At Whitehall Park School we pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to; recognise children’s prior learning- building on this and using our skills as practitioners to move their learning forward in a purposeful and meaningful way, provide first hand learning experiences, support the development of interpersonal skills, build resilience, encourage creativity, to improve children’s metacognition and the ability to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and the ability to think outside the box.
We have designed and developed our own curriculum so that we can deliver exciting and stimulating learning opportunities alongside supporting the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills. We have tailored our curriculum to our children’s interests, needs and abilities, with an aim to make their learning exciting, engaging and memorable.
At Whitehall Park School we pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our curriculum.
Our curriculum has been developed so that we can deliver exciting and stimulating lessons and topics to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
As a free school we are not tied down to the national curriculum as other state schools are. We are free to choose how we teach and what we teach. We have chosen to use the national curriculum as the foundation for our own curriculum. We have designed it to be exciting and inspiring with the children’s enjoyment and love of learning at its heart. The freedom that we have as a free school enables our curriculum to be innovative and responsive. We are able to tailor our curriculum to the needs and interests of our children. For example Year 1 have found that the children really loved their Polar Explorers Topic. The year group was able to explore this topic in greater depth and really immerse themselves in the topic.
Science is the key driver for all topics at Whitehall Park School as we believe that the investigative and skills based features of effective science learning are paramount in developing the whole child.
Rather than being a knowledge based curriculum it instead focuses on research skills and other such capabilities. It has several advantages over discreet subject teaching. For example we can tailor our curriculum to our own children’s interests, needs and abilities; it provides an over-arching theme thereby making learning memorable. It makes the curriculum make sense for children by connecting areas of knowledge rather than separating them and puts an emphasis on learning over knowledge. Knowledge can always be discovered. Learning how to discover is what is truly important.
The Whitehall Park Curriculum encompasses a wide range of learning experiences for the children. Children learn effectively through direct experience. We therefore offer opportunities for pupils, from the earliest stage, to enhance their learning experiences by bringing the Curriculum alive and making their learning more relevant.
We achieve this through the use of well-chosen educational visits, workshops (both on and off site) and topic related costume and role play days. Examples of these include visits to the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum and Kew Gardens, workshops relating to The Great Fire of London and World War II evacuees and ‘dressing up’ days for Pirates, Romans and international focuses. Visitors are also invited into school to enhance the curriculum and regularly include authors, artists, parents and other members of our local community.
TAB 1 – WHOLE SCHOOL TOPIC OVERVIEW
Please click on the picture to view the curriculum overview. This document shows the theme of each half term for each year level.