Curriculum

 

Here at Whitchurch Junior School we believe our children should receive a curriculum that is creative, offers life skills and is ultimately driven by Maths and English. We want our children to be creative learners who are able to apply themselves to a range of different situations. Our children learn through a thematic topic based approach in which they have a key input. Topics are initiated by the teacher, taking into account National Curriculum objectives, who then asks the children what aspects they would like to find out more about. The topic then takes on a life of its own, meaning 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 Policy area.

The teachers at Whitchurch Junior School use a range of teaching styles and resources to engage the learners such as Visual, Kinaesthetic and Auditory resources/prompts. We also have adopted both the Kagan and Jeff Hannan learning styles in which the children are supported in the classroom with half-termly personalised learning partners and they have opportunities to interact with other learners to aid their thought development. Whitchurch Junior School promotes 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.

We aim 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 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’ 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 statements of Special Needs 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 V Lillie.

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.