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Curriculum Intent

Vision :  At West Lodge each child finds the spark within them. The light continues to grow igniting the spark in others creating ripples throughout the world. It all starts with understanding and acceptance….


Mission :  To equip every child with a toolkit for a successful life.


At West Lodge Primary School, our pupils are offered a curriculum that is broad, balanced, exciting and creative. Teaching staff are very flexible, innovative and reflective with their approach to teaching which ensures all pupils are getting the opportunity to maximise their full potential and find their own spark.


At West Lodge our curriculum aims to:

  •  Help our pupils to become independent, enquiring and collaborative learners.
  •  Develop happy, motivated life-long learners equipped for the future.
  •  Nurture healthy, caring and respectful individuals.
  •  Create thinking individuals, with values, who make a positive contribution to the world.
  •      Enable children to develop creativity and to think creatively.
  •  Provide challenge, enabling children to reach their full potential.
  •  Be inclusive and diverse allowing a range of opportunities for children to find their spark.
  •     Help children develop a growth mindset, a love of challenge and create an environment where children embrace risk.
  •     Provide children with the opportunity to build a strong knowledge base across all areas of the curriculum.


Two key quotes underpin the ethos for our curriculum:


"There is a brilliant child locked inside every student." Marva Collins

(Our curriculum aims to provide a range of opportunities to meet the varied needs of all learners and give every child the best possible chance of finding their ‘song’, their ‘element’!)


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." W B Yeats

(Our curriculum aims to spark a love of learning in all – ignite the fire so that children become active learners and embark on a lifelong journey of learning)


Our pupils are challenged in fun and exciting ways through a curriculum that offers: real-life, purposeful learning opportunities; first-hand experiences and regular opportunities to learn outside the classroom via a range of educational visits, curriculum workshops and residential trips.


We aim to create learning experiences that help the children to develop a growth mindset, to enjoy challenge, work hard, persevere and develop creativity in all areas.


Running through our curriculum is the thread of the UNCRC and we are a Rights Respecting School (RRS). All medium term plans refer to the relevant articles of the UNCRC and learning opportunities are built into topics which help children learn to understand and respect these articles.


As a staff community and with input from our Learning Research Group (made up of pupils from Years 4, 5 & 6) we decided upon four key curriculum drivers. All Humanities topics are planned with clear links to these drivers. The four Curriculum Drivers are: Community, Spiritual & Moral, Environment and Understanding & Acceptance. This gives us a common thread across the school and all topic areas.


If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, then please contact the school directly.