The basics of reading, writing and arithmetic are the core skills at the heart of any primary school curriculum.
At Westclyst Community Primary School, however, this national curriculum is extended with the use of technology. The children learn to program computers, edit video, speak confidently in front of a TV camera and communicate effectively across a variety of different channels.
The breadth of the curriculum includes all of the different subjects, interests and skills the school will teach the children. However, there is real depth to it, to ensure that the children are able to use and apply the knowledge they learn to solve real problems. In addition, each child has a personalised curriculum that addresses his/her individual needs. The aim is to deliver well-rounded children who have not just a good knowledge, but also excellent skills that will allow them to become citizens in a future generation.
The children are also given opportunities to sing, play a musical instrument, sail a boat, ride a bike and many other activities, ensuring that the requirements of the national curriculum will be fulfilled an innovative, relevant, exciting and dynamic way.
Head teacher Jonathan Bishop explains:
'We provide a curriculum that inspires and engages children so that they want to come to school every morning, because they love the opportunities and they are engrossed in learning - that's what every parent wants.'