Aspen - Reception & Year 1
Cedar - Years 1 & 2
Rowan - Years 3 & 4
Maple - Years 4 & 5
Willow - Year 6
Children in Y1-6 focus on English and Maths in the morning, other than on themed or special days. This way learning is consistent. Every day children also join in with collective worship. In the afternoons and for Key Stage 2 Friday morning children learn about the full range of other curriculum subjects.
We follow a curriculum which develops the learning of our children in an engaging, fun way coupled with high expectation. It includes all of the core and foundation subject areas as well as visits, visitors to school, special projects and more. Each class publishes a termly letter and mind map setting out curriculum coverage for that term. Please see the links above.
If you would like to know more about the curriculum we are developing please do get in touch via the contact details on the 'Contact Us' tab.
At Whitchurch, reading standards are a significant strength of the school. We begin reception using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ system, which children rapidly make progress using. This remains constant as the children move up the school. Children are given picture books to begin with and move through a mixture reading scheme books at a pace appropriate for each child. Many children choose their own books from the library from Year 1 and 2 onwards. Our library is continually being updated and now contains sections for boys, gifted readers and younger children. In addition to this Gloucestershire library service provides us with an excellent range of books each term. Information about how to support your child with reading is given at the start of reception, via annual parent meetings and through individual support. If your child finds reading harder, they will be given extra support, assessment and intervention in order for them to make good progress. The ability to read well is at the core of school life and it is something that, in Whitchurch, we believe we do well. The links on ‘Support for your child’ under the parent section of the website provides further information.
Whitchurch Learning Council members are elected by their classmates. There is a Learning Council ambassador for each year group from Years 1 to 6. They share the thoughts of their class. They meet weekly with the Deputy Headteacher and make sure the views of our pupils are considered. They contribute to fund raising events. They write an action plan for the academic year to help improve learning and our school environment.
We have four House teams: Doward, Wye, Yat and Wye, symbolic of our local environment. Siblings join the same house team and House Captains are responsible for leading the collation of house points, presenting these weekly in Celebration Assembly. They also lead their House at various inter-house events.
The Eco Ambassadors are chosen by the pupils. Two pupils represent each class. They make sure that everything in school is as eco friendly as possible! They meet regularly, they organise posters and assemblies to promote energy saving, recycling and litter picking. They run the school garden where produce is used in the school cookery club or sold within the local community. This is a self-funding scheme to facilitate the development of innovative eco projects, both within the school and the local authority. An additional role is to organise community textile recycling, coordinate regular on-site litter picks and innovate on things eco.
Our Global Green Team are:
Oliver, Ffion, Tyler, Jaeden, Maddison, Callum, Maddie, Katie, Poppy, Issy
Junior Road Safety Officers
Our Junior Road Safety Officers do a wonderful job. They monitor the parking outside school and encourage and praise families for using our safe crossing point. Also, they oversee our Walk Once A Week programme. This involves collating data and giving out rewards to children in our Celebration Assembly.
Our Junior Road Safety Officers are: James, Rosie and Maddie Kat Evans.
Tuck Shop Monitors
These children are solely responsible for manging stock and the financial running of our school healthy tuck shop. They do this every day with a big smile. So far, profits are looking good.
Our librarians are responsible for development of the school library. They support other children with their choices in reading books, keep the space tidy and arrange the displays. They also promote new books and how children might enjoy them.
Rights Respecting Schools Team
The team promote the UN Rights of the Child. This year they are working towards achieving Level 1. They work with our Learning Council.
A new National curriculum began for primary schools in September 2014. We have included information about the curriculum as a whole in addition to termly newsletters about exactly how this will look for each class on this website. As well as this, information for parents about how children are taught is shared on the website, via twitter and through upcoming information sessions
In terms of how we will assess children’s progress against the new curriculum, how we will keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections the following information is shared with you.
Accurate and effective assessment
- Assessments which are accurate and effective are the cornerstone of learning. ‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what children can do and where to take their learning next.
- Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.
How is this achieved?
- Through effective questioning
- Through specific marking and feedback which children understand and act upon
- Through children knowing their next steps
- Through ‘assessment for learning’ where staff respond to children’s learning
- Through a tracking system which enables comparators between groups and nationally in terms of attainment and progress over time
- Through robust discussion of each child’s progress through a meeting every 30 days
- Through careful analysis of group and cohort attainment and progress by all staff
- Through sharing best practice and moderation via Wye Valley Learning Network.
- Through consideration and benchmarking of best practice nationally
How is this shared with parents?
- Our online tracking system will be shared with parents once new data, for the new curriculum, is uploaded. Parents will have their own log ins and discussions at parents’ meetings will focus on them
- Termly parent meetings or reports
How are governors’ enabled to make judgements?
- Through linking with subject coordinators and classes to see assessment in action
- Through rigorous analysis of assessments at Standards Committee meetings
How is this used to inform Ofsted inspections?
- Inspectors will see how assessment, teaching and leadership are linked
- Inspectors will be able to assess our judgments against national benchmarks
In summary, assessment at Whitchurch is used to drive improvements in order for every child to ‘Be the Best they can Be’