Our Whyteleafe Curriculum

 

Aim High • Be Independent • Enjoy Yourself

September 2014 saw the introduction of a new National Curriculum for England and Wales. Our curriculum, which you can find in various links at the bottom of this page, is derived from this document and enriched to reflect the values that we hold at Whyteleafe.

Our curriculum is balanced and broad and based on our School Vision. It consists of activities designed and encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities in the children.

It includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but also the ‘informal’ programme of extra-curricular activities as well as the features which produce the school’s ethos, such as equality of opportunity, the values shown in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed.

The curriculum is planned by our staff team. The National Curriculum provides a necessary framework and ensures continuity throughout the child’s school life.

Our teaching is child-centred in that our pupils are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We plan learning to interest and excite our children whilst promoting pupil independence so that they want to learn and enjoy their new skills. Success is a firm foundation for future learning and we show due appreciation of their successes.

Within the class our children are planned for to their abilities in the different fields. Our planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils’ talents, skills and abilities.

Class Organisation

Each year group consists of two classes and is organised under the direction of a Teaching and Learning Leader who, in collaboration with the Head and Deputy Head, oversees the curriculum and the quality of its delivery.

Classes in each year cover a similar curriculum – but will have individual delivery depending on teacher personality and class needs. The work is aimed at covering the appropriate attainment targets which are detailed in the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Leaders

Each class teacher is able to teach a broad curriculum including the core subjects. They are supported by the use of specialist curriculum teams who are able to advise and work alongside colleagues within the classroom. Specialist help and advice are also available from supporting consultants, Advisory Teachers and other School Improvement Advisors.

Teaching Assistants

We employ a number of teaching assistants to help and support the work of the class teacher. Teaching assistants help with both individual children and groups; they assist with the general supervision of the children and learning activities.

Subjects

Phonics:  We use letters and sounds for our teaching of phonics across the school.

Please click on the links below for individual subjects:

Art.             Computing.              Design Technology                   Geography.                        History.

Personal Development.           RE.

Whyteleafe Wheel of Learning.