Curriculum Overview



The Department for Education curriculum requirements changed in September 2014.

Each school was required to develop its own curriculum relevant to the needs of its pupils – the School Curriculum. The previous National Curriculum was replaced with new National Curriculum programmes of study for all pupils from Year 1 upwards, which all maintained schools are required to include within the School Curriculum.

The School Curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The National Curriculum forms one part of the School Curriculum.

The introduction to the DfE guidance states:

“Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental & physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities & experiences of later life

The 2014 National Curriculum framework and programmes of study can be downloaded from

Statutory National Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer studies and Design & technology and an additional language is statutory from Year 3 onwards.

In addition, all state schools are required to “make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach RE to pupils at every key stage” and “ to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

West Kirby Primary School Curriculum Rationale

Our School Vision statement summarises our curriculum commitment:-

We aim to create a happy, caring community where all members are included, secure and confident; have an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential and to develop the skills necessary to make a valuable contribution to society; both now and in the future.

We have used our evidence-based knowledge of our school community to construct a 21st Century curriculum designed to meet the needs of our pupils here at West Kirby Primary School.

We have three core themes you will see running through our school curriculum:-

1. Health promotion

Reason: Children need to be and feel healthy and safe in order to learn so this is at the heart of our curriculum. In our locality, medical evidence indicates a need for children to develop resilience and for a focus on developing emotionally literacy and strategies for managing stressful events. Our location, close to the road, railway and open water means it is important for us to teach children how to stay safe in this environment as they become more independent.

2. Eco awareness

Reason: Our school is situated at the heart of West Kirby which is part of the Transition Town movement. Our local community is committed to the conservation of natural resources and to teaching our children how to care for the environment and develop sustainable lifestyles. Our location is beside the Dee Estuary, which is one of the largest and most important wetland sites in the world with the Hilbre Islands nature reserve within walking distance –when the tide is out! As a school, we recognise that we are privileged to have these resources on our doorstep and aim to ensure all of our pupils have the opportunity to experience and learn first-hand about our environment and how to care for the wildlife within it.

3. Global awareness Reason: Reason: We live at the end of a small peninsula with water on three sides which some describe as having an island mentality. In fact, our school community has international links all over the world and at least sixteen different languages are spoken within our school community in West Kirby. Our children tell us they want to learn more about events taking place now and significant events from the past around the world and to learn about different languages and cultures. We want to respond and to promote intellectual curiosity, respect and developing knowledge and awareness of our world and the people in it.

We are committed to meeting the new curriculum requirements from September and aim for our curriculum to be enjoyable, exciting and to engender a passion for learning.

We are committed to achieving excellence in all areas of the curriculum. In addition to the statutory subjects, we also teach Personal, Social, Health & Economic education (PSHE), Sex and Relationship Education(SRE)

In response to parent and pupil feedback, we have also reviewed our approach to homework, which can be found detailed under the section entitled “Home learning”

Curriculum Planning at West Kirby Primary School

The new National Curriculum provides with an outline of the knowledge, skills and understanding we are required to cover.

  • We ensure we are covering the National Curriculum requirements as set out in the programmes of study for each subject.
  • We follow the Wirral agreed syllabus for religious Education
  • We use the Letters and Sounds programme as the basis for our phonics teaching in phase groups across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
  • We use the SEAL programme as the basis for our PHSE curriculum
  • We choose to deliver much of this through creative, cross-curricular themes to maximise relevance and both broaden and deepen the understanding and interest of our pupils.
  • We link subjects to our themes wherever this is possible and where it is not, we teach subject areas discretely and capitalise on the specialist skills and talents of our staff.

School Organisation

We have mixed age classes across our school and organise our classes in four phases:-

1. Foundation Stage: F1 and F2 pupils in two mixed-age classes

2. Key Stage One: Year 1 and Year 2 pupils across three classes

3. Lower Key Stage 2: Year 3 and Year 4 pupils across three classes

4. Upper Key Stage 2: year 5 and Year 6 pupils across three classes

Our staff within each of these phase groups plan together to meet the needs of the pupils across two school year groups so you will find our curriculum information arranged in these phase groups rather than individual year groups.

Within this, we will ensure that all pupils cover the relevant curriculum content over the two years in that phase.

Please click on the key stage tabs to see our Curriculum overviews and planning for each Key Stage.

Policy links- these documents may be downloaded under the Policies and Procedures tab on our school website:

Teaching and Learning Policy

SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)Policy

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Policy

For more information, please contact the school office or please contact the class teacher via the Key Stage email addresses