As an academy, our curriculum is not determined by decisions made by the Department for Education in England and Wales and therefore we are able to design learning journeys for our children that support our local distinctiveness and our overall approach to education. Alongside, we recognise that the development of core skills in reading, writing and numeracy are critical for a child's success and academic development and, like most schools, we put these at the forefront of our work. Overall, our curriculum is aligned closely to that of the National framework, but we enjoy the opportunity to respond to the needs of our children in our locality. This is delivered through our Big Event approach that links a memorable occasion, such as a visit away from school, to the children's work within a theme.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and is designed to ensure that all children are actively involved in their learning, develop both socially and academically and experience the curriculum through learning that is real and relevant. Through our curriculum ethos we strive to secure academic and social mobility for everyone. Our curriculum at Witheridge School is framed around 4 main curriculum drivers alongside our six school values which can be found on the Vision and Values page. Our four curriculum drivers are:
- Building Learning Power - providing children with opportunities to develop the social, emotional and learning skills required to be successful lifelong learners
- Global Learning and Diversity - providing children with opportunities to learn about and from different places and cultures around the world
- Communication - providing the children with opportunities to develop written and oral communication skills
- Community & Living Well Together - providing the children with opportunities to develop their understanding of their place within the wider communities of the school, Witheridge and the world.
All class teachers produce a curriculum newsletter each term to help keep parents and carers informed of their child's learning in school - a copy of these can be found by clicking on the 'Current Curriculum News' tab. Below is a list of our upcoming topics:
Autumn Term 2019: Digging up the past
Spring Term 2020 : Farm to Fork
Summer Term 2020 : We Are The Champions (Olympics)
If you would lke any further details regarding our school curriculum, or would like to discuss any ideas you may have for future topics, then please feel free to contact Miss Ratcliffe (Head of School) via the school office.