The Sheerness West Federation situated in North-East Kent, comprises of Rose Street and West Minster Primary Schools.
Ofsted inspection in April 2017 judged Rose Street to be “Good” in April 2017. The school is in an area ranked 3rd most deprived in Kent. This is reflected in the Pupil Premium percentage, which is well above the National Average, currently standing at approximately 57% (ever 6).
We have a strong family ethos across our Federation with kind, thoughtful and hardworking children. All staff are dedicated to providing a broad, inclusive and engaging curriculum that develops the whole child. We strive to encourage children to be curious about the world in which they live.
At Sheerness West Federation, we teach a curriculum that is stimulating and thought provoking. Consequently, within the classrooms, you will find children who are independently engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of essential knowledge, basic skills, concepts and values with a vision to prepare our students for life beyond school, whilst ensuring that enough time is devoted to the teaching of music, sport and art and thus developing the holistic child.
This approach creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement, and develops student’s social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives. We strive to ensure that our curriculum and its implementation must develop pupils who are enquiring, resilient, independent and have high aspirations to ensure they are well-prepared for the next phase of their education.
Our local area provides a rich resource for teaching our curriculum, giving opportunities to discover the history and sense of community of our island. By the time our pupils leave us, they will have explored local places of historical interest; Minster Abbey and Gatehouse Museum, Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities, Blue Town Heritage Centre, the history of The Montgomery, Queenborough Castle remains, Shurland Hall and the Dockyard but to name a few. We also expect our children to have a good understanding of History, culture and Geography beyond the Isle of Sheppey to enable them to have a wider understanding of the world.
Our curriculum aims to include all children, regardless of their age, gender, individual circumstances or academic ability. This development has been shared and driven by our subject leaders, based on their passions within areas of the curriculum and are taking responsibility for overseeing this. Each subject is planned to ensure children are building on prior knowledge whilst preparing them for the future.
At SWF you will see a broad and balanced, cross curriculum which allows children to make links between subjects and allows for knowledge to be revisited, this is reflected in our learning journals. Our curriculum is under constant review in response to our children’s needs.
We carefully consider, through regular staff and smaller team meetings, how our curriculum will meet the needs of all our pupils, changing the content to focus on specific knowledge and key skills or to make the learning accessible to our pupils’ range of abilities and interests.
The children participate in hook days to introduce topics, themed weeks and other exciting activities to engage and excite them about their learning.
The impact of our curriculum can be seen through the topics staff have decided to teach. Through the lessons taught children learn various skills and acquire knowledge through the curriculum content taught. Our curriculum has an impact because it is often based on the needs of the children and therefore our children are engaged in the topics taught.
Our pupils also demonstrate the impact of our curriculum through their behaviour for learning; children are confident and successful learners. Leading Learners/ Ambassadors EPIC – support pupils which helps to build relationships across the school community. SWF pupils feel motivated and are not afraid of ‘having a go’. They enjoy sharing their learning with each other and visitors.
Visitors to SWF often comment on the behaviour of the children. They are caring and supportive of each other. Our pupils have a voice and know they are not too young to make a difference. The school council/eco-friendly initiatives the schools have recently adopted came from the children’s own ideas. Soon, they are to become the voice of their peers and put ideas forward on how they feel the term’s topic has gone and whether any changes need to be made for the following year.
In Rose Street 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. 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.
Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)
The aims of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at our school are to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
- Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships generally
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
- Ensure that the School’s Associated Values are linked to RSE
For more information, please look at our Relationships and Sex Education Policy.
More information about the school curriculum can be found in the Curriculum by Year Group Section
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