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To see our full curriculum click here


For all schools in England and Wales there is a statutory National Curriculum. This consists of the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science – and other subjects known as foundation subjects which are –computing, history, geography, design and technology, art and design, music and physical education (PE). Religious education (RE) is also a required subject. Other subjects make up the whole curriculum, including personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) and, for older children, French.  We teach phonics from Reception class, and use 'Letters and Sounds' as our scheme.

While there are compulsory subjects in the whole school curriculum, parents do have a right to withdraw their children from religious education and from acts of collective worship.

We are particularly proud at West Cliff of our commitment to high quality sport delivered by specialist sports coaches, the high quality Music provision delivered by specialist teachers and the specialist Art lessons delivered by a dedicated Art teacher. 

The curriculum, teaching and learning are organised in 3 Key Stages :

The Foundation Stage – Reception age children’ ages 4 - 5

Key Stage 1 (KS1) – includes children in Years 1 and 2, ages 5 - 7

Key Stage 2 (KS2) – includes those children in Years 3 – 6, ages 7 – 11

Statutory assessments are carried out at the end of each Key Stage by means of external tests (SATs) and teacher assessment.


British Values

We work hard with our children to promote the values of democracy, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. We are delighted to have been awarded the Stonewall Bronze Award for our commitment to this work.







Love has no labels.



This is how we teach maths!



As Whitby is geographically isolated, and our children get few opportunities to meet those of other faiths, we feel RE is a vital part of our curriculum. Each year we visit a different place of worship and have travelled to a mosque, Gurdwara, Buddhist temple and synagogue. In addition we have regular visits to local churches, themed days in school for occasions such as Diwali, and we work regularly with the Islamic Diversity Centre.





Primary Science Quality Mark Gold!

We have recently been awarded the primary science quality mark award with the highest score of gold!







This is how we teach science!


Artsmark Gold Award

At West Cliff we believe that The Arts plays a vital part in our curriculum. We have been awarded Artsmark Gold and are an accredited Artsaward centre.







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Sainsburys Schools Games Gold Award

In November 2016 we were delighted to receive the Sportsmark Gold Award for a second time . The criteria passed to achieve this included: Children performing at County level, over 75% of Key Stage 2 children attending extra curricular activities and Year 6 children becoming young sports leaders.

We are very proud of this award and we are one of the very few primary schools to receive the Gold Award.






Beach School

We are a beach school and are very committed to learning outside of the classroom. Here are some examples of our work:

Learners Outside the Classroom

Here is our school beach handbook.


70 things to do on Whitby Beach



Our Curriculum

“Children only come this way once so we should litter their pathways with quality experiences –education is making visible what is hidden as a seed”

At West Cliff we believe in having a creative curriculum that caters for the learning styles of all children. Our Curriculum contains all statutory elements previously mentioned, but it is built around a central theme each term. This theme is for all of our classes which encourages our older and younger children to work collaboratively and it also enables us to go on whole school trips. We feel that this approach really capitalises upon our family ethos in school. It also means that learning is linked which makes it more real. We believe that this creative approach really does make learning more fun!.

Our topics for the academic year 2018/19


Term 1 - How has transport changed people's lives?

Term 2 – What can we learn about early History?

Term 3 – How can we save our planet?

We try to cover as many curriculum areas as possible through this topic but there are occasions when we still need to teach some subjects separately. For examples of some of the topics we have already covered, look on our website on the class pages.

“All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents"

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