The curriculum consists of all those activities designed or encouraged within our organisational framework to promote the intellectual, personal, spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of the pupils.This school follows the Early Learning Goals in the Early Years (Foundation Stage) with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils following the New National Curriculum.(For a more detailed look at the new curriculum follow the link below)
The curriculum subjects involved in each year group include the core subjects, English, Maths, Science and Computing and seven foundation subjects, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education Modern Foreign Languages & Design Technology.
The teaching of these subjects and cross curricular issues such as Health Education,Environmental Education and Citizenship as well as multi cultural Education, ensure that every child receives the broad and balanced education that he or she is entitled to. We use a variety of teaching methods in school teaching the whole class,groups of children or individual one to one sessions. We believe that children learn best when teachers employ a combination of different approaches in their teaching. These approaches are influenced by the subject matter, the skills the teacher most wishes to highlight at the time and the age and ability of the child.
Similarly, with the content of lessons we teach both individual subjects and cross curricular topics. At Whitefield Community Primary School we approach our teaching and the children’s learning by having a broad and balanced curriculum, taking into account the individual needs of each child, emphasising the key skills of reading, writing and number, offering a variety of experiences, using an active and practical approach in class, having high expectations, valuing the children, their culture, language and enthusiasm, recording progress and reporting this to parents. The use of technology enhances the quality of teaching and learning. The teachers meet regularly to discuss the planning and delivery of the curriculum. Regular assessments, particularly in English/Maths/Science subjects, are carried out to monitor the progress of the pupils as well as adapting the curriculum if required.
The curriculum includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but also the‘informal’ programme of extra-curricular activities as well as all those features which produce the school’s ‘ethos’. These will include the quality of relationships, the concern for equality of opportunity, the values exemplified in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed. Teaching and learning styles strongly influence the curriculum and, in practice, they cannot be separated from it.
It is vital in the process of education that the children should have experiences of different personalities and different relationships.
Language plays a vital part in the development of our children. Without it communication is virtually impossible. We want our children to speak fluently, to listen carefully and to be able to read and write confidently. Reading is essential to all other subjects in school and a child who learns to love books will hold the key to an endless supply of knowledge and pleasure. Please do everything you can to encourage your child; read to them and hear them read throughout their time at school. We use different approaches to reading, which include ‘look and say’. The children are taught sounds (phonics) and follow reading schemes which will develop their reading abilities. We hope that when children leave us, they can read with fluency and understanding from a variety of sources, but most of all that they enjoy reading. Our children will experience different kinds of writing: stories, poems, letters, personal writing, historical, geographical or scientific forms of grammar. We hope that when the children leave us they can write legibly for different audiences, in a variety of formats using correct punctuation and accurate spelling.
We follow the Wordsmith Scheme of work to plan and assess English - for more information click the link below.
We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme. Please click the link below for more information.
Maths is important for our everyday lives. It is also enjoyable and exciting. Our teaching is based on a broad, structured and practical approach. The children are taught to develop an understanding of mathematical ideas and skills, such as reasoning, thinking, estimating and problem solving, and to acquire the necessary language. This is achieved through a variety of practical tasks and experiences. Our children learn about; number, including the ‘four rules’ and time tables; shape and space, measure, algebra and handling data. Mental arithmetic, the use of calculators and computers all play an important part in the children’s mathematical development. Most importantly, these skills are applied in practical ways to solve real problems. We hope that our children will develop a positive attitude to mathematics.
We follow the Abacus Scheme of work to teach and assess Maths - for more information click the link below.
Science is all around us and the children learn by exploring and investigating their world and developing enquiring minds. We offer our children appropriate experiences for their level of development, from performing simple experiments with magnets and circuits to examining living things such as plants,animals, insects and themselves.
We follow the Science Bug Scheme of work to teach and assess science - for more information click the link below.
The children are introduced to the use of the computer from the Early Years. An important aspect of ICT is computer use which will help the children to work in and understand our ever increasing technological world. A computer suite has been developed within the school and further computers, PCs, laptops and tablets plus digital overhead projectors and interactive whiteboards in every classroom have further enhanced the ICT capabilities and skills of the pupils. We follow the Bury Primary Learning Collaborative Scheme of Work.
Children are given opportunities to design and make objects for a purpose, for example, from a simple birthday card to a working model.
HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY
Through teaching children History and Geography we help them to find out about their world and the people in it, both past and present. The content of what we teach is laid down by the National Curriculum and we integrate these two, where possible, within a planned topic.
ART, MUSIC and DRAMA
These subjects are an important part of our curriculum and necessary to complete a child’s all roundeducation. In Art, the children are not only given opportunities to develop their artistic skills and talent in using different media, but also to appreciate the work of well known artists. Through Drama, the children are encouraged to become more self confident. Every child will be given an opportunity to take part in a school production and to take advantage of learning an instrument through the Bury Music Service.
Physical Education covers the areas of dance, gymnastics, games, swimming and outdoor education. The children are taught to develop their own physical abilities by practising the many and varied skills of physical education such as balancing, throwing and catching. We try to encourage a healthy attitude to life in our children by backing the physical activities that the children are involved in by looking at health education issues. The school has a fine history of sporting achievements. Football, netball, cross-country running, rounders and athletics are our main activities. All pupils require a change of clothing for Physical Education (shorts, tee-shirt, pumps and suitable clothing for outdoor games) which should be labelled with the child’s name and kept in a drawstring bag.
The education of children in sexual matters is primarily the right and duty of parents, though the school does have a complementary role to play. Sex education is not dealt with as a separate subject, but is placed in the context of the child’s spiritual, moral,emotional and social development.
Children are given opportunities to study a wide variety of religions. They are given the opportunities to visit different places of worship and to understand the foundations of all religions. We follow the Bury Primary Learning Collaborative Scheme of Work.