children consider how they will complete the challenge through identifying further questions that they would like to explore. At the end of each learning challenge, children share their discoveries in a variety of ways. These include: a production; an invitation to parents/carers to share in a presentation with food; a booklet; giving a presentation to another class and holding an exhibition.
In order to bring learning to life, we plan rich learning experiences for all year groups. We want our children to experience a wide range of learning opportunities such as: visit a farm; go to the seaside; hear music performed live; meet an author, poet, musician, artist, scientist, engineer etc; visit a museum; perform on a stage; sing in a choir; volunteer; support a charity.
For full details of our curriculum: challenges; experiences and outcomes, please see the long term plans at the bottom of this page.
Reading at West Drayton Academy
In our school, we have a wealth of books for the children to choose from. Our library is stocked with fiction, non-fiction and poetry; children have weekly opportunities to choose books. Mrs Abdullaj, our librarian, is always happy to help children and parents with book choices.
We have a range of reading schemes we use to help children at the earliest stages of reading. Oxford Reading Tree is one of our core reading schemes. The Oxford Owl website (https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/) has a wealth of information on:
- helping your child with reading;
- supporting your child with maths;
- explaining how we teach phonics;
- e-books to choose from;
- explaining the different assessments children take;
- and much more...