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The East Whitby Way…

Each year you will meet with your Child’s class teacher to go through the curriculum and expectations for the year ahead. You will be given a copy of their learning for the year at this meeting, so you are aware of what they will be doing, if you are an expert on any of the projects please let your child’s teacher know so we can use you!

At East Whitby Academy we are proud to take a “Projects Based Learning” approach to our Curriculum…but what does Project Based or “PBL” mean?

Project based learning is a teaching approach in which we gain knowledge, understanding and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, challenging, engaging and at times difficult question or statement. A short video explaining Project Based learning can be found here:


at the end of each project the children will produce a “Product” this is shared with the public in some way. At East Whitby, although we ensure full curriculum coverage through our progression of skills, we respond to the interests of the classes we teach. Our curriculum grows each year because of this so you won’t see Year 4 learning about the Vikings year on year. Within each Project Based unit you will see the following things built upon and developed:

Key Knowledge, understanding and success skills. The project is focused on learning goals, these include curriculum-based content and skills development such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, achievement and self-management.

Sustained enquiry we all engage in the rigorous process of asking questions, finding resources and applying information. Adults and children ask the questions at East Whitby and children are encouraged to ask questions at home too.

Challenging problem solving the project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve, question to answer or statement to respond to at the appropriate level of challenge. 

Authenticity the project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards or impact. The projects speak to children’s interests or which have impact on their lives. A project will often have a lasting impact or legacy.

Pupil voice and choice pupils at East Whitby make some choices and decisions within the projects their class does. The outcome is usually decided by the children and they are responsible for making it happen!

Reflection the school community all reflect on the quality of work at East Whitby we are aiming to be “Excellent Every Day” so we continually look to improve further leading us to a culture of…

Critique and revision the children give and receive feedback and use this to improve their process and products. In most classes children have adopted the attitude that “Good is just the start...” and through an ethos of fierce kindness encourage all in their school family to be the very best we can be.

Public product we make our project product work public by explaining, displaying or presenting to people beyond our classroom. This could be family, other classes or the wider community. We are also keen to share work with other schools and visitors we invite in.

We also ensure that through our project work, we continue to work on the East Whitby Pledges. A set of promises we make to the children based on opportunities thy will have whilst at our school.


We think it is really important to know what your child is learning in school so we can work together to help the children be the best they can be.  We have put curriculum maps here so you can see what your child is learning.

Link to our key objectives in Reading, Writing and Maths from Years 1 – 6