Since the launch of the new national curriculum in 2014, we at Waterside have worked tirelessly to design and deliver an engaging curriculum that ensures children leave our school with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful within the next phase of their learning and development.
We intend to, and indeed do, deliver a curriculum that helps children to understand the world around them, both here in Welwyn Garden City in Herts but also within the wider world.
We are passionate about enhancing the future opportunities that our young learners will have in life.
Some of our young learners will eventually go on to study at world-leading universities, some will work wonderfully within the creative industries and others may be destined for careers in financial services. Whatever our future leaders choose to pursue, we are driven in the knowledge that they leave us with the ability to 'do things' to a very good standard but also 'know things' that help with that journey.
In addition to the skills and knowledge our children gain from our curriculum planning we are also very proud to consistently develop our learners' 'cultural capital' through the strategic implementation of enrichment opportunities such as day trips away from the main school site and facilitating visitors here as well.
This way we know that today's learning really does prepare our children for, but also vastly improves, tomorrow's world!
Waterside Academy is committed to promoting British Values. To see how the National Curriculum understands British Values, please click here
Our curriculum has these values embedded within it. Every term we review what has been taught to identify which values are well represented and where we need to strengthen the teaching. Please click here.
We are also a 'Rights Respecting' School - one that works hard to ensure our children both learn about and enjoy their rights, as laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We pro-actively teach our learners about their rights and about how to help other children enjoy their rights - thus improving the culture and behaviour seen around school.
Our curriculum at Waterside Academy meets all the requirements of the National Curriculum and was recently completely reviewed and strengthened to ensure it meets the needs of the children..
Reading and Writing:
Reading and writing are not separate energies - reading is breathing in and writing is breathing out
Teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These key skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.
Reading and writing are both two part processes: readers decode and comprehend, writers create and encode. In one respect, decoding and encoding are the ‘mechanical’ skills that children need to master in order to be able to comprehend what they read and write creatively. Research has shown that by teaching phonics thoroughly and rigorously to children, we can ensure that they use this knowledge to decode effortlessly and automatically. This means all energy can be focused on understanding and enjoying what is read and on composing and creating fantastic writing.
Please click the links below for our long term plans for each subject.
In EYFS at Waterside we meet the requirements of the EYFS Statutory Framework as well as embedding the 'Fundamental British Values' through a child centred approach to teaching and learning.
For the EYFS long term overview please click here.
Should you require any more information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.