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Whiteabbey Primary School
20-30 Old Manse Road, BT37 0RU, UK Newtownabbey
Tel. 02890 862185
www:http://www.whiteheadps.utvinternet.come-mail:



At Whitehead Primary School the learning experiences we offer

our pupils provide a healthy balance between endeavour and

enjoyment.

In our school, children will feel secure and valued as individuals.

All children are encouraged in their learning, growth and social

development within a healthy, caring and safe environment.


One of the core values of the school is to celebrate children’s

achievements in every area and create an atmosphere where

children develop in self-confidence and in self esteem.


In our school mutual respect is shared.

Curriculum

Literacy

Literacy opens the door to all learning. In Whitehead Primary School children are
introduced to reading and writing from Year one. Vivid and imaginative displays,

featuring the children’s attainment in literacy, can be seen throughout the school. A

keen interest in books is fostered through shared and modelled reading. The school has

an extensive and vibrant library, manned by parent volunteers.

Children have a strong desire to write for themselves and your child will be nurtured

and encouraged to do this, from early years. A carefully planned programme ensures

that your child will build skills in spelling, punctuation, handwriting and grammar.

Written communication is greatly enhanced by the use of computers and children readily

use their extensive word-processing skills to produce written reports in other

curricular subjects.



Numeracy

In our primary school maths is exciting and is relevant to everyday life. Your child will

learn about shapes, tell the time, use metric measures, estimate distances, understand

angles, read and interpret graphs. Along with all of this they will still learn their

tables and do ‘their sums.’

Your child will also use computer equipment and a wide range of maths games and

equipment to help him or her understand these topics in an interesting way.

Your child will be using maths in other subjects, such as science, geography and P.E.

Maths is all around us.

Science and Technology

The aim of our science curriculum is to equip children with the knowledge and skills to

understand and appreciate the world in which we live.

Your child will gain key skills such as observation, prediction, recording, comparing and

classifying.

Importance is placed on practical and investigative work and your child will be

encouraged to ask questions, communicate and share their ideas.


Geography

The extensive grounds to our school and its coastal location provide many opportunities

for your child to study, at first hand, a range of geographical concepts.

The changing seasons are observed in our wildlife garden and pond area. Organized

outings to the seaside, around the town and into the surrounding countryside to allow

children to experience our many and varied natural resources here in Whitehead.


History

Our children are fortunate to live in an area with such a wealth of history.

Whitehead is home to the Northern Ireland Railway Preservation Society and it was

once a thriving seaside resort. Buildings throughout the town reflect this history and

your child will have opportunity to explore these through the activities on the

‘Whitehead trail.’


Music

Your child will receive music input on a weekly basis throughout the year. These

regular class lessons give opportunity for your child to listen to, perform, appraise and

compose music. We have a school choir of around eighty children who enthusiastically

participate in a wide range of events. Bi-annually a musical is performed that will

involve all of the children in Key Stage two. Children in the nursery unit and key stage

one all participate annually in a Christmas performance.

A peripatetic string teacher provides individual violin lessons for selected pupils from

year five, six and seven, once a week.


Art and Design

Art and design is highly valued by staff and pupils in our school and pieces of children’s

art are exhibited throughout the school in constantly changing displays. Your child will

be taught to experiment with a wide range of art materials and will have the

opportunity to record observations about the world around them through drawing,

painting, printmaking, modelling and textiles.

Your child will also be encouraged to evaluate their creative work and the work of

other artists. On two occasions, artists have been invited to the school to work

alongside the children.

After School Clubs

At our school a wide variety of after school activities and

clubs are available.

The timetable is as follows:-

Mondays &

Wednesdays: A variety of sports, taken by the teachers

(see additional information)

Tuesdays: Ju-jitsu (2 classes)

Thursdays:Short Tennis (3 classes available)

Fridays: Monkeynastix (2. 00p.m.- 2.45p.m.)




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