Curriculum Overview

The curriculum intent at WHGS Primary Phase is to develop independent, self-motivated children who are excited and enthused learners. During their time here, children will master skills and have a deep knowledge in a breadth of subject areas, ensuring progression and depth as they continue through the Primary Phase and into their secondary education. They will be equipped with self-awareness, tolerance and respect in order to contribute positively to our multi-cultural society. 

Primary Phase Curriculum Intent

At WHGS Primary Phase, we follow a research-driven, evidence-based teaching and learning approach.  Our curriculum is implemented with a growth mindset culture where learning is visible, expectations are high and children take pride in all they do. 

To support children in becoming independent, reflective learners, aware of their learning journey and next steps, they are provided with:

  • Teachers who follow Rosenshine's principles of instruction.
  • A knowledge organiser which outlines the learning required (including vocabulary) and is sent home so parents and carers can support their children at home.
  • A single subject curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6. Educational visits and trips, relevant to the learning experience, are planned throughout the year.
  • Baseline assessments to ensure learning is not repeated and lessons are always purposeful.
  • Formative assessment opportunities, i.e. talk partners and co-operative feedback.
  • Repeated quizzing to ensure retention of knowledge, enabling children to know and remember more.
  • A learning journey through each unit of work that is carefully sequenced in small steps for progression and depth of learning, involving children at the planning stage.
  • A curriculum that is designed to allow children to gain knowledge and understanding of their local community, reflecting our diversity. 

WHGS Primary Phase demonstrates impact of our curriculum intent through the acquisition, mastery and retention of knowledge and skills. Our independent learners are well prepared for their next step in to Secondary education.

If you would like to discuss the Primary Phase curriculum any further, please contact Mrs Heaton (Headteacher) or Mr Worrall (Deputy Headteacher).  Look out for our half termly newsletters updating you on what your child is currently learning about in school.

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