At Whitley and Eggborough CP School, we are very proud of our Mission Possible curriculum.
Since 2010, the school has been working on curriculum development and, as a result has now developed its own curriculum, ‘Mission Possible’, which is being used throughout school.
Mission Possible is a problem solving based approach to teaching and learning, “an approach to the whole curriculum.” In order for children to understand the world in which they live, the teacher facilitates work on real life situations, based around current affairs. Although the curriculum is very much directed by the children, who work in focused teams, the teacher, as enabler, provides a context for learning through visionary opportunities, in the form of missions (challenges, problems and enterprises). This independent learning ensures that your children are immersed in judging situations, problem solving, questioning, presentation and innovation. In order to find a solution to a given problem (mission), they work in teams together. When planning their work for the mission the children have to consider a number of essential elements: questioning, innovation, research, environment, sustainability, community involvement, lifestyle and presentation. Planning is very much child led with each team working together in order to find a solution to the mission they have been set. The children develop their own success criteria, thus identifying the skills needed for the task. The teacher supports, often adding additional problems and challenges in order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The application of reading, writing, communication and mathematics skills can be clearly seen within Mission Possible’.
This curriculum really is something to be celebrated. Pupils are engaged and enthused; they work together independently and collaboratively, they take on specific roles and responsibilities, question, negotiate and solve problems.
If you would like to come in to school to see Mission Possible in action, please contact the school.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
We use a combination of reading schemes as children progress. For example: Phonics songbirds, Fireflies and Oxford Reading Tree. These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children's reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and choose their own books.
EYFS Early Years Outcomes
At Whitley and Eggborough school we promote 'British Values' through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is implemented through the schools curriculum and supports the development of children. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
'British Values' have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a 'voice' to communicate. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each 'voice' and listening and responding we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. Our school has a school council which meet on a regular basis and representatives from each class share their peers thoughts and ideas.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behavior, each class makes their own class rules. At Whitley and Eggborough we help pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We help pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. The staff are committed to providing a consistent environment in school which helps pupils to feel safe and secure, this in turn promotes optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils at Whitley and Eggborough are encouraged to become good citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and Macmillan Cancer. Through our 'Dragon Points' system children also support four chosen charities and every point earned, earns 1p for charity. We adopt a Caring, Helping and sharing (CHAS) ethos throughout school, and children are encouraged to live by these values everyday. In doing this we can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
We promote each pupil's inclusion, in a range of activities, settings and locations. The children in Early Years have opportunities to integrate with other children at the local nursery schools and they visit Whitley and Eggborough on a regular basis. Pupils from other Key Stages go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: Choir singing at the senior citizen Christmas party, sports events at other schools in the local area, Young voices and other community events. It is important to facilitate opportunities that include the wider school community and throughout the year we organize events in which we encourage families as a whole to attend.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
At Whitley and Eggborough School each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We respect the right for each of us to be an individual and allow others to follow beliefs that we ourselves may not have. Whitley and Eggborough enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education and PSHCE. As a school, we take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil 'fair play' and promote 'team spirit'.