Our computing curriculum comprises a number of different strands: digital literacy, coding, data handling and using technology in the wider world. Each year group builds on the skills taught during the previous year to ensure that by Year 6, students are confident using technology, including a range of different programmes, apps and websites. Our curriculum is based on Purple Mash
Apps on the iPads and tablets are utilised to teach skills such as animation, music creation and e-books. Purple Mash and Office software are embedded in the curriculum.
RELATIONSHIP & SEX EDUCATION (RSE)
Relationships and Sex Education is lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, for family life.
Our RSE programme has been created to take into account the learning needs, maturity and emotional development of our pupils and is tailored to their individual needs, aiming to enable them to make positive decisions in their lives.
RSE takes place within the Jigsaw PSHE programme of study, but aspects will also be taught during RE and within our Science lessons as part of the programme of study for the National Curriculum.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL HEALTH & CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION (PSHE)
Here at Whitehills, we use the Jigsaw scheme throughout the school to deliver PHSE and RSE. This is a comprehensive Scheme of Learning for PSHE Education including Emotional Literacy, Social Skills and Spiritual Development.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:
Term 1: Being Me in My World
Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
Term 3: Dreams and Goals
Term 4: Healthy Me
Term 5: Relationships
Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons) which work towards an ‘end product’, for example, The School Learning Charter or The Garden of Dreams and Goals
We also cover safeguarding themes through the following:
- anti-bullying week takes place in the Autumn Term;
- RSE is included in the scheme that we follow for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6;
- E-Safety week and a constant reminder through weekly assemblies the importance of staying safe on line. We use National Online Safety (NOS) to support e-safety.
Assemblies cover elements of current topics in the news or celebrations. In addition, the teaching of the core British Values and School Rules outline how these are exemplified in our own school values.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
We follow the Northamptonshire agreed syllabus scheme throughout the school (SACRE). This provides a broad and balanced programme of RE which reflects three key areas.
- include a study of the key beliefs and practices of religions and other world views, including those represented in Northamptonshire
- provide opportunities to explore key religious concepts and common human questions of meaning, purpose and value
- enable pupils to investigate how beliefs affect moral decisions and identity, exploring both diversity and shared human values. These three areas together will nurture pupils’ religious literacy. They are reflected in the aims here.
The Local Agreed Syllabus for RE requires all pupils to investigate:
- The beliefs and practices of religions and other world views, including:
- beliefs and authority: core beliefs and concepts; sources of authority including written traditions and leaders
- worship and spirituality: how individuals and communities express belief, commitment and emotion.
- How religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value, including:
- the nature of religion and belief and its key concepts
- ultimate questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
- How religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity, including:
- moral decisions: teachings of religions and other world views on moral and ethical questions, evaluation, reflection and critical responses
- identity and diversity: diversity among and within religions and other world views; individual and community responses to difference and shared human values.
HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY
History and Geography form an important part of our curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum and embrace a broad-spectrum of stimulating topics. As a school, we aim to wholly develop each child’s geographical and historical skills, understanding and knowledge. Consequently, our lessons are well planned, highly engaging and challenge all abilities. Other curriculum areas are incorporated into learning to ensure high levels of motivation and interest from the children.
We teach a knowledge rich curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners the skills needed to succeed in life.