At West Hill, Information Communication Technology is used to enhance children’s learning throughout the curriculum. Children are taught to use ICT safely through our e safety programme prescribed by CEOP (Child exploitation and online protection centre).
We understand the importance of teaching children key ICT skills that will enable them to fully use technology in all aspects of their learning.
We are extremely well resourced at West Hill with an exciting new ICT suite, access to ipads for all children along with other hand held technologies. We employ a specialist ICT teacher who ‘team teaches’ with our class teachers from nursery through to year 6.
West Hill is committed to encouraging all children to develop their artistic creativity. Art is primarily taught through enquiry based cross curricular topics but also as a focus for specific projects such as Arts Week. Children are given opportunities to explore a wide range of materials, tools and techniques. Art and design stimulate creativity and imagination enabling children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. At West Hill we aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers with trips to the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and opportunities to participate in workshops held by visiting artists.
West Hill is a multi-faith community in which everyone is expected to listen and respect the thoughts and beliefs of others. We are legally obliged to fulfil the requirements of the Wandsworth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and follow a scheme of work based upon this.
Children are taught about different religions and cultures. They are given opportunities to consider their own responses, the value religion plays in their daily lives aiding in their understanding of the world around them. They are encouraged to develop a sense of morality and know the difference between right and wrong. They are also encouraged to show consideration, care and respect for themselves, others and the environment.
School Standards and Framework Act 1998 states that “the parent of a pupil at a community, foundation or voluntary school has the right to request that the pupil be excused from all or part of the RE provided.However, the right of withdrawal does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects such as history or citizenship. If pupils are withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Pupils would remain on school premises.”
At West Hill history is taught through enquiry based cross curricular topics. This provides children with the opportunity to explore historical topics in depth through research based, collaborative learning. Throughout their learning at West Hill children develop an awareness of the past and how it has shaped our present and future. Learning is further enhanced through regular trips to places of historical interest
Geography is taught through the enquiry based curriculum. Great emphasis is placed on ‘seeing and doing’ and all children regularly participate in trips and outings.
Children are taught about the local and wider environment. They are encouraged to develop awareness of the similarities and differences between our environment and other environments across the world.
They are supported in developing a detailed understanding about the range of wider global issues affecting our world today.
Physical education is a very important and enjoyable part of the curriculum. Not only does it develop children’s physical skills but also broader qualities such as self confidence, self-worth and respect for one another. At West Hill we recognise the importance of physical health and well-being. At least two hours of good quality PE is taught each week.
The school is involved with the Sports Development programme, which has enabled us to develop volleyball, rugby and athletics with the support of qualified coaching.
West Hill takes part in football, cricket and athletics competitions throughout the year. The school has gained the Active Mark Award for its commitment to physical education.
For reasons of hygiene and safety all children must change for PE and they must not wear any jewellery except stud earrings in school. The PE kit is blue shorts/jogging bottoms and a white tee-shirt. This is available from the school office
In Key Stage Two, as part of the National Curriculum, the children undertake swimming lessons. Each year group from 3 to 6 go to the swimming pool, at Southfields Community College, for half a term once a year. Their class teacher accompanies them. A qualified swimming instructor teaches the children.
Design and Technology:
Design and Technology is primarily a practical subject, which requires children to combine thinking and doing skills to design and make products. It is extensively taught as part of the enquiry based curriculum. Children are encouraged to evaluate their work, and suggest improvements that could be made. We use a wide range of materials and equipment to help children to develop their own skills and knowledge in a practical way. We teach children to draw upon these skills and apply them in other curriculum areas, particularly Science, Information Communication Technology, Maths and Art. We create meaningful, relevant and enjoyable activities ranging from making moving vehicles to baking bread. These are designed to help every child think imaginatively, creatively and logically. At West Hill we organise interclass design and make challenges to promote working in teams and problem solving.
We have a wide range of percussion and tuned instruments. Pupils sing together each week. Children are taught to listen actively, compose, refine and perform their own work. In addition to class lessons, we employ two teachers to teach trumpet to Year 4. Additional tutoring is provided to Year 5 & 6 who want to achieve music medals, after school, for a small charge. The school has a choir for children in Year’s 4 to 6. The choir perform at local shopping centres and the local hospital.
West Hill is host to the Wandsworth Centre for Young Musicians. This is a Saturday School where pupils can learn to play an instrument and sing in a choir. Details of how to apply for the Saturday school can be obtained from the office
Physical, Health, Social and Emotional learning – (PHSE) – is a key part of teaching and learning here at West Hill. Pupils engage with a range of activities relating to:
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT - including; growth and personal care,
HEALTH - healthy living and making the right choices with regard to diet and lifestyle,
SOCIAL - developing skills involving communication, listening, sharing and turn taking,
EMOTIONAL LITERACY - developing an understanding of feelings experienced by ourselves and others and the impact these have on our relationships with each other and our learning.
These sessions are taught across the key stages from Early Years to year 6 and build upon the learning that has taken place before for example, learning about our bodies in reception through to puberty in year 6.
Pupils participate in a weekly ‘circle time lesson’ within their class, giving them the opportunity to discuss aspects of the PHSE curriculum and topics relevant to the social and emotional development of the class.
Pupils are given every opportunity to become involved with local, national and global initiatives which enhance their PHSE learning, for example, Junior Citizenship programme run by Wandsworth borough for our year 5 pupils, we take part in the Enabling Enterprise scheme, a national initiative that develops team dynamics and workplace based skills, focusing on communication, presentation and collaborative projects. We are a Rights respecting School and the induction week at the beginning of every school year focuses upon developing class and whole school charters to be referred to throughout the academic year.