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.

Pupils and staff across the school set next steps in learning and review progress towards these steps. This is recorded by learners and staff in pupils’ books with 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.


Children learn phonics (letter sounds) in short, regular sessions of Letters and Sounds 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.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)


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

Big Maths

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



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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.

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