Whipton Barton Federation aims to provide a curriculum that is engaging, balanced and rigorous. While we value the acquisition of key sills in English and Maths, we appreciate that we are educating the whole child and provide a curriculum that allows every child to flourish. This depth of provision may be through exciting topics through which we explore the foundation subjects or it may be through the emphasis we place on Learning Skills, learning in the outdoors, sporting activities or creative expression.
Our high expectations of children start in Early Years Foundation Stage and children are assessed regularly against the Early Learning Goals. Assessment information can then form the basis for specific, targeted provision to ensure the needs of all children are met. Pupils begin phonics in Nursery using the Read, Write, Inc programme and this is maintained through Reception and Key Stage One.
In Key Stage One, alongside their discrete phonics, children will have focused maths and writing sessions where they are taught key skills. We then provide plenty of opportunity for children to practice, repeat and refine these skills through our carefully planned and resourced continuous provision. The continuous provision builds on the independent learning opportunities that children have had in EYFS and challenges them to think for themselves and make decisions about their learning ensuring that they are confident and resilient learners who are ready for the next stage of their learning.
In Key Stage Two, a similar diet is provided keeping a curriculum that is balanced and full of rigour with an increasing awareness of regional, national and global issues and our responsibilities as active members of society.
We plan our wider curriculum around a structured set of skills. You can see these by clicking here.
For more information on individual subjects. click on the links below:
Curriculum overview and new planning
Our curriculum overview for Years 1 -6 can be found here. From the summer term 2021, science, history, geography and art will be planned and delivered from Y1 to Y6 based on the work we have done on how children retain and make connections between the knowledge and skills they have been taught. Planning is based on knowledge organisers and key elements from Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction. You can see an example of our new planning below.