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Curriculum Overview

Primary Curriculum

 

At Whitwell Primary School we aim to provide a stimulating curriculum which engages and interests children and develops the whole child, through experiences that encourage initiative, creativity and respect for others, enabling them to reach their potential in al aspect of school life.

 

Our curriculum is underpinned by our mission statement:

 

Believe, Endeavour, Succeed Together

 

We carefully plan our curriculum so that it is stimulating, creative and engaging; encouraging every child to really enjoy their learning, challenge themselves to achieve their best and thus gain a wide range of skills, knowledge and attributes.

 

The latest National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014. Its aims are that every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and of society.
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge and skills that they need to be educated citizens. At Whitwell Primary we redesigned our curriculum to ensure we meet the requirements of the new curriculum, whilst maintaining our creative approach to teaching and learning. We have adopted a topic based curriculum which is planned over a 2-year cycle.

Our 2-year Curriculum Overview

 

CYCLE 1 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

KS1

(Y1 & 2)

 How can I keep healthy?

Do all trees lose their leaves?   How does it feel? Do fish have fingers? How does the weather change across the seasons?  What is happening to our seeds?

Lower KS2

(Y3 & 4)

Where did the hunter gatherers go?

Why does the Earth move? What’s the buzz?  What did the Victorians change? Who eats Who?

Upper KS2

(Y5 & 6)

Why didn’t the Vikings sink?

Could you adapt to live in anywhere in the world? Who were the Dragon People? Do you have the skills to climb a mountain? What was life like for children in WW2?

 

 

CYCLE 2 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

KS1

(Y1 & 2)

Are you local?

Guess Who? What is it like in the rainforest?

When did it happen?

What can you make with clay? How did they get there?

Lower KS2

(Y3 & 4)

Where in the World?

How do eyes see? Is lava a rock? What did the Romans do for us? How do plants grow? Who was Henry VIII?

Upper KS2

(Y5 & 6)

Who studies the night skies?

Where in the World are we? Why do we choose the products we use? How has life changed in Whitwell during the 20th Century? What dis the Mayans give to the World? Where do things come from?
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