Welcome to Whiston Junior and Infant School

Engaging Minds ... Developing Lives

At Whiston we have worked had on creating a bespoke curriculum - Our EPIC Curriculum. It provides our children with 'real-life' and engaging learning experiences and endeavors to foster a love for life-long learning. Our curriculum encourages all children to develop an 'I can' attitude and for them to discover the power of 'yet'. Additionally, embedded within our EPIC curriculum are our five key 'Learning to Learn Skills:' resilience, collaboration, creativity, curiosity and independence. We encourage and celebrate the development of these throughout all areas of school and home life. 

To inspire the children of Whiston to be the best they can and also to provide them with experiences outside of home and school, we plan opportunities for them to visit the theatre, museums, coast, forests, cities and take part in residentials,. which provides children with opportunites to 'take risks.' We also invite a range of visitors into school including authors, musicians, sports people, scientists and others from business to talk in assemblies and workshops.Through these experiences and a range of engaging teaching and learning strategies including enquiry, our EPIC curriculum aims to develop children's academic, personal, physical, emotional and social skills and their knowledge and understanding to prepare them for life.
 

Actions for 2019/20:

Action one is to strengthen the teaching and learning of reading further by engaging children in a world of literature. Our curriculum intent is to enable all our children to be immersed in a vocabulary rich environment , which provides opportunities to develop their oracy skills by reading, listening to and discussing a range of quality text by inspiring authors. Our curriculum intends to provide children with further opportunities to develop their reasoning and comprehnsion skills and aims to nurture a 'sense of community towards a love of reading' through the development of a new school library.

Action two is to further embed our Nature Detectives Curriculum by providing children more opportunities for enquiry and ask those 'what if' and 'why' questions to find out more about the world they are living in. Our ‘Nature Detective’ initiative provides opportunities for children to learn through practical activities in an outdoor environment and enjoy the freedom to explore the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Nature Detective embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of all our children whilst also developing children's innovation, questionning, problem solving, reasoning, risk taking, creativity and teamwork skills.

 

 

Our 'EPIC' curriculum in action: An whole school enquiry question -

What can you tell me about the history and geography of Africa?

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