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. These form the foundations of our curriculum and permeate all aspects of school:
Learning beyond the classroom (outdoor learning)
We provide our children with safe and varied outdoor experiences which they might not access at home or elsewhere. Outdoor learning provides health benefits and opportunities to self-assess risk. As well as this, it promotes well-being, collaboration, a connection to nature and a greater level of enjoyment and motivation.
Boston has been identified as an area where community involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. We provide our children with rich cultural opportunities relating to the arts. Our children express their creativity through the arts in all its forms.
Physical development and sport
Boston has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity in the country. We encourage healthy living and active learning beyond the classroom. We promote a love of sport and physical exercise which supports children’s learning and well-being.
Language development and vocabulary
Nationally, there is evidence of a "vocabulary gap" between children on-entry to school. In order to close this gap and to promote a love of reading and writing, we provide a word-rich environment, with a focus on key words in all subjects, so that 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.