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We Learn in so Many Different Ways......

Our Approach

Our purpose is to promote pupil independence, resilience and ownership of learning. We develop each child as a confident, effective and reflective learner for life.

Throughout the school pupils and staff hold weekly meetings to set new steps in learning and review progress made. This is collated in the pupil's own Learning Journey. Learning journeys show evidence from across the curriculum to support their work towards these targets.


Our Curriculum 

Our vibrant curriculum covers all aspects of the National Curriculum, introduced in September 2014.

We learn through whole school topics and work indoors, outdoors and off site so that learning is not segmented into subjects or just at school. Instead, pupils apply their knowledge, skills and ideas to all experiences. You can find out more about the curriculum we follow by clicking the link below.

For details of our curriculum, delivered through topics, please click here.



Children learn phonics (letter sounds) in short, regular sessions of Jolly Phonics in Key Stage 1.



West Heslerton does not follow any set reading scheme but has a range of books, both fiction and non-fiction covering a range of genre and subjects. These books are graded according to the level of challenge they present and matched to each child's reading age and level of maturity. This way, children experience lots of different characters, layouts, styles and authors. Books are changed daily or as required. 


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)

It was great to welcome parents to our SPaG event in school in February. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are important aspects of our language. Understanding these terms is often tricky for adults who have not always been taught this. The following documents may help you to understand your child's work. Please ask at school for any clarification.

To view the SPaG presentation, please click here.

To see the standards expected in each year group, click here.

To test yourself at Year 2 standard, click here.

To test yourself at Year 6 standard, click here.

For a print out of a parent's guide to SPaG, click here.



West Heslerton pupils develop very secure calculation skills through Big Maths.

For information upon this, please click here.

To access sheets for you child to use at home, please click here.

For help with definitions and terms used in maths, please use these links


Forest Schools

For details of our outdoor learning, click here.

To see photos of some of our recent Forest School activities, please click here.


Our Current Topic  

Our Autumn Term Topic is 'Jurassic Coast'. We will be travelling back in time and studying the earth in the time of dinosaurs or early man. Details of trips have already been sent home: Younger learners will be developing knowledge of geology and fossil hunting, Older pupils will be surviving in the woods to experience the challenges early man faced. Our topic will conclude with a celebration of our learning, details to follow.

Our Summer Term topic was "Cultural Connections'. We launched our topic with a whole school trip to Hull, to explore the old city and newer architecture. We visited Thirsk to find out about where our food comes from and to explore a market town. Our wonderful landing was a village fete to celebrate food links from Europe. See our Gallery page for trip photos.

For details of our current and most recent topics, please see the tab labelled ' Letters Home'. These letters update families upon how our topic has developed and what exciting things we've discovered each week!

Further Information

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of our curriculum, please contact school. A member of staff will be happy to talk you through any of the above information and answer any questions you may have.