At Whitecliffe Academy, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum set in whole class topics to promote engagement and enjoyment of learning for all children. Whitecliffe has used the statutory national curriculum which sets out the framework as programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 to support curriculum development. As the national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge, we develop more exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum; Our curriculum is reviewed yearly by staff, children and parents to create more opportunities for pupil voice in the planning stage and to further develop exciting topics with children’s interests at the centre; to motivate all children to achieve their very best. Our aim is to create opportunities for excellence and enjoyment and to maximise how school can:
Emphasis is placed on achievement and the development of key skills in English, Maths, Science and Information Communication Technology. The foundation subjects of Religious Education, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and French are also taught and used as further opportunities to apply and embed key skills across the curriculum. Strong British Values is at the centre of our culture, embedding SMSC across the curriculum and school life. With all of this in mind, we plan and deliver lessons to develop the whole child across a range of subject areas.
We set high expectations for every pupil and plan stretching work for the more able and provide extra support to overcome barriers for those children who may find learning more difficult at times; to support this we have a nurture group across Key stage 1 to allow those children who have developed gaps in their learning the opportunity to catch up quickly and provide intervention to accelerate learning for those children who are not meeting their milestones and potential. For our children with special educational needs we plan lessons to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. In many cases, such planning will mean that these pupils will be able to study the full national curriculum. Potential areas of difficulty are identified and addressed within the classroom.
Half Term and End of Year National Curriculum level targets are set for each child in Mathematics, Reading and Writing and progress towards these are continuously monitored and reviewed for every child; any underperformance is identified quickly and acted upon through targeted support and intervention. Personal learning targets are also set regularly throughout the year in response to ongoing teacher assessment. Our Quality Assessment and Feedback Marking Policy ensures staff are always focussed on pupil achievement for every child.
During the course of the week children are taught by their own teacher, assisted by our support staff, and are in ability groups for Mathematics and English; children underachieving are identified quickly and receive interventions to close any gaps in learning; Interventions take place outside the normal core lessons by trained staff to ensure progress is accelerated and children make up ground from any lower starting points.