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Whoberley Hall

Primary School

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Curriculum Planning

Our Whoberley Curriculum Planning

We have spent time ensuring that our curriculum is carefully mapped out so that each year is filled with a wide variety of topics to stimulate children’s natural curiosity, creating a ‘knowledge- rich’ curriculum which sits at the heart of our learning journey. We have ensured that these topics are aligned with the National Curriculum objectives, broken down into milestones ensuring a rich and balanced curriculum for all our children. Each topic seeks to engage the children and provides opportunities to increase their knowledge, develop basic skills, introduce new concepts, and inspire curiosity. Our curriculum is designed to enable children to make connections within their learning so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. 

We feel it is important to make learning knowledge ‘stick’ through schemas made up of many interconnected webs – the bigger these webs become, the easier it is to acquire related information and recall it. Using curriculum lenses throughout the school supports our pupils in building these schemas across different subjects. For example, displaying and discussing the ‘Conflict’ lens in History during a Year 5 WW2 lesson can be linked back to previous Historic topics the pupils have been exposed to and allows children to add to their knowledge and understanding of ‘Conflict’ over time. Similarly, displaying and discussing the ‘Physical Processes’ lens in Geography throughout a Year 1 lesson on seasonal changes and pupils seeing this again in Year 4 when exploring extreme weather supports and encourages pupils to make deeper connections adding to their schema on physical geography.

In taking this approach, foundation subject themes are not taught in isolation and instead contribute to learning over time, where pupils connect and build on prior knowledge. Each 'lesson' as its own focus and objective but ultimately contributes to a wider narrative. 


Example Historical Lens Progression

Whoberley Hall Primary School Values


To be kind is more important than to be right...Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens Rishika Jain


I have learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it Nelson Mandella


Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we fear less Marie Curie


"If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh


Respect is a mirror, the more you show it to other people, the more they will reflect it back Anonymous