Woodlands Primary School Curriculum
At Woodlands, we value each child and want to ensure that they are given every opportunity to reach their full potential – both academically and socially. We scaffold learning to ensure that children are given the opportunity to close any gaps in their education that they have through pre-teaching, over-learning and support prompts. Embedded through our curriculum are our core values which have been carefully selected by all stakeholders and planned to ensure that children are prepared for their next steps in education and indeed for their adulthood.
'The Woodlands Way' teaches children to: ‘Be Positive, Be Kind, Be Ambitious, Be Passionate, Be Confident and Be Curious.’ Alongside these, we promote British Values within our learning. Please refer to our Values page for further information.
Using the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception children) and National Curriculum (KS1 and 2) as starting points for teaching, staff have planned a curriculum that focuses upon continuity and progression throughout the school as well as opportunities to broaden our pupils’ understanding of themselves, their potential, the world around them and how to be successful in life. We have planned the curriculum to ensure that children can build upon, develop and enhance previous learning to build a base of knowledge and skills that our pupils can take with them to secondary school and adult life. Throughout our curriculum, we have mapped enrichment activities for the students to develop their cultural capital.
In Early Years, there are seven main areas of learning that ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive:
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The planning for Early Years is based upon both pre-determined topics and topics generated by the children's curiosity and interest.
In Key Stages One and Two, the children are taught the following subjects.
- English – Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spellings and Handwriting
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
Where links can be made, subjects are taught through themes or topics.
An overview of the curriculum can be found by clicking on the links below. Please note that some of the subject areas are subject to change.
Click here for the curriculum content per year group:
Progression of Skills
Computing - we have recently introduced 'Purple Mash' to support our ICT
French - we use the 'Language Angels' programme. Due to it's recent introduction, the year groups are all teaching from the beginning of the units. Although not a requirement, French is introduced to our pupils from Reception.
Skills and Knowledge Outcomes
Our subject leaders have responsibility to map the skills, knowledge and outcomes across the whole school with a focus upon the breath of coverage in each subject to provide pupils with the skills to be able to progress in the subject after they leave our school. These are currently being developed and will be published in due course.
English - see above
Maths - see above