Whitehall Primary School Curriculum Intent (September 2019)
The children in our school reflect our diverse city and bring a wealth of different life experiences to share. Our aim is to harness and develop children’s interests, skills and knowledge of the World and to teach a curriculum that extends and broadens this, ensuring that all groups of children are successful learners in all areas of school life. The context of our school community has supported how we have crafted our curriculum. Underpinning our curriculum are 4 key themes that permeate the curriculum content and approaches to teaching and learning:
- High quality curriculum in all subject areas: At Whitehall Primary School, we have designed a curriculum which provides children with exposure to a curriculum of the highest quality in all subject areas and therefore plan coherent sequences of teaching and learning in all subjects. Our aim is for our children to leave Whitehall with an interest in all aspects of the World around them and with the skills and confidence to succeed and flourish whilst at our school and in their next phase of learning and beyond. We believe children have the right to excellent learning experiences across all subject areas and as we value our children as individuals, we recognise the importance of giving them the opportunity to discover strengths and interests.
- Communication and language development: A key element that transcends our broad and rich curriculum is the development of communication and language skills, reading and writing. We ensure English is embedded across our whole curriculum enabling children to practice and apply skills in meaningful contexts which ensures a deeper level of learning and understanding. Our termly themes of learning, make connections across the curriculum and harnesses our English scheme of work as a basis for both the application of skills and contexts for speaking, reading and writing.
- Personal and emotional development and wellbeing: Personal, Social and Emotional and Health (PSHE) education is woven through our whole curriculum and underpins our approach to teaching. We know that our children learn best when they are confident and happy. We work as a whole school team to develop our children as resilient learners, and therefore PSHE is taught weekly and discretely in all classes as well as an approach to developing our children social and emotional wellbeing throughout the school day. Understanding the emotional development and needs of our children drives our approach to promoting positive behaviours
- Interest, fun and motivation: The curriculum at Whitehall provides opportunities for our children to learn through a wide range of first hand experiences. We plan trips within our local area and beyond as well as school based enrichment events and special days that inspire and motivate children’s interest to learn. Through these carefully planned experiences the curriculum becomes more ‘real’ and links between learning within different subjects can be meaningfully made. We want school to be fun for children and the variety of learning opportunities and experiences helps maintain and grow enthusiasm and interest.
Our curriculum is based upon termly ‘Topics’ for each year group.
Through careful planning, the curriculum topics enables our children to apply and practise skills and knowledge across all subject areas.
Within the specific subject schemes of work, we ensure that there are coherent sequences of children and that there is clear progression of learning across the whole school.
Please see our separate whole curriculum documents for detail for the year for the whole school. Year group topic overviews are available on the Year Group website pages.
Whole School Topic Map 2019-20