It’s all about ‘hands on’ experience in Science at Boston West. The children are encouraged to develop an enquiring mind, to hypothesise, predict and question the world around them. We develop the science curriculum across both key stages in an exciting and stimulating manner, through practical investigations/experiments.
In 2018, we were one of six finalists (from 2000 initial applications) in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. More information here.
Each year group has access to a class set of touch screen/keyboard tablets. This enables Computing focused lessons to take place in the classroom, whilst also facilitating the children’s use of IT at almost any time, for any learning across the curriculum. Every classroom has an interactive touch screen monitor to support teaching and learning. We firmly believe that Computing is a vital life skill. We aim to equip our children with the necessary skills for their future years in an increasingly technological world. The use of Computing as a specific subject is complemented by using Computing skills to support the other curriculum areas. We have a range of other equipment that is available e.g. iPads, webcams, digital cameras and video cameras.
On admission to school, you will be asked to sign our Internet Agreement Policy, giving your child permission to use the internet. As part of the Computing curriculum, the children are also taught how to use the internet safely – E Safety.
Design & Technology
Skills in Design and Technology are developed through ‘hands on’ tasks/projects. Children establish a design brief, gather ideas and complete a series of focused practical tasks in order to give them the necessary skills/knowledge to complete their project. This includes a final evaluation of the finished product, when children think about what worked well and what could be changed. Children engage in projects that involve food technology, textiles, mechanisms, electricity, structures and materials. Cross-curricular links are encouraged to ensure that learning is relevant and meaningful.
PE plays a vitally important part in each child’s development. The key areas of PE – Games, Dance, Gymnastics and Athletics, are taught throughout the year on rotation and the children take part in 2 hours physical exercise each week. The emphasis in all lessons is the acquisition of skills and the improvement of performance. Healthy competition is encouraged, particularly as the children develop their ability to take part in competitive games. The school participates in a number of inter-school sports – football, netball, rounders, cross-country, athletics and cricket are all played competitively against other schools in the area.
Each Summer Term, a traditional Sports’ Day is held, which includes races such as egg and spoon, sack and obstacle. This is an occasion enjoyed by the whole school community with the children being cheered down the track by a large crowd of enthusiastic children, family and friends.
Facilities for PE in the school are very good; there is a large sports field, two playgrounds, a large hall for indoor activities and a studio hall for class dance lessons.
Our curriculum includes practical experiences, which help children explore art materials and techniques to develop skills. Each year children will be involved in a range of art and design activities including observational drawing, painting, pastel work, printing, textiles, clay modelling and 3D construction work. Many of these skills are developed through activities in our wonderful grounds. Children will be helped to develop their knowledge of art forms from different periods and cultures and study different artists’ work to inspire and influence their own pieces of art and design.
In Key Stage 2, the children begin to learn a Modern Foreign Language – French. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
Music is an important part of the curriculum for all classes. The children are involved in many activities, including listening and responding to music from a variety of cultures and periods, playing instruments, singing, writing and performing their own compositions. Children have the opportunity to work individually, in groups, or as a class within a wide range of activities in their classrooms, the Studio Hall and on occasions outdoors.
Peripatetic music teachers attend school each week giving children the opportunity to learn a brass, woodwind, stringed instrument or keyboard. There is a charge for this tuition. Please let us know if you wish your child to be included.
When teaching History, artefacts, museum visits and themed days are used to bring the past to life. Throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children develop a sense of the past and chronology by explaining changes in their own lives and the lives of their family. They will also listen to stories and learn about significant events and famous people. During Key Stage 2 the children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject through studies of local, British, European and World history.
Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Pupils develop their mapping skills and geographical knowledge through studies of the local area, Europe and the wider world. Geography is linked, wherever possible, with other curriculum areas, notably Science. We use a variety of approaches including field trips and visits.
Religious education and collective worship are non-denominational, but mainly Christian in character. Content and approach are based on the “Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education”.
Our principle aims are to help children to grow in awareness and responsibility, whilst developing an appreciation of the needs, customs and beliefs of others in order to assist them in the formation and expression of their own ideas and belief. Children also engage in assemblies, discussion and reflection. These take place as a whole school, as a Key Stage or within class.
NOTE: Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious worship or RE lessons. Should you wish to exercise this right, please contact the Headteacher.
Health and Sex Education
Our programme of Health Education includes:
- The human body – growth, movement and senses, including the processes of breathing, circulation, growth and reproduction for KS2 pupils,
- Personal hygiene,
- Dental care,
- The value of exercise,
- Diet and health,
- The correct use of medicines and the avoidance of harmful substances,
- Awareness of the misuses of tobacco and alcohol.
Specific discussions on puberty and physical changes in boys and girls (Year 5 girls during the Summer Term) are offered in single sex groups. Parental permission is needed for children to attend these sessions.