The curriculum at West Didsbury CE combines high standards with a broad, rich and creative curriculum. There is continuity and progression, challenge and pace. We are passionate about bringing learning to life for all children and engaging them academically, emotionally, physically and socially in contexts which have a real meaning and purpose.
Our expectation is that pupils will make significant progress in all subjects but also develop a passion for learning, discovering their own individual strengths and talents through the opportunities that we provide. To that end, in addition to academic, sporting and cultural and social opportunities, the performing arts play an important part of the curriculum in every year group.
Staff work in and across year group teams to plan a comprehensive, cohesive curriculum which is enriched with a broad range of learning opportunities, designed to challenge the most able and those with special needs. Children will have the opportunity to imagine, question, reason, choose, observe, experience, explain, test, estimate, problem-solve, deduce, hypothesise, evaluate and record.
Curriculum enrichment is essential part of learning at our school. We plan numerous visits to bring learning to life. Theatre companies, artists, sports coaches and people with passion and expertise support us in delivering an inspiring curriculum. This is delivered creatively through termly topics that engage the learner through exciting content and enrichment opportunities.
Our modern learning environment and excellent ICT facilities provide our pupils with experiences and skills suitable for the 21st century, allowing us to incorporate new technologies into our learning and teaching. From the EYFS to Y4 children have the opportunity to incorporate ICT into all aspects of their learning. Smart screens, visualisers, cameras, ipads, tablets and computers are integral to learning and teaching in our school.
Additionally, we aim to provide a curriculum and experiences which develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing and promote a sound understanding of the human/British values of democracy, government, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. These values are embedded, together with our Christian vision of Belonging, Believing, Becoming, within curriculum, assemblies and PHSE sessions, ensuring that our pupils develop tolerance, respect, courtesy and consideration for others regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture or belief and are fully prepared for modern life.