At Whaplode Church of England Primary School, our children have access to a rich and creative curriculum which prepares them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and raises aspirations.
We aim to develop pupils as life long learners within a Christian context. We base all we do around the Parable of the Lost Sheep, which tells us that each individual is valued by God, even the troublesome ones who may get lost along the way. We recognise that if each is valued by God, then it is our duty to give each child the very best and to allow each one to flourish. (Matthew 18, Luke 15)
At our school, we provide our children with the knowledge and skills they need in order to succeed within an ever-changing society, helping them to know and remember more. As well as enabling them to develop a depth of knowledge across a range of subjects, we look to nurture within them the ability to think critically, questioning the views of others whilst building, evidencing and articulating their own. Our curriculum was designed to respond to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its complex cultures.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
By teaching our children to read with fluency, understanding and enthusiasm, we enable them to further their knowledge in areas of their own interest, as well as deepening their understanding of what they have learnt within the classroom and beyond.
Grounded within a philosophical context though the use of ‘Big Questions’, our Connections curriculum aims to empower pupils from all backgrounds and ethnicities, developing within them the tools they need in order to express themselves verbally, in writing and creatively.
At this school, we place a high priority on ensuring that both children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. These areas are as valued and important as academic development as we understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure. This is supported through our detailed PSHE curriculum (Jigsaw), ELSA as well as our Forest School learning.