At Whinfield Primary School the children access an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to identify and remove barriers to learning and provide suitable learning challenges that respond to diverse needs, including those of the most able. This encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world.
In Reception classes they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Years 1 to 6 children follow the National Curriculum.
This includes the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects: Geography, History, Art & Design, Music, PE, Design & Technology, Computing and PSCHE. Children in KS2 are taught a Modern Foreign Language, we have chosen to teach French.
Helping your child with reading.
In addition we use Project X, Phonics Bug and Comics for Phonics.
Reading for Pleasure Assemblies:
Physical Education is part of the National Curriculum and children can only be permitted to miss a lesson on medical grounds upon receipt of a note from parents.
There is a balance of whole class teaching, groups and individual work throughout the school with work matched to children’s level of ability.
At Whinfield we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our Religious Education is broadly Christian and is taught in accordance with the Local Authority regulations. We follow the Darlington Agreed Syllabus which is taught as part of planned topics throughout the school.
Under the terms of the 1988 Education Reform Act parents have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of religious education and collective worship and there will be alternative provision made for pupils who are so withdrawn.
Children participate in a daily act of worship which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of the children hopefully preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The Governors take the view that children should receive sex and relationship education suitable to their age, needs and maturity. Questions which arise from time to time will be answered in a simple and straightforward manner. The subject is incorporated within the teaching of health education, personal and social education and National Curriculum Science, using the Lucinda and Godfrey resources.
Each year our school nurse will give a talk on Growing Up/Puberty to our Years 5 and 6 pupils.
Parents may withdraw their children from sex education lessons at any age but not from the National Curriculum in Science, in which natural aspects such as growth and reproduction are studied. However, we recommend that if parents should consider withdrawing their children they should discuss their concerns with the Head Teacher before taking this action.
At present we have a range of extra-curricular activities available which take place at lunchtime, break time or after school.
Assessment arrangements are as follows:
We continually assess every child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum throughout their time in school. Parents are informed of their child’s results and achievements.
Reception - Early Years Profile on entry and at the end of year.
Year 1 - Teacher Assessments and Phonics Screening Test during Summer Term
Year 2 - Teacher Assessments with levels supported by SATs tests during Summer Term.
Year 3 - Teacher Assessments
Year 4 -Teacher Assessments
Year 5 -Teacher Assessments
Year 6 - Teacher Assessments supported by SAT's tests in May.
Full information regarding this years curriculum can be found on each year group page.
If you require further information on our curriculum please contact Mrs Welsh the Head teacher.