At Whitehall Park School, we offer a broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated and inclusive curriculum to all out students. Our curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of current and national guidelines and our commitment to the provision of a wide range of subjects through a thematic approach.
Our curriculum includes:
- Expressive Arts – Art, Dance, Drama, Music
- Science and Technology – Design Technology, Science, Computing
- Place and Time – Geography, History
- Mathematics – Mathematics
- Communication – English, MFL, ICT
- Health and Wellbeing – Physical Education, Personal Wellbeing
- Faith and Community – R.E. and Citizenship
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.
- to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
- to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information technology (IT);
- to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
- to teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
- to help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
- to enable children to be positive citizens in society;
- to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
- to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong;
- to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
- to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
The creative curriculum does not end in the classroom, but extends to outside the classroom and beyond the school day. Through the extended schools provision at Whitehall Park or by contacting parents and discussing suitable activities which children could participate in, children can benefit from improving skills or subject knowledge vital for extending their learning in school.
Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the ethos of the school. They provide children with an opportunity to enhance their personal development and self-image and also learn skills of respect and responsibility. Extra-curricular activities should provide an opportunity for children to develop expertise in areas not provided within the formal curriculum and provide them with an opportunity to represent the school at school, county and national levels and therefore enhance the ethos and image of the school in the community.
Some children will benefit from enhancing their performance skills through dramatic and choral presentations, others through more sporting or creative opportunities.
Clubs and activities are planned and published on a termly basis in the school newsletter to parents, school website and displayed at every opportunity in school. When planning activities, which involve activities outside the schools hours and off site locations referral should be made to the planning trips procedures. Activities should, wherever possible, promote different cultures, customs and beliefs. Children are expected to behave in a positive way and to act as ambassadors for the school when they are involved in activities in the local community and on any vocational visits.