At Whittlefield, we value the individuality of all our children and place them at the heart of their own learning, placing great emphasis on nurturing them. We believe in making our curriculum accessible to all, taking into account pupils’ varied life experiences and needs.
Our curriculum develops children’s skills and love of learning by making links between the individual subjects and enabling our children to apply skills and knowledge in a wide range of contexts relevant to them.
Our curriculum has been designed to be skills based, enabling children to develop the skills they need to be effective, enthusiastic learners in the 21st century. Our philosophy is simple: we know our children. If we know what interests and enthuses our children, and we know where they are within their learning and what skills they have grasped, then we know what their next steps are. Lessons are planned around these next steps, and we differentiate learning to match the needs of the children within our classes; additional support is prioritised in our SEND provision as well as our those who are classified as disadvantaged .
The curriculum map outlines the knowledge, skills and understanding to be taught. It outlines coverage and progression across the school for each subject. The Next Steps Assessment grids outline the progression in steps.
Teachers use the Lancashire Key Learning Documents to plan learning opportunities, adapting it for classes, and individual learners. Each year group have a range of topics taught across the year which are stimulating and engaging. Each topic is driven by Lead Subjects with strong links made to additional subjects all underpinned by the English curriculum. Mathematics is linked where appropriate and skills are applied across the curriculum but is mainly taught discretely.