Classes and Curriculum

School organisation and classes.
We currently have 144 pupils on roll. All of our classes have mixed year groups and sometimes we have to split year groups. This gives our children the opportunity to work with children who are younger or older than the year group that they are in and allows them to develop good cooperative work skills. It also gives them experience of being the older role models and helps them to develop leadership skills. Currently we have five classes, two in Key stage 1, and three in Key stage 2.
 
Curriculum
Because we have mixed classes we work to a two year rolling curriculum plan (with a few tweaks). This ensures that all children cover all of the programmes of study for each subject. The curriculum is based on themes with explicit teaching of some areas such as phonics, grammar and punctuation and mental maths strategies. Each term we send out curriculum newsletters for each class so that you know what your child is learning and can help support them at home. The curriculum newsletters can be found on each classes page. Click on the class links to find out more about each classes curriculum and to see pictures of the classes at work.

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum. All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every Key Stage.

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.

 
The websites listed below will also help you to support your childrens home learning.

Useful websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/  - lots of things for all areas of the curriculum

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/ - maths, English and science activities for key stage two

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/ - maths and English activities and games

http://www.engagingscience.org/games/ challenging science website, particularly good for upper key stage two

http://www.chemicroc.com/ - science activities for all primary ages

http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/science/simulations.htm - science activities for key stage two
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/games/index.htm - lots of maths and English games to play for key stage one

Curriculum Enrichment at Whimple.
We are absolutely committed to ensuring that our children receive a broad and balanced curriculum which is further enhanced and enriched by using opportunities in our locality and further afield to bring our children's learning alive. We have excellent links with our local community and use many of the villages resources to support learning.
We recognise the importance of being able to respond to local and national events and reflect these in our curriculum to promote active citizenship.
Find below our detailed calculation policies to help you support your child in mathematics throughout their primary education.