The Whipton Curriculum

Our curriculum

Our core purpose at Whipton Barton is to encourage and promote learning. We are committed to providing the best possible environment and opportunities for all our learners to flourish, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture or social background. We believe that effective, deep learning is underpinned by a commitment to excellent teaching and a rich curriculum.  We believe that Whipton Barton is a learning community where adults and children strive to develop themselves as learners and support one another to be the best they can be.

As maintained schools, we teach from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework


in our Nursery and Reception classes and the:


We plan our wider curriculum around a structured set of skills. You can see these by clicking on the link “Whipton Skills Progression 2016”


Phonics Teaching

At Whipton Barton Federation, we aim for all of our children to leave our school as highly skilled readers. We do this by providing them with high-quality systematic phonics, taught daily, access to a range of high quality texts in our classrooms and library and sending books home which match to their phonic knowledge.

Read Write Inc is a comprehensive program designed to develop children’s phonic knowledge, reading and writing skills holistically. The children are assessed half-termly and streamed successfully according to their phonics knowledge. We currently run 16 groups ranging from teaching initial sounds, learning to blend words, and reading with fluency and expression.

The ethos of the program centres on the five P’s – Purpose, Participation, Praise, Partners and Pace. The Reading Teachers work hard to ensure this is at the heart of learning and children know what to expect from each session because of this. 

As a result of the successful implementation of the program, our children are able to:

  • Participate actively in an engaging phonics session, where they are applying their sound knowledge into spelling and reading instantly.
  • Read with increased ease, fluency and enjoyment to a range of audiences – peers, teachers and parents.
  • Successfully use a range of strategies to write with independence.
  • See themselves as fantastic readers and writers who can access the whole curriculum with confidence.