At Woodlands, we work hard to make links in different curriculum areas and strive to ensure that our lessons are fun and engaging for the children. An overview of the curriculum can be found by clicking on the link below. Please note that some of the subject areas are subject to change.
Aims and Vision in Literacy
At Woodlands, children will experience quality opportunities to listen to, read and write about a range of different genres.
In Speaking and Listening, children will become active listeners who develop their visualisation skills, subsequently enhancing their imagination and in turn, supporting their reading and writing skills. Children will enjoy recalling, questioning and exploring information and will be able to communicate their ideas and thoughts clearly, developing an awareness of their audience in order to interject when appropriate and maintain eye contact and positive body language.
Children will develop an appreciation of reading by becoming confident in using a range of decoding, comprehension and inference skills. They will be able to respond to a range of texts with their own views and opinions. Through quality teaching, children will be given skills that will enhance their reading; particularly when using expression and punctuation in a text. They will be given rich opportunities to read a range of different texts out loud to an audience.
In writing, children will draw on their experience and skills learnt through quality opportunities in Speaking and Listening and Reading to write for different purposes. Our aim is that children at Woodlands will become confident, able, independent writers who enjoy and understand the structure, purpose and forms of writing and can apply these skills to adapt their writing to different audiences. Children will be able to express themselves in a variety of different ways using their knowledge of Standard English, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and clear handwriting, to allow their ideas to be recorded successfully and their writing to flow. As a result of experiencing a range of texts and genres, children will develop an awareness of the author’s intentions; this will underpin their ability to write for effect with an awareness of the reader.
Teaching of Reading and Phonics
At Woodlands, children will develop an appreciation of reading by becoming confident in using a range of decoding, comprehension and inference skills. They will be able to respond to a range of texts with their own views and opinions. Through quality teaching, children will be given skills that will enhance their reading; particularly when using expression and punctuation in a text. They will be given rich opportunities to read a range of different texts out loud to an audience.
As such, we will use a range of texts in Literacy and Guided Reading sessions using a range of banded/levelled books to support all children at the appropriate level. We use a quality range of books, some from reading schemes and others not to provide children with a range of texts from a variety of sources. Some of the books that we use are from the folllowing schemes: Oxfored Reading Tree, Treetops, Rigby Star, Project X, Spelling Bug and Reading Bug.
We teach the early stages of reading through Phonics. We use Letters and Sounds, a variety of different resources and our professional judgement which draws on best practice including Smart Kids, teacher made resources, Twinkl, Read, Write, Inc and the Oxford website. Children are arranged into small groups for discrete phonics teaching. Children who need Phonics teaching beyond Key Stage One continue to receive discrete teaching as part of their Literacy lessons.
Aims and Vision in Maths
We aim that children at Woodlands will have the ability to adapt their mathematical techniques and strategies to a variety of situations, problems and challenges with growing fluency, mathematical knowledge and enjoyment. They will be able to articulate their ideas and thoughts using a range of mathematical language, in a reasoned and logical manner.
We will achieve this by providing a rich and diverse mathematical curriculum that makes links across mathematical concepts and all other curriculum subjects where possible. Children will have the opportunity to learn maths in a range of contexts and environments.
Our vision is to ensure all children will leave Woodlands with an enthusiastic, excited and confident approach to maths - enabled with the mathematical skills to achieve throughout their life time.
In Woodlands we use a limitless learning approach to our teaching to ensure that children are always challenged and working at a level suitable to them. Click here for more information about this approach.
Click here for our Mathematics Programme of Study Overview and the Programme of Study for:
Physical Education Provision
Children at Woodlands are enthusiastic about PE and take part in PE lessons twice a week. Within these lessons, children develop their skills in a range of areas including games, gymnastics, dance and athletics.
Woodlands also provides many other opportunities for children across the school, to take part in sport through a variety of lunch time / after school clubs including Football, Netball, Athletics, Multi-skills and Tennis etc.
We have close links with Borehamwood Football Club who regularly coach our children and are part of the School Sports Partnership where children are taught by teachers and sports leaders from Hertswood Academy.
Our pupils enjoy representing Woodlands at a range of local competitions and tournaments including swimming, athletics, speed stacking, cricket and Kwik Sticks Hockey etc.
Annually, the children take part in the school’s Sports Day, which is a popular event amongst children, parents and staff. Children represent their ‘House’ competing against one another.
The children in Key Stage 2 enjoy taking part in a range of outdoor pursuit activities such as climbing & abseiling, during their residential trips.
We celebrate the achievements and children’s participation in sport through assemblies and newsletters, including termly certificates for individuals in each class that have shown good sportsmanship and participation in PE.
Each year the school receives Sports Funding from the DfE which is used to further enhance our sports provision. Details of this can be found in our Sports Fund Audit.
Click here for impact of School Sports Funding 2015/16.