Curriculum

 

“Inspiring Achievement for All”

 

Here at Whitchurch Junior School we believe our children should have inspiring learning opportunities that bring out the best in every child. Our curriculum develops creativity, offers life skills and is driven by the application of Maths and English skills, in really exciting, often book-based contexts. We want our children to be independent learners who are able to apply themselves to a range of different situations.

Learning is organised into topics, so that the children are actively involved in the theme. Topics are initiated by the teacher, taking into account National Curriculum objectives, as the children’s learning evolves, so does the topic, so that no two classes topic work will be identical, although common strands will be covered. At the end of each topic, we aim to invite parents in to our exciting exit points where the children will be able to share their learning with you.

At Whitchurch Junior School, our children will develop their knowledge and skills in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design & Technology, Computing, French, Physical Education (taught by specialist teachers), Personal Social Health Education and Religious Education. In addition to this, we are fortunate enough to be able to offer Forest School time inclusively, from Year 3 to Years 6 – something we are very proud of (Please see our Blog and Forest School area for further information). Throughout all our teaching at Whitchurch Junior School, we aim to embed Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning as well as develop the children’s understanding of British values (BV). Further information regarding SMSC and BV can be found in the curriculum area.

The teachers at Whitchurch Junior School use a range of teaching styles and resources to engage learners, such as Visual, Kinaesthetic and Auditory resources/prompts. We teach the children to work with a range of partners (see Kagan learning), as this has been proven to help learning and thought development. We also promote good learning through the use of ‘Building Learning Power’ skills. More information about teaching styles can be found in our Teaching and Learning Policy.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)

The way in which we support children as individuals and different abilities is one of our strengths. In 2012 we were awarded the Gold Quality mark for our SEN provision, the legacy of this award is still evident in our work today. Children with special educational needs are supported, as appropriate, in order to enable them to take a full part in classroom learning. On occasions the curriculum is adapted to suit the individual learning needs of one of our learners.

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We treat all children equally and our core aim is to provide a broad and balanced education for every child. Extra help or advice is provided by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Mrs S Gilmore, who is also our Assistant Headteacher. Mrs M Hughes leads our team of highly trained teaching assistants and our Pastoral Support Team. She happily offers support and guidance to all. Teaching Assistants – with their particular specialisms- work in the classroom and in small groups or individually to support the children’s learning.

We aim to ensure that we support the children’s needs in a range of ways through our Pastoral Support Team, including ‘Learning Mentors’ and Parent Partners who liaise with parents for the benefit of the children. (See information leaflet.)

Teachers and Teaching Assistants constantly monitor the children’s learning in lessons. If any member of staff has any concerns they will speak to the SEN Leader, who advises on which course of action to take and ensures that parents are involved in the process.

All pupils with Education and Health Care plans ( EHCPs) have an Annual Review attended by the pupil, parent / carer, SENCO, or teacher and a representative from an outside agency if necessary.

In order to ensure that we are providing the best support possible, we liaise on a regular basis with external agencies e.g. Speech and Language Service, Social Services, Educational Welfare Officer and any others we feel appropriate.

The Governor who takes a special interest in Special Educational Needs and inclusion is Mrs J Rylands.

There are some pupils who have a special need because they have a special ability or talent (Gifted and Talented). We make sure that we identify these pupils and ensure that they are given opportunities to help them to further their progress.

Please discuss any concerns about learning problems with your child’s teacher, the Headteacher or the S.E.N. Leader.

The school has a S.E.N. policy in line with Government requirements. Parents may request to see this policy, as well as other school policies and guidelines as they wish.