“The curriculum is outstanding. At its core is the drive for high academic standards for all pupils. The development of knowledge and understanding goes hand in glove with the planned promotion of skills such as independence, teamwork and thinking skills.” Ofsted 2016
The curriculum is designed to be active, hands-on and memorable. The focus is squarely on learning but learning in a way that is enjoyable, skills-based and driven by the interests of the pupils. Trips, theatre visits, guest speakers and adventure weekends all help to bring the curriculum to life and ensure that children ‘love school’.
Within our curriculum, the teaching of English and Maths is given a high priority. Daily lessons ensure that children develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to play a full and active role in society.
Learning is developed through topics/themes and/or specific subjects. The school’s ‘Curriculum Framework’ has been devised to ensure that key skills and knowledge are taught in a planned and progressive manner.
“Teachers take full advantage of the excellent facilities and resources that the school grounds have to offer. They frequently plan rich and varied opportunities for pupils to learn outdoors.” (Ofsted 2016)
Outdoor learning also takes into account the school’s commitment to Eco issues, and has been developed to include Bush-craft activities. The school is now recognised across the country as a centre of excellence – winner of the Independent Academies Association Best Practice Award for Learning Beyond the Classroom in 2014.
The school’s commitment to outdoor learning and first-hand real-life experiences has major benefits for every child’s development and far outweighs any minor potential risks presented through an activity or within an outdoor environment.
Age appropriately, all our children are directly involved in assessing risks. This heightens their awareness and understanding of risks in their daily lives across a range of environments. In this way, we believe that our children are learning a crucial life skill that will promote safety and wellbeing today and through into adulthood.
At Boston West we aim to develop children as individuals – to develop them physically, mentally, culturally and spiritually but above all we want to develop children who are lifelong learners, able to make a positive contribution to the local and wider community, today and in the future.