Curriculum Links


EYFS
(Early Years Foundation Stage)

All children in the Early Years at Whitgreave Primary School are given equal opportunities to discover their strengths and abilities through an exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum. Our broad and balanced curriculum is both ‘language rich’ and ‘experience rich.’ By embedding quality texts across all areas of our curriculum and immersing children in the language of stories, we aim to foster a love of reading.
Parents are valued as partners in their child’s achievements and next steps in their learning through effective communication and opportunities to celebrate progress and attainment together.

At Whitgreave, we share the vision that each child is individual and unique and ensure that they achieve their full potential and are well prepared for the next stage of their lives, striving to inspire a love and appreciation of lifelong learning. We offer our pupils the opportunity to understand, value and respect their well-being and the well-being of others and learn through sharing, caring and smiling.

At Whitgreave, we strive to support each unique child to grow and flourish by developing mutually positive relationships and enabling environments. Practitioners provide the very best for all of our pupils through their interactions in a vibrant, stimulating and engaging space to learn and play together.

Activities are carefully planned through a range of topics to ensure progression in all curriculum areas, suited to the children’s needs, interests and abilities. Children are encouraged to follow their own interests and undertake independent learning as well as working collaboratively with their peers and teachers to develop social, emotional, behavioural and communication skills. Practitioners observe the children and their achievements to inform future opportunities for child initiated learning, and the children’s next steps.

Our high expectations of behaviour and learning enable all children to feel safe, motivated, valued and challenged.

Our pupils leave Early Years as confident, resilient, independent pupils who are effective communicators. As a result of the secure relationships they’ve built and experiences they have had, our pupils are happy, well-rounded individuals who are proud to share their achievements with parents and practitioners.

How our pupils behave and respond to others is proof that ‘The Whitgreave Way’ has given them a firm foundation to continue on their learning journey.

Maths

Maths is a core subject, thus has a high profile in school. The children enjoy this subject and speak highly of the various quality learning activities they undertake within lessons.

Children are expected to cover various mathematical concepts across the school year. The subject is broken in to 2 key areas in EYFS, following the Development Matters guidance. The key areas are:
• Number
• Numerical Patterns

However, we added our own strand in to the Whitgreave Curriculum and throughout EYFS, teach and assess:
• Shape, Space and Measure

For KS1/2, Maths is divided in to 5 key areas (numbers and place value, calculation, geometry, measure and statistics). Each term a class will cover four of these areas totaling 12 topics in a year. As number is a more heavily weighted area, these units are covered more frequently, in particular, calculations. As a result, a Calculations Policy is followed across school, in order to ensure that calculation progression is developed throughout the school as a strategic approach. In addition to this, the children undertake a ‘Real Life Maths Project’ once per term in KS1 and KS2. This enables children to develop their mathematical skills through various day to day situations such as: planning, budgeting, surveying etc.

Useful Resources

Calculations Policy

Maths Curriculum Maps

Useful Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html

http://www.mathszone.co.uk/

http://www.coolmath.com/

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/

English

Phonics

Phonics is one of the ways children are taught to read. At Whitgreave, we are following the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. For more information about the Read Write Inc programme, please go to:

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/phonics/

Reading

The programmes of study for Reading at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading). Children in KS1 have Guided Reading sessions each afternoon, which includes small group work with TAs, as well as whole-class reading. Guided Reading is also incorporated into Literacy lessons at the beginning of each unit of work, which have a specific text-type focus and teachers deliver comprehension sessions twice a week.

Every child has a reading book to take home and enjoy, from the school library; these books are banded (in stages of increasing difficulty) and the teachers assess the children regularly to ensure they are taking books home they can read both independently and with an adult/sibling. Reading comprehension homework is also set every week. Leaflets are provided, every year, to support the children with reading at home, these are specific to the stage the child is at– parents are welcome to get another copy from their child’s class teacher, thorough the year.

We make reading fun at Whitgreave! On an annual basis, we celebrate World Book Week, with visits from authors, themed days, activities and dressing up competitions; we also have a reading competition to complete at home- the best entries receive prizes!

We have made a school video on how you can read with your children and help them, please take a look.

Reading with your Children

Writing

The programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

Writing has a well-developed profile at Whitgreave Junior School. In order to make good progression in writing, children need to:

  • Enjoy writing and recognise its value;
  • Write with confidence, clarity and imagination;
  • Write grammatically correct sentences that are punctuated accurately;
  • Understand the features of and how to write in a range of genres and non-fiction texts,
  • Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
  • Develop an adventurous and broad vocabulary;
  • Know their next steps and how they can make their writing better;
  • Use phonological knowledge and spelling rules to spell accurately.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, all units of work in Literacy follow a learning journey, starting with reading and analysing texts and ending with a quality, published piece of writing, which is displayed in quality books or showcased on display in the classroom. Every term, each teacher identifies a ‘Whitgreave Writing Wizard,’ whose work appears in a special book, on display for all to see. The children also participate in a weekly spelling session (which includes a test, from a word list the children are given to learn at home) and a punctuation and grammar session. Leaflets are provided every year to support the children with writing at home, these are specific to the stage the child is at– parents are welcome to get another copy from their child’s class teacher, thorough the year.

Useful Resources

English Curriculum Map Y1

English Curriculum Map Y2

English Curriculum Map Y3

English Curriculum Map Y4

English Curriculum Map Y5

English Curriculum Map Y6

Below are some useful websites to support your child in English.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/index.htm

Science

Science at Whitgreave:

Science is a core subject and, as such, has a very high profile in school. There’s a real enthusiasm for Science throughout the school, with the children always speaking very highly of the engaging and exciting lessons that are taught. We are very proud of the fact that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark, and have received several Science grants – which just goes to show how dedicated we are to Science here at Whitgreave!

The Science Curriculum:

The National Curriculum is followed for Science, which – in Years 1-6 – takes approximately five half terms to complete each year. The remaining half term is given over to the children, who can make the decision to investigate something that they have already learnt about, but take it further; or go in a completely different direction and try something totally unrelated to anything they’ve previously studied!

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

In EYFS, Science is included in the “Understanding the World” strand. Within this strand, children learn about aspects of science through the following areas:

The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Key Stage 1 programme of study:

Year 1:

  • Plants – studying common plants and trees,
  • Animals, including Humans – identifying fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and understanding carnivores, herbivores and omnivores,
  • Everyday Materials – identifying and naming materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock, and learning about their properties,
  • Seasonal Changes – learning about the changes across the four seasons, including the weather and day length.

Year 2:

  • Living Things and their Habitats – looking at how animals are suited to where they live, exploring food sources through food chains,
  • Plants – observing how bulbs and seeds grow, understanding what plants need to stay healthy,
  • Animals, including Humans – finding out about the basic needs of humans, understanding about exercise, food and hygiene,
  • Uses of Everyday Materials – learning about the suitability of materials for particular uses, understanding how some materials can change shape.

Key Stage 2 programme of study:

Year 3:

  • Plants – learning about the different parts of a plant, how water is transported and the life cycle of a flowering plant,
  • Animals including Humans – looking at nutrition and the role of skeletons and muscles,
  • Rocks – comparing rocks, understanding fossil formation and understanding what soil is made from,
  • Light – learning about reflection and shadows,
  • Forces and Magnets – observing how magnets can attract and repel, comparing how things move on different surfaces.

Year 4:

  • Living Things and their Habitats – using classification keys and understanding environmental changes,
  • Animals including Humans – understanding the digestive system, functions of teeth and constructing food chains,
  • States of Matter – comparing and grouping solids, liquids and gases, heating and cooling, condensation and evaporation,
  • Sound – identifying how sounds are made, learning about pitch and volume,
  • Electricity – constructing simple circuits, identifying insulators and conductors.

Year 5:

  • Living Things and their Habitats – life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds, reproduction in some animals and plants,
  • Animals including Humans – describing the changes as humans develop to old age,
  • Properties and Changes of Materials – comparing and grouping everyday materials, dissolving and mixing, separating materials, reversible and irreversible changes,
  • Earth and Space – describing the movement of the Earth, Moon and other planets, understanding day and night,
  • Forces – understanding gravity, air and water resistance, using levers, pulleys and gears.

Year 6:

  • Living Things and their Habitats – classifying living things, including micro-organisms,
  • Animals including Humans – understanding the circulatory and digestive systems, recognising the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the function of the human body,
  • Evolution and Inheritance – identifying how plants and animals are adapted to suit their environment, understanding how characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring,
  • Light – understanding how light travels and how we see things, researching shadow shapes,
  • Electricity – investigating brightness of lamps and volume of buzzers, representing simple circuits in diagrams.

As you can see, some of the programmes of study are taught solely in one year group, others appear in multiple year groups. However, when this occurs, the National Curriculum is structured in such a way as to avoid repetition and provide extension and challenge.

Science lessons:

At Whitgreave we place a lot of emphasis on Working Scientifically: in other words, the children take the lead and investigate for themselves. Before investigating, the children create a question to be answered, plan what they would like to do, and predict what they think will happen. During the investigation, the children record their results, choosing their own format where applicable. Once the investigation is complete, the children then present their results and write a conclusion based on their original question. We also encourage the children to adapt and refine their investigation as it’s progressing, as well as thinking about what they would do better or differently next time. Teachers can track the children’s progress using our Science Milestones, which feature the required elements of subject knowledge for each Year Group, plus the appropriate Working Scientifically objectives.

Science Ambassadors:

Every class in the school elects a Science Ambassador and Deputy Science Ambassador at the start of the new school year. They have a very important role within Science lessons. They are responsible for collecting evidence in lessons, using their own clipboards, record sheets and cameras. They also wear a very special lab coat with an ID badge! During lessons, they choose a member of the class who has impressed them with their investigation skills or Science knowledge and award them a Science Star certificate and sticker. They can even send postcards home to tell parents of their children’s achievements! Science Ambassadors report back to the Science Lead to discuss the learning that has been taking place, and to offer suggestions for how things could be improved. They also help out with planning any special Science events that take place during the school year, and tidying the Science Cupboard!

Other Science opportunities:

A Science Club takes place in the Summer Term every year. Children are invited to take part, including our Gifted and Talented Scientists, and they have a great time doing a wide variety of fun, messy and sometimes loud experiments!

The children also have the opportunity to go on visits. Past examples have included: trips to Pendeford Mill and Conkers (to study wildlife and animal habitats), a day at the National Space Centre in Leicester, and visits to the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC. These visits support, enhance and extend the learning that takes places in the classroom.

We also have Science specialists visit school (such as Mad Science, Zoo Lab, TeachRex and even pupils and staff from local high schools), to lead assemblies, demonstrate experiments and take lessons. Outside visitors have also supported the children’s learning during British Science Week – which falls in March each year – where every afternoon is devoted to Science through a ‘carousel’ of activities and parents are invited in to take part with their child. We have even been to Morton High School and Ormiston NEW Academy to use their Science labs!

If you want to explore Science at home, here are just a few of the hundreds of websites out there that you might find interesting and/or fun!

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

http://easyscienceforkids.com/

http://www.extremescience.com/

http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/science/index.html

https://www.scienceforkidsclub.com/

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/

Computing

At Whitgreave Primary School our Computing curriculum is designed to equip children to actively participate in a rapidly and ever changing environment, where work and leisure activities are increasingly influenced by technology. Our aim is to enable all staff and pupils to be confident, creative, competent, and independent users of ICT.

We are continually adapting to the needs of our children and we strive to give them the best that we can. Throughout our school, all classrooms and learning areas are fully equipped with a range of equipment, including: wireless computers, interactive Smartboards, projection and sound facilities. A further range of equipment and facilities are available, including laptops, a computing suite, blue bots and iPads to enhance teaching and learning.

The Curriculum

We have a progressive curriculum which covers Digital Literacy and Communication, Coding and E-safety.
In EYFS, the children have access to a range of IT equipment during continuous provision to enhance and extend their learning. The children also have technology days plotted throughout the year where they can learn a range of new Computing skills from simple coding to creative applications such as paint. The children also participate in E-safety lessons to help them understand Internet safety and the dangers they may come across as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.

In KS1 and 2 we follow the Rising Stars scheme of work for Computing and E-safety.

In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and, that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the Internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.

In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the Internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including Internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

We teach E-safety at an age-appropriate level to each year group through a progressive curriculum. Our children are taught a progressive E-Safety curriculum from EYFS to Y6. Year 1-6 are taught half termly E-Safety topics and the whole school takes part in Safer Internet Day yearly.

E-safety

At Whitgreave Primary School, we use a wide range of resources, including web-based and mobile technologies to deliver our curriculum. All staff have a responsibility to educate our children on E-safety issues; teaching them appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain safe when using the Internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

Whitgreave Primary School’s E-safety policy and Acceptable Use Policy (for all staff, governors, visitors, parents and pupils) are inclusive of fixed and mobile Internet technologies provided by the school (such as PCs, laptops, iPads, webcams, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and video equipment) and technologies owned by the children and staff that are brought onto school premises (such as mobile phones, camera phones and portable media players). In school we have a comprehensive firewall, which blocks access to inappropriate or offensive sites. Our Internet use is also monitored across school. Our staff also take part in annual E-Safety training and receive regular E-safety updates throughout the year on current policy and dangers.

To help families to keep up with the technology that their children are using online and give guidance on how to deal with current issues, we provide parents with information, through the website, safeguarding newsletters and booklets, regarding E-safety throughout the year. We also provide parent sessions to help them keep their children safe online when not in school. In lessons, we teach children the skills to recognise and know what to do if they see or read anything that may not be appropriate- an important skill both in and outside school.

PSHE

At Whitgreave, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is taught under an umbrella that teachers and children call ‘Personal Development’. We labelled it this so that staff and children were really clear about how PSHE, RE, SMSC, BV and our Pupil Power Passports all align to support the personal development of the pupils. In these lessons, we look at life in our community, we learn how to be effective, responsible children. We challenge stereotypes and work together to be a cohesive team that cares for one another.

Humanities & Arts

Humanities at Whitgreave consists of the subjects: History, Geography, Religious Education (RE) and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

MFL

MFL at Whitgreave is taught to provide an opening to other cultures and will foster curiosity in children and deepen their understanding of the world. We aim to enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing, wherever possible.

Children from ‘Whitgreave’s Little Wonders through to Year 6 were immersed in the French language and culture, for our annual whole school French Day. All children participated in a range of activities in class, including locating French speaking countries using globes and atlases, creating pieces of art inspired by French artists, researching famous French people and playing games to help with vocabulary learning. Children dressed in the colours of the French flag, ‘le tricolore’, and enjoyed tasting some typical French breakfast food. We all had a wonderful day!

Geography

Geography at Whitgreave aims to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, from different perspectives. It develops a knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and an understanding of maps. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. As pupils study Geography, they will encounter different societies and cultures, it will therefore inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

History

History at Whitgreave is taught to fire curiosity in children about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children will be taught to consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children will develop a chronological timeline for their knowledge of significant events and people. In History, children will be taught to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue their point of view. We always start our History units with a ‘History Mystery’.

RE

RE at Whitgreave is concerned with helping children to reflect upon the experiences and mysteries of life and the contribution of religion to our daily lives. At Whitgreave, we endeavour to make RE stimulating, with real life experiences and a forum where prejudice and stereotyping can be challenged and discussed in a safe way. The school curriculum aims to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. There is a strong like between our RE, PSHE, SMSC and BV teaching across the Primary School.

Arts

The Arts are foundation subjects which cover Design and Technology, Art, Music and PE. They are lessons which our children particularly enjoy, as they develop and apply their skills.

Staff utilise National Curriculum, which outlines skills which need to be developed, along with the School Curriculum. Milestones are used to show the progression and skills that need to be taught and are used as a tool for assessment and progression. Staff utilise creative opportunities to develop and embed teaching and learning within subject areas. Learning is planned as part of an on-going journey, which develops and embeds key skills throughout. Each journey culminates in an end product. Teachers develop learning through a wide range of strategies, including demonstration, modelling, questioning and through facilitating learning. Within the Early Years, the Arts form part of the Curriculum and are embedded within teaching, learning and Continuous Provision.

Music plays a large part of life at Whitgreave. School employs specialist Music Teachers to teach children to play instruments, in response to requests from the children. In addition, Whitgreave also has a Radio Station, which is currently being developed within school. We have regular Music Workshops which really allow our children to fully immerse themselves in musical skills.

Our School also offers a range of After-School Clubs, a number of which are usually based around the Arts.