Thomas Whitehead C of E VA Primary School

Thomas Whitehead CE Academy

A member of the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust

Believing & Achieving together

Church School
Xtranet VLE

Key Stage 2 (Upper)

Key Stage 2


A high quality education in English will teach children to speak, read and write fluently and enable them to participate fully as a member of society. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy, we strive to promote high standards of literacy, by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature, through widespread reading for enjoyment.

We aim to ensure children:

- read fluently, with good understanding;

- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information; (buddy reading)

- acquire a wide vocabulary, understanding and knowledge of grammar through shared and guided reading and writing;

- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;

- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences; (Big Write and extended writing opportunities across the whole curriculum)

- use discussion in order to learn and be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;

- use whole class, gyided and shared reading to develop comprehension and understanding;

- are able to make formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


Confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills is a precondition of success across the National Curriculum. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy , we understand that a high-quality mathematics education provides, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the wonder of mathematics, provide a range of real life application of mathematical skills and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our maths curriculum is supported by The White Rose Scheme of work.

We aim to ensure children:

- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practise, with increasingly complex problems over time;

- develop an ability to recall knowledge and apply arithmetic rapidly and accurately

- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying relationships and using mathematical language to explain and apply their knowledge and understanding;

- develop multiplication tables knowledge through the use of ‘Flourish’ APP

- provide children of all ages with opportunities to use concrete apparatus and visual representations:

- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.


Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity and opens up a wide range of opportunities. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy, we teach children the essential knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and encourage them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

We aim to ensure children:

- develop scientific knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics;

- gain an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries;

- are confident in asking and answering scientific questions about the world around them; (Science fair)

- understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.


A high-quality computing education equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy we are continually developing our computing curriculum so that pupils become digitally literate and are able to express themselves as active participants in a technologically advanced world.

We are developing a curriculum which we aim to ensure that children:

- can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;

- can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs;

- can evaluate and apply information technology to solve problems

- are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology;

- are responsible for themselves and others’ e- safety when using all forms of technology.

Art and design

 Our art and design curriculum is designed to equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They also learn how art contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation by studying some of our great designers and artists.

We aim to ensure children:

- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences; (Art week)

- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;

- evaluate and appreciate creative works using the language of art, craft and design;

- know about great artists and designers and understand the historical and culture development of their art forms;

- provide children with first hand experiences of galleries and exhibitions.

Design and Technology

At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy the children are given opportunities to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. They learn how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

We aim to ensure children:

- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks and to participate successfully in an increasing technological world;

- build and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make products;

- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products;

- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

- grow and harvest fruit and vegetables from the school garden (Garden Club)


A high-quality geography education inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  We enable children to develop a rich knowledge of places both local and distant, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


We aim to ensure children:

- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, including their defining physical and human characteristics;

- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world;

- are competent in the skills needed to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. (map reading)


History learning is vital in enabling children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We aim to ensure children:

- know the chronological history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;

- understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world;

- gain an understanding of historical terms;

- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used;

- understand significant local historical events through visits and visitors.

Languages (KS2)

Learning a foreign language is liberating and provides an opening to other cultures. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy, we employ a specialist language teacher to teach French across Key Stage 2 and provide a balance of spoken and written language, enabling children to communicate for practical purposes as well as developing an understanding of the French culture.

We aim to ensure children:

- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French;

- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures;

- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand them;

- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing;

- engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to others;

- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.


We are dedicated to inspiring children to develop a love of music and grow as musicians, increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We provide the children a variety of high quality experiences through the employment of a specialist teacher.

We aim to ensure children:

- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of periods, genres, styles and traditions;(Joint concerts)

- learn to sing and use their voices to create and compose music; (Concerts)

- learn to play a range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments.

Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.  We are committed to providing opportunities for children to become physically confident through the employment of specialist teachers. We aim to ensure that the children compete in sport and activities which build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.

We aim to ensure children:

  • develop confidence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time;
  • engage in competitive sports and team activities;
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Religious Education

R.E plays an important role in developing children’s moral awareness and social understanding as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum. It promotes community cohesion and helps children to appreciate the rich cultural diversity in Britain today. At Thomas Whitehead CE Academy we use Understanding Christianity  and units of work from the St Albans Diocese RE Units of workf work.

We aim to ensure children:

  • consider challenging questions;
  • explore their own beliefs;
  • build their sense of identity and belonging;
  • develop respect for others;
  • reflect on their responsibilities;
  • develop a basic understanding of other key religions;
  • visit a range of different religious settings.

Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE provides a foundation for children’s learning and development in all other areas. We value the importance of PSHE in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life helping them to become resilient and develop positive self esteem. We use materials from a range of different sources to enhance our PSHE curriculum.

We aim to ensure children:

  • value themselves and others;
  • form positive relationships;
  • - raise aspirations;
  • make sensible choices; 
  • communicate effectively with others;
  • take an active role in the community;
  • become healthy individuals;
  • develop an economic wellbeing;
  • develop a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe when on line.