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Our Curriculum

At Whitehouse Common Primary School we aim to tailor education to individual need, interest and aptitude so as to fulfil every child's potential. Every pupil will have access to a creative, rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum We recognise that every child has a different knowledge base and skill set, as well as varying aptitudes and aspirations; therefore every young person's needs will be assessed and their talents developed through diverse teaching strategies.

 

At Whitehouse Common Primary School this means all teachers and teaching staff have the responsibility to ensure that they offer a curriculum and a range of teaching approaches which ally high standards in Basic Skills with opportunities for enrichment, creativity and physical activity thus promoting and ensuring enjoyment and excellence for all.

 

We aim for our children to be ACHIEVERS and to:

  • Be respectful and productive members of the community
  • Develop inquisitive minds, have a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning
  • Be equipped with the skills to fully participate in an ever-changing world
  • Have high expectations and self-belief to enable them to fulfil their potential
  • Reflect on their learning and seek to extend themselves; mentally, physically and spiritually
  • Persevere and learn from their mistakes
  • Have the courage and confidence to take calculated risks

 

This is our philosophy of how we want to work and learn and these aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school. We also have a Teaching and Learning Policy which overarches all of our curriculum policies. Furthermore, the School adopts the Birmingham Curriculum Statement, the principle of which is that ALL children in Birmingham will experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to grow and learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality.

 

It will prepare them for adult life by

  • Enabling them to play an active role in their school and community
  • Experiencing a culturally rich and diverse life
  • Develop and benefit from a range of positive relationships

Teaching British Values

 

Promoting British Values at Whitehouse Common Primary School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

 

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At Whitehouse Common Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. We have a pupil council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Whitehouse Common. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. There are our Class Rules, Playground Rules and E-Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

 

Individual Liberty

At Whitehouse Common Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.

 

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Whitehouse Common Primary is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Our curriculum and our links with other schools, both local and global, illustrate our commitment to exploring our school community and local community. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

To find out more about our curriculum, please feel free to browse the Subject pages, or contact the school office if you have any queries. 

The School Day - Times

Nursery - Acorns Building

Morning session:

Start: 9:00am

Collect: 12:00pm

Afternoon Session:

Start: 12:00pm

Collect: 3:00pm

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 - Acorns Building

Morning: 8:50am - 12:00pm

Afternoon: 1:00pm - 3:20pm

Key Stage 2 - Oaks Building

Morning: 8:50am - 12:40pm

Afternoon: 1:40pm - 3:30pm

 

Children should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of the day.

Teachers will be on duty in classrooms to care for your children from 8:40am.