Curriculum Intent Statement
At Whiston Junior and Infant School, we follow the National Curriculum. Through this lens, we provide opportunities for children to progress through the national curriculum objectives and make links through subject domains and through key concepts. We aim to develop children as independent, confident and successful learners whom have high aspirations, and who also know how to make a positive contribution to their community and a wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s reading skills throughout all areas of the curriculum whilst also developing their moral, spiritual, social and cultural capital and understanding. Whiston Junior and Infant School ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
Whiston Junior and Infant School provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential to develop age appropriate knowledge, vocabulary and skills. Those who are most able are challenged, encouraging to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities. Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support to embed their knowledge and skills, to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
Whiston Junior and Infant School’s focus on curriculum development is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression of knowledge and skills. This is even more important, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, as many children found learning difficult in their home environment, therefore many did not meet their end of year milestones.
Our recovery curriculum, as a response to the lockdown, ensures a holistic approach to ensure that we meet the social and emotional needs of all our children as well as their academic.
It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can apply a range of transferable learning skills: resilience, reflection, collaboration, curiosity and independence.
The primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strengths and interests to prepare them for the next stage in their academic and social journey.
Sport has a high profile at Whiston Junior and Infant School, and pupils are introduced to a huge variety of activities. Traditional sports such as netball and football are complemented by cricket, golf, table tennis, running, athletics, tag rugby, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, and seasonal weekly swimming sessions. Giving sport a focus across Whiston Junior and Infant School has engaged many children including children with SEN.
The school also excels in art – providing quality opportunities for students to share their creative talents. Over time our art gallery has showcased many whole school projects, such as ‘Africa,’ ‘Lest we Forget’ and The Tin Forest’ and also celebrates individual artistic and creative achievement.
Whiston Junior and Infant School provides opportunities for extended school provision and plans a range of activities to promote children’s physical and mental health and well-being. Our ‘family style’ Breakfast Club - when COVID restrictions allow us to - encourages children to engage in a range of activities including playing board games, table tennis and table football across year groups whilst also offering mindfulness activities, such as arts and crafts and listening to music. We also give learners an opportunity to access a variety of clubs after school hours and during lunch times.
Subject leaders play an important part in the success of our curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The innovative practice across Whiston provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to work in teams and develop social skills both indoors and out. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors, when restrictions all into Whiston, are also well designed to enhance the curriculum.