Our curriculum is designed to be active, hands-on and memorable. The focus is squarely on learning but learning in a way that is enjoyable and driven by the interests of the pupils. Trips, theatre visits, guest speakers and adventure weekends all help to bring the curriculum to life and ensure that children love school.
There are four key drivers in our curriculum. They are:
- learning beyond the classroom (outdoor learning) - this is because we want to provide our children with safe and varied outdoor experiences which they might not access elsewhere. There are also health benefits and opportunities to self-assess risk whilst learning outside.
- the arts - this is because we want to provide our children with rich cultural opportunities relating to the arts. Boston has been identified as an area where people's involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.
- sport and physical development - this is because Boston has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity in the country. We want to promote healthy living, including a love of sport and physical exercise, with our children.
- language development and vocabulary - this is because we want to promote a word-rich environment in which children can develop their use of language and increase their vocabulary.
Within our curriculum, the teaching of English and mathematics is given a high priority. Daily lessons ensure that children develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to play a full and active role in society.
Learning is developed through topics and/or specific subjects. The school’s curriculum framework has been devised to ensure that knowledge and key skills are taught in a coherent, well-planned and progressive manner.
The school’s commitment to outdoor learning and first-hand real-life experiences has major benefits for every child’s development. Outdoor learning opportunities have been developed over many years and the school is recognised across the country as a centre of excellence.
Age appropriately, all our children are directly involved in assessing risks. This heightens their awareness and understanding of risks in their daily lives across a range of environments. In this way, we believe that our children are learning a crucial life skill that will promote safety and well-being today and through into adulthood.
At Boston West Academy we aim to develop children as individuals – physically, mentally, culturally and spiritually but above all as lifelong learners, able to make a positive contribution to the local and wider community, today and in the future.