Whiteways School prides itself on its exciting curriculum that motivates children to learn and give their best.
Our Curriculum has been carefully devised to meet the needs of all learners. It is structured around the development of skills throughout the child’s learning journey. We passionately believe that learning must be full of enjoyment, interest, curiosity
and memorable experiences. We have structured our curriculum around a thematic approach in order to maximise motivation and accelerate progress. Themes for learning change each half term, in order to keep children’s interest high. Each half term the children will take part in an enrichment activity which may include an educational visit or a visitor coming into the school. Visits this year have included The Deep, Thornbridge Outdoor Centre, Graves Park, Cannon Hall Farm, and Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The school federation has its own minibuses, which greatly reduce the cost of educational visits.
We believe that quality learning experiences and excellent teaching and learning opportunities are crucial for children to progress through the National Curriculum expectations and achieve their full potential.
Cookery, learning out of doors, gardening, sewing, pottery, sports, music, swimming and modern foreign languages are an integral part of our curriculum.
The school links closely with a variety of organisations and local businesses within the community, who are all keen to support the school to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of their local area.
Each term parents receive a Newsletter from the class teacher, outlining the learning and National Curriculum coverage that their child will experience. Newsletters also contain information and activities Parents/Carers can support with at home.
Parents/Carers workshops take place regularly. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside your child in their classroom on a specific project.
What we teach...
Early Years and Foundation Stage
Young children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Children in the Foundation Stage work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Learning through play is a crucial part of their development. We provide opportunities for structured play that is supported sensitively by adults.
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Key Stage 1
Wherever possible Literacy and Numeracy are linked directly to our learning themes. On a daily basis children are taught Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics and Reading skills. Our classrooms are organised into key areas of learning. Children are then given opportunities to skills, practise, consolidate & extend their learning to be independant & using exciting resources. As Spanish is taught in Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 are taught basic Spanish words e.g. numbers and colours.
Key Stage 2
Our KS2 curriculum has been sensitively structured to allow maximum coverage through themes that naturally link subjects
together. Our curriculum develops an enjoyment of, and commitment to learning. It encourages the best possible progress &
the highest attainment for all our pupils. It builds on their strengths & interests, allowing confidence to grow through working
callaboratively and independently. We want our children to succeed & feel proud of their achievement. We are committed to enriching children’s learning through educational visits, visitors, themed days and enterprise projects.
Throughout Key Stage 2 children will learn to swim at the local swimming baths. All children learn to play a musical instrument e.g. Violin, Recorder or Clarinet which can be continued into Year 5 and 6. Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2.
Sport & Physical Education
It is our school policy to encourage all children to: -
- Be physically active and enjoy physcial activity.
- Find a sense of achievement and fulfillment from physical activity.
- Develop positive attitudes to exercise such as perserverance, fair play and the ability to cope with sucess and failure.
- Learn how physical activity affects the body.
- Work as a team.
To achieve this we aim for children to: -
- Be involved in P.E lessons delivered by experienced teachers.
- Learn to swim 25m by the time they are 11.
- Be involved in Sports Day in school and other schools.
- Join after school clubs.
It is our aim to meet the needs of every child in our care. This is usually achieved by good quality classroom teaching and excellent relationships between children and adults within the school. For those children who need additional support,
Our Special Needs Coordinator will organise and monitor an individual educational plan. Parents will be invited in to regular meetings to discuss their child’s progress and review the plan.
How we use computers to support learning
We are able to provide excellent ICT facilities using the most up to date hardware and software. We have a dedicated ICT Suite which classes are timetabled to use. Our wireless network allows children safe and secure access to a range of appropriate software. All classrooms have netbooks/laptops, interactive whiteboards, listening stations and digital filming equipment. IPad’s and Kindle’s are also used throughout our school to enhance learning experiences.
The school subscribes to Planet Sherston – a virtual learning environment and Education City, which can be accessed at home as well as school to support your child’s learning.
Please click on the links below to access our assessment system for each year group.