“We feel that the chemistry between our child and teacher is excellent. Advances are being made in creating a bespoke and appropriate teaching/learning approach.” (Parent of a child in Y5.)
Our school curriculum is designed to comply with the requirements of the Education Reform Act (1988), which introduced the National Curriculum.
In line with Government recommendations, we teach our children a broad and balanced curriculum that provides breadth and depth within each subject and provides children with the opportunity to work at a 'Mastery' level in each subject. At Whitegate School we ensure that each child receives the education that will enable them to reach their full potential.
'The curriculum is broad and balanced and contributes to the good progress that pupils make.' (Ofsted, July 2019)
Our varied, Christian based curriculum, inspires pupils' thirst for knowledge and promotes a love of life-long learning in a creative, challenging and safe environment. At Whitegate School we aim to aid pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as well as promoting British Values and encouraging pupils' aesthetic and creative interests. By doing so, we hope to produce well rounded, independent individuals ready for the next steps in their lives.
'The promotion of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural education is strong. Pupils’ understanding of equality and diversity and fundamental British values is very well developed.' (Ofsted, July 2019.)
We teach through a thematic approach and this academic year (2019-20) we are 'Delving into the Unknown'.
'As the school grows, the curriculum is evolving and is currently being enhanced to link it more explicitly to the school’s Christian values and vision of developing wisdom. This enables pupils to develop their unique skills and talents and to have aspirations for the future.' (SIAMS, July 2019.)
When planning for learning at Whitegate School, we aim to ''nurture restless curiosity and resilience to explore exciting challenges, both independently and cooperatively, to prepare them 'for life in all its fullness'.''
Each term the children will engage with:
- One Big Question;
- One Wise Thought;
- One Unselfish Act;
- One Great Adventure, and
- One Moment to Shine.
This year we have introduced 'Knowledge Organisers' to help the children to learn the essential knowledge they need for each topic they study.
A comprehensive 'Curriculum Overview Document' can be found at the bottom of this page and in the curriculum pull down menus above.
Our school has an open door policy and we will gladly meet with any parents who wish to know more about the curriculum we teach or how they can best enhance their childs own learning.
Click on the links below to see the individual subjects:-