At Whitegate End we offer a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum for all our learners.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through structured child-led play. Topics are introduced through our 'WOW starters' where the curriculum is really brought to life through a range of engaging experiences that set the scene for the topic and provide a context for future learning.
The new statutory national curriculum is taught across Key Stages 1 and 2. We have a topic based approach to our curriculum to ensure that children find the work relevant and engaging. This means that children will explore a different topic each half term and the majority of their learning will take place in the context of the topic. We really value the thoughts and ideas of our children and 'pupil voice' is used to inform activities. At the start of the year the children are asked to share the things they would like to learn about and our teaching team does their best to try and include as many of these ideas as possible.
Alongside the statutory curriculum we also offer additional experiences to enrich children’s development. As part of our Forest School programme groups of children learn about nature and the environment while exploring our very own Forest school area and our exciting new enrichment afternoon in Key Stage 2 helps to build on key skills for life long learning.
Characteristics of Learning
Here at Whitegate End we have worked together both children and staff to develop our 'Characteristics of Learning.' We feel the development of these skill is key to accessing our broad and balanced curriculum. The children are regularly encouraged to recognise when they are using these skills and know how they can help with their learning. The children can explain each of these characteristics and what they mean to them as individuals. These characteristics help to form the basis of our curriculum in order to help our children develop key learning skills which they can use throughout their school and adult life.
Find more information about our curriculum on the individual class pages.
If you would like further information about the curriculum at Whitegate End, please speak to your child's class teacher, attend one of our parent drop in sessions or parent forum meetings (please contact the school for the next date) or fill in the enquiry form on the contact page.