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Religious Education is taught according to the agreed syllabus for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. At Whitecliffe Academy we help children explore Christianity and other belief systems, encouraging positive attitudes towards beliefs and values of others, whilst allowing children to develop their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, preparing all children for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life.
We make provision for a daily act of collective worship which also incorporate opportunities for children to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning within these sessions:
Monday morning- Collective Worship led by the Head Teacher
Tuesday afternoon – Class assembly where children work together across the age range to promote citizenship, responsibility and an understanding of current affairs.
Wednesday – Whole school singing assembly
Thursday – SMSC assembly, providing opportunities for children to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning.
Friday – Celebration Assembly to develop positive attitudes to learning and work ethic where parents are invited into school to see children receive awards for their individual hard work and effort, team work, attendance, uniform and sporting achievements.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship.
At Whitecliffe Academy, we are tremendously proud of our pupils sporting achievements and aim to give every child the opportunity to participate in as large a range of sports and other physical activity as possible. Our main aim is for each child to try their best and reach their full potential by developing skills and enjoyment in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. We also hope that, with support, they will adopt a healthy lifestyle outside school and in later life. We have a wide range of activities and clubs which allows pupils to participate and achieve in a fun, safe environment. Clubs include:
The programmes of study that we deliver are also aimed at developing an understanding of the need for safety, develop co-ordination, self-confidence, co-operation and enjoyment. We teach our children “Physical Literacy” that includes physical, thinking, social and emotional skills. We participate in many festivals organised by our School Sports Partnership and enjoy visiting new places and making friends with children from other schools and academies.
Children are divided into 3 teams, Endeavour, Resolution and Discovery. Each child is given a PE kit in the colour of their house. Every year we have a Sports day and all the children have the opportunity to try a variety of modern and more traditional events. The winning team is presented with a large shield for the year which is engraved and then displayed in the hall.
We have been awarded the “Platinum” Kitemark for the last two years in recognition of our success and commitment towards physical activity, PE and school sport.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
We adopt the Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme of study and deliver lessons from this which aim to promote good patterns of behaviour. The academy provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves as developing individuals, to become responsible members of their community and to learn skills to problem solve and overcome/prevent issues occurring.
All classes in the academy follow our Sex and Relationships Education Programme known as Lucinda and Godfrey; Within this programme we teach children about: the physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults; the way humans reproduce; respect for their own bodies and the importance of sexual activity as part of a committed, long-term, and loving relationship; the importance of family life; moral questions; relationship issues; respect for the views of other people; sexual abuse, and what they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters. See our Sex and Relationship Policy for further information.
The biological aspects of sex education form the core but significant emphasis is placed on the importance of the family, love and relationships. All follow up work is handled with sensitivity and honesty.
Sex education is given in the school during the Summer Term of Year 6.The School Nurse pays a visit to our academy during Year Six to discuss “Growing Up” and “Changes to our Bodies” both boys and girls are involved in these sessions. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education programme.
Our new growing music provision offers all children in KS2 the chance to learn a musical instrument; across years 3, 4 and 5. This takes the form of weekly recorder lessons with the opportunity to experience other musical instruments in this time. For progression, in year 6, children are given the chance to learn flute, clarinet and guitar lessons. All children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument through the Tees Valley Music Service however there may be a cost involved.
Across the academy, children are encouraged to participate in various activities that include Listening and Appraising, Composition and Performance. Class lessons include the development of creative music using a variety of tuned and untuned musical instruments. The school has various Musicians who visit throughout the year that provide extra musical activities to support the Curriculum across Key Stage One and Two. The enjoyment of singing plays an important role during class lessons, assemblies and music time.
We aim to provide a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. The children will explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of the children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments. Pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure, allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps and develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, Computing, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Children develop the appropriate skills, concepts and knowledge through the study of Romans; Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain; Life in Tudor Times; Victorian Britain; Ancient Greece; The Aztecs; Local History.
Opportunities are given for children to develop skills in investigating, designing, making and assessing, as well as learning how to competently use a variety of tools and materials.
Art is important in its own right and in the contribution it makes to other areas of the curriculum. Opportunity is given for the children to use a variety of materials and to acquire skills and techniques which develop creative and imaginative expression.
Children in KS2 are beginning to learn French with the aim of developing a working knowledge of basic written and spoken French. To support this we aim to employ a French Teaching Assistant to further develop our children and staff.
Computing is a fundamental subject for children in the 21st century. Pupils at Whitecliffe are given the opportunity to develop a great understanding of computing. View our computing overview for each year group below.
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