Art and Design – Ms Helen Gregory & Mrs Debbie Martin
At West Kidlington, children are given opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We use art and design to stimulate ideas and creativity as it provides a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Often, children will use art in other curriculum subjects to enhance their learning.
Art for most children is a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and clay. We promote the necessary skills for our children to develop their natural ability to be expressive and creative and we aim to instil pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard.
The work of the pupils may be displayed on the classroom walls, around school in communal areas or exhibited at other locations within Kidlington such as Exeter Hall or annually at Kidlington Flower Festival.
Design and Technology – Ms Helen Gregory & Mrs Debbie Martin
Geography – Mrs Katie Whale
The study of geography involves children and young people in exploring the relationship and interactions between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they depend. Many of the children who now attend West Kidlington will live to see the next century and live in a world of 11 billion people. The many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be inherently geographical. From adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change to predicting natural hazards to understanding the causes and effects of population migration, our children will need to know about geography and think like geographers.
The aims of teaching Geography at West Kidlington are:
- To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
- To increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country;
- To allow children to learn geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps, understand compass directions, navigate atlases, and use simple GIS (Geographical Information Systems).
- To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
- To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means;
- To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Indeed, at West Kidlington we are moving towards an ‘Enquiry based’ Geography curriculum where children use their critical thinking skills to investigate a ‘Big Question’ such as “How do volcanoes affect the lives of people on Hiemaey?” This investigative approach will allow for a progression of skills across the Key Stages where children are increasingly able to move from recognising, describing and observing in Key Stage 1 to analysing, synthesising and evaluating in Key Stage 2.
History – Mrs Zenna Nowell
History is often a main subject focus and driving force for termly topics at West Kidlington Primary. We see the teaching of history to be a much more than just learning facts. History is an opportunity to develop the skills of enquiry and questioning; to become “historical detectives” and explore the past in an exciting way.
Through history, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed. They learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today.
We aim to provide first hand experiences with artefacts, role play, workshops, class trips and visiting experts playing an important part in our teaching and learning. Children are taught how to investigate and record their findings in interesting and creative ways including writing, art, drama and ICT.
Modern Foreign Languages
Primary pupils are the ideal age for learning a foreign language, able to soak up bits of vocabulary and mimic pronunciation that some of us struggle with in later years! Through activities such as games, close listening and repeating, conversation, and songs, children get the chance to learn Spanish (KS1) and French (KS2) during their time at West Kidlington. They also have the opportunity to join clubs in both languages at lunchtime or after school with La Jolie Ronde.
Music – Mrs Emma Orton
We offer a wide range of musical opportunities at West Kidlington.
In year 3, all children learn how to play recorders with their class teachers. In year 4, all children learn an instrument – currently violin or cello – with a music teacher from the Oxfordshire Music Service. In year 5 and 6, all children sing in a chamber choir led by our fantastic singing teacher, Jenni Matthews.
Optional opportunities include the “Play On” scheme for children who want to continue with their instrument after year 4. There are also guitar and drum lessons led by a qualified teacher.
Mrs Orton leads an after school choir that performs both in and outside and school. The WK choir is open to all children in year 4, 5 and 6. A choir of years 5 and 6 children also take part in the Young Voices concerts each year – so far we have sung at the O2 Arena and the LG Arena!
We also have a range of instruments that can be used for in class music lessons. These include African drums, glockenspiels, ukuleles, shakers, xylophones, tambourines, whackers, triangles and many more. Composition is an important part of the music curriculum and teachers encourage children to explore with instruments, allowing children to find the fun in music without being restricted to right and wrong.
We love music at West Kidlington, and try and incorporate it into many areas of our school life!
Outdoor Education Visit Coordinator – Miss Claire Finnemore
PE – Ms Caroline Wright
Our Physical Education Mission Statement:
‘Our vision at West Kidlington Primary School is to ensure all children enjoy physical education and sport. Through physical education and sport we aim to improve health and well being, to promote active participation and lifelong learning and for each child to fulfill their potential.’
PE is an important part of life at West Kidlington! Every child receives two hours a week of high quality PE teaching. We also have a full and varied extra-curricular sporting programme, including clubs such as street hockey, couch potato to 5K and many more. You can find out when these clubs take place by visiting our website calendar.
We regularly take part in a variety of sporting competitions. Please visit out Sports News page to find out more about what events are going on around school.
PSHE – Mrs Emma Orton
Jigsaw PSHE Curriculum
RE – Mrs Helen Longhurst
RE offers children the opportunity to learn about religions and beliefs which have influenced the lives of millions of people and heavily influenced the development of different human cultures, and to learn more about themselves and their place in the world from their academic and creative exploration of religions and beliefs. This learning is built on through investigation of artifacts, drama, art, music and discussion.
In Foundation Stage and KS1, children learn about Christianity and Judaism; in KS2, children learn about Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Throughout their time at school they may also draw on other religions or beliefs to help build a broader understanding of the world around them. RE teaching at West Kidlington also provides opportunities to promote SMSC development, as well as moral, spiritual and cultural development, citizenship, tolerance and other vital skills for pupil’s lives.