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Our Enquiry Based Curriculum

Enquiry based learning at Whitehouse Community Primary School provides an opportunity for children to act as facilitators of their curriculum.


Each year group follows a topic for a half-term. Within the topic, the teacher plans for learning opportunities using children's previous knowledge and their interests. The topics cover geography and history elements of the National Curriculum but are fundamentally cross-curricular incorporating all aspects of learning.


Through this approach children are encouraged to research, investigate and problem solve to inform their learning. This approach encourages children to take ownership of their learning and become engaged, independent and motivated.


Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, using a variety of teaching and learning styles including:


  • Whole class teaching,
  • Collaborative work including, pairs and small group work,
  • Independent work,
  • WOW opportunities that include trips, visitors, visual, auditory and tactile elements.


In addition to the skills linked to particular curriculum areas, we also concentrate on the teaching of our core learning behaviours known as, 'The Whitehouse Way'. These consist of courage, perseverance, responsibility and reflection. These are interwoven throughout our curriculum.


To find out more about the exciting curriculum at Whitehouse Community Primary, please see the separate curriculum section where the co-ordinators of each subject have shared their aims.


The basic skills of English and Maths are not only taught during Maths and English lessons. At Whitehouse Community Primary School, we believe that additional time is needed to support specific areas. These include: handwriting, grammar, spelling and number skills. We therefore created a 'Basic Skills' element to our curriculum. The time table of the carousel to support the teaching of these skills in KS2 and the 'Early Morning Work' plan for KS1 can be found below, alongside the year group links for the Enquiry Curriculum.