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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.

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)

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 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. We will be travelling back in time and experiencing life during wartime Britain. Details of trips have already been sent home: We will be evacuated by steam train to live in the countryside during October to explore the upheaval of war. Our topic will conclude with a celebration of our learning in our 'Make Do and Mend' Festival at the end of term.

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.