It is an exciting time to be in education as we are experiencing an era of fundamental changes in learning. The provision of a broad and balanced curriculum alone, is no longer enough to equip pupils for their future lives. It is now essential to provide pupils of all abilities with the habits, skills and confidence to learn, constructively question and relearn, throughout their lives.
We need to encourage and enable our pupils to play a much greater role in their own learning and to teach them how to learn. The Globalisation of today’s society brings advantages and disadvantages to those who live and work in it. Future societies are going to need informed, independent, highly skilled, flexible learners, employees, employers and citizens. All pup ils who come to Sheerness West Federation, whether they choose to remain in Sheerness for the rest of their lives or whether they move further afield, will be part of that society. We therefore have a clear duty and responsibility to meet the needs of all pupils to prepare them not just for their own futures, but for their role in becoming the caretakers of the World for the generations that follow them.
I am confident that with the support and help of staff, pupils, parents and the wider Sheerness West Federation Community, we can continue to make great strides towards achieving the highest possible standards of teaching, learning and care to best equip our pupils for their current and future lives. Our mission statement at Sheerness West is “Dreams can com e true if you have a positive view” and we will therefore strive to provide the very best provision and curriculum offer for all to ensure that their dreams do actually become a reality
How to get the curriculum
An overview of the curriculum is laid out on here however if you would like to find out more about this please do not hesitate to speak to any of our teaching staff who can give you an overview of their curriculum web for each term and will be more than happy to go through how this will look within the classroom.
Phonics at West Minster
In West Minster we believe in the power of phonics. Phonic sessions are timetabled daily from nursery all the way through to year 2. From year 3 onwards children can have phonic interventions if required.
We start the process using Blast to immerse the children in sounds of the environment and then move onto the Letter and Sounds programme. We also complement this by using Ruth Miskin letter rhymes. Through EYFS and key stage one the children are set in small groups allowing them to make good progress and receive the relevant teaching for them.
To maintain a high level of presentation throughout the school we use the cursive programme of letter join.