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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

Learning today for life tomorrow

Our Curriculum

At WJS we know that we are responsible for successfully moulding the next generation, no matter what their starting point, so that they can succeed in later life. We understand that their experiences at WJS help form the basis for their life experiences, their life choices and how much they love learning. At WJS, we work together, as a team, with all staff and the community, to ensure that our children’s learning experiences are relevant, exciting and help them to become the well-rounded, caring and successful adults that they can be…’Learning today, for life tomorrow’. We ensure that our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the all of the pupils in our school and the community they live in. The curriculum at WJS is underpinned by our curriculum drivers; adventure, resilience, community, independence, challenge and curiosity, which we constantly consider, when deciding how and what we teach. We have pledged to enable our children to feel safe to take risks; explore concepts in a deep meaningful and progressive way and to always strive for greatness. This will be seen in the increased confidence, resilience and eloquence of our children and the high standard of learning outcomes evidenced around the school and in their books.

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The curriculum drivers which we constantly consider when deciding how and what we teach are:



We want our children to develop an understanding of where they live and the wider world they belong to. Through learning about a diverse range of cultures in society, we want them to develop understanding, tolerance and acceptance. Our children will develop respect and care for each other, the environment and the wider community.



We want our children to develop their ability to overcome obstacles and believe they are strong enough to persevere. They should sit comfortably with failure and understand that mistakes are an essential part of learning. We want them to develop the skills they need to gain independence and grow for both learning and life.



We want our children to grasp adventure with both hands. Learning at our school is filled with exploration, opportunities to be inquisitive and, at every juncture, moments of awe and wonder. Taking risks is encouraged through experiences in the classroom and through outdoor learning where development of their imagination is fundamental.



We want our children to use their environment to tackle problems. We want them to take ownership of their learning and know how and when to seek support. We strive to enable them to develop the confidence to voice their understanding of the values underpinning our school ethos.



We want our children to thrive on being inquisitive learners who are prepared to take risks and question outcomes. We want them to feel energised and driven by challenge, so that they are never de-motivated by mistakes or obstacles.



We want our children to have an urge to explore and seek new learning. We want them ask questions and be enthused when they come across new learning. We strive to constantly expand their imaginations and understanding of the wider world through enquiry and enterprise.