At Whitehall we believe that every child is unique and that we are in a very privileged position to be part of their learning journey.
We put children's rights at the heart of school life, through our curriculum, policies and practice. We support pupils to develop into active, respected and engaged citizens; their role in initiating positive change in the world is key.
We strive to ensure that our pupils feel happy, safe and confident- both in and outside of school- knowing that they have supportive relationships with the school adults who care for them. A child rights-based approach underpins our whole school values, ethos and culture. Through this we work together to empower all members of our school community.
Our curriculum is a values based curriculum and we have just started our journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School which places the Rights of the Child at the core of all that we encompass. This is set within a framework where knowledge and skills are also valued as children acquire the elements which will help them carve out their own destinies and pathways. Critical thinking and being open to new ideas and challenge, and having a thirst for knowledge, without being afraid or dissuaded, is one of our key aims.
We do not shy away from topical content and we are always changing our topics and curriculum content to ensure our pupils are exposed to the latest in thought and debate. We believe that by equipping our pupils with opportunities to explore their own voice and opinions, whilst respecting the rights of others, is one of the strongest values we are most proud of embodying and promoting.
Philosophy for Children lessons and lessons based on the Sustainable Development Goals underpin our curriculum and give our children a cannon through which all of their learning is undertaken.
Rights Respecting School
We have started on our journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School. This is part of UNICEF’s work to ensure:
- Children are healthier and happier
- Children feel safe
- Children have better relationships
- Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world
The Sustainable Development Goals, developed by the UN, are a collection of 17 objectives. The aim of these is to bring about peace, prosperity and balance across the world, both now and in future generations. At Whitehall, we build learning around these goals to spark discussion regarding economic, social and environmental needs across the globe.
The UNCRC articles provide our school community with an understanding of how we can challenge, change and support global issues. We endeavour to help pupils become rights-bearers, both in our community and globally, through pupil voice, campaigns and charity work.
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Environmental education is important to us at Whitehall Primary School. Through embedding Forest School outdoor learning, we provide the children with access to a rich curriculum that allows them to explore and experience the natural world.
Forest School also enables children to have ample opportunities to build their confidence and self-esteem, as well as have a deeper understanding of environmental issues, their rights and responsibilities within both our local and the wider environment. These skills and knowledge are useful for our children as life-long learners, throughout their primary years at Whitehall and beyond.