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11/01/21

Retweeted From Grace Copsey

Last week was the first week back learning from home and continuing this week. I am so impressed with and my sons teacher Mrs Sharp 5S! Her lessons have been brilliant with teaching all the children, really engaging and full of praise! Well done and thank you!

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08/01/21

Retweeted From John Williams

Positive messages from parents re our home learning have been the fillip that we have all needed at the end of a tough week.Staff,parents & children have come together brilliantly - I couldn’t be more proud

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06/01/21

Good morning. The combination of snow and rain has made the school site very slushy. Wrap up warm and stay safe coming in.

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04/01/21

Retweeted From Marden Lodge

There is a problem with Parentmail at the moment. To clarify Marden Lodge will be closed to all children tomorrow. More details about Wednesday 6 January to follow tomorrow .

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04/01/21

Unfortunately, the communication we sent out earlier to parents is not sending on parent mail. Please find a link to the letter here: https://t.co/jKtVwPrkKi

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01/01/21

Retweeted From John Williams

Great opportunity to join our teaching team in 1 of these 4 amazing schools https://t.co/8uQsJC2ro4

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17/12/20

Retweeted From John Williams

A big thank you to all of the families across the Chalklands schools for your support this term in helping us keep everyone safe. Have a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. 🎄

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17/12/20

We’re feeling festive at Whyteleafe today with a special visit from Santa https://t.co/dvHYsxHrey

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09/11/20

Please click the following link to watch our virtual school tour. https://t.co/KkKMXXBWJl https://t.co/d5QBKaTu7g

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08/11/20

Remembrance Sunday at St Luke’s https://t.co/VuQBVuByo8

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06/11/20

Retweeted From Sharon

your colourful sparkly firework outfits were such fun today! https://t.co/7ZoG8cC97T

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06/11/20

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

Campfire croissants with year 4, tastes like real croissant! https://t.co/SDRp89MFb6

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27/10/20

Retweeted From John Williams

A reminder that the Westway https://t.co/EuU2V5RNHa are offering a food box to those who are eligible for free school meals. To access this, contact the Westway directly where your request will be dealt with confidentially on 01883347230. They will arrange a drop off to you.

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26/10/20

Retweeted From Emma Louise Skipper

For those who want to donate to this initiative, then you can do so via the Westway website.  The homepage has a “donate” button and accepts all major credit and debit cards.  You can also arrange to drop off donations directly with the centre.   https://t.co/7hYcJJKA0G

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26/10/20

Retweeted From Emma Louise Skipper

From Monday, the Westway Caterham, will be offering a food box to those who are eligible for free school meals. To access this contact the Westway directly where your request will be dealt with confidentially on  01883 347 230.They will arrange a drop off to you.

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23/10/20

Retweeted From Sharon

Wishing everyone a great half term! https://t.co/uQFjY4w9pY

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23/10/20

Retweeted From John Williams

A big thank you to all of the families across the 4 Chalklands schools for their support throughout this challenging half term - it is very much appreciated! Have a great half term

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20/10/20

Retweeted From John Williams

Excellent PD session this evening on the importance of getting the delivery of PD right, with the Chalklands leadership team - led by the inspirational

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08/10/20

Take a look at Year 4’s Gallery of Greatness! Can you see anyone you recognise? https://t.co/Nsp9rrXHSG

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08/10/20

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

Our first session of forest school with the Nursery children from Rainbow class this morning. We enjoyed the lovely weather, climbing the muddy hill, searching for minibeasts and climbing trees. https://t.co/70D64dRiN1

Art

 

At Whyteleafe, we are committed to providing all children, from Early Years to Year 6, with opportunities to engage, express themselves and succeed in art.  We aim to enable children to achieve high standards through a creative and enriching curriculum that provides a means of expression for all children. Our art curriculum allows children to explore, build on and record their own creative imaginative ideas.  Art also supports the development of motor-skills, language skills, social skills, risk taking and inventiveness whilst helping to develop creative problem-solving skills.

Through our skills-based curriculum, children are developing their confidence and imagination.  They are taught the skills to use visual language to explore line, shape, pattern, colour and texture.  We provide our children with opportunities to improve their oracy skills within the art curriculum through our exhibitions which require children to orally present an explanation of their artwork and the skills involved.  Children also have the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas. We also use artwork to develop inference skills within reading. Art provides challenge for all learners at all levels through extension and self-selection of skills and techniques for a specific purpose.  Through art, children are able to gain a different perspective and see things through other people’s eyes, allowing children to connect with their own culture and with the wider world.

Prior learning is built upon year on year and children are encouraged to share knowledge and skills they already have when revisiting topics.  Each year group studies a number of artists. These artists are suited to the specific skills that are taught in that year group and, where possible, link to topics in other subjects.  Children in Year 5 and 6 have opportunities to self-select artists that they are inspired by and would like to learn more about. These artist studies provide opportunities for discussion and appreciation of art.

A child’s picture is his or her own. It has worth in its own right, without having to be measured or judged by others as right or wrong. The child has the authority to say what the picture is of, or what it communicates, building up their confidence and self-esteem.

As a school, we recognise that displaying the children’s creations is an important part of the artistic process.  Therefore, we have a dedicated space for children in all year groups to showcase their work. Children are proud of their work and look forward to seeing what is on display.

Our art leaders (selected children from years 3-6) have a real passion for this subject and support teachers with resourcing lessons and help select art for the Art Gallery and exhibitions.  

At Whyteleafe, we are fortunate to have a space within the school dedicated to art and DT.  The Art Studio is available for small groups of children to take part in additional art activities to develop their art techniques further.  Parent volunteers share their artistic talents with the children to create large, eye-catching pieces of art that decorate the communal areas of the school building.

By the end of Year 6, we aim for all children to have mastered techniques in all areas of the curriculum and have a deep understanding of a range of artists throughout history.