The Curriculum

At Woodloes Primary School our curriculum recognizes that all children are different - they have different interests and are stimulated by different things. The whole curriculum is directed towards raising the level of children's achievements by personalizing their learning experiences.

Our shared vision for the school 'Loving Learning Together' informs the way that we deliver the curriculum. The key skills underpin each of the different National Curriculum subjects. We believe that the development of these key skills promotes positive attitudes to learning.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them.

Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

 

Our curriculum planning follows the guidance from the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It underpins future learning by supporting and promoting each child's development both prime and specific areas.

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The characteristics of effective learning are how children learn through engaging with other people and their environment.

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

 

 More useful information can be found regarding Early Years education and learning on the link below:

FOUNDATION YEARS WEBSITE 

KEY STAGE 1 AND KEY STAGE 2

Our curriculum puts into practice the requirements of the National Curriculum, the Local Authority and the Governors of the school. The curriculum can be split in to the following three areas:

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing

Foundation Subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Art
  • Technology
  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Personal, Moral and Spiritual Education

  • Collective Worship
  • Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Citizenship

While the different curriculum areas are presented as separate National Curriculum subjects, they are normally taught in a cross-curricular way in KS1 (Years 1 - 2) through topic work. In KS2 (Years 3 – 6) the foundation subjects are generally taught using a topic-based approach with a focus on Mathematics and English separately.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND ASSEMBLIES

The school teaches Religious Education following the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus. Planned work in RE links where possible to other areas of the curriculum and seeks to develop pupils` knowledge, understanding and awareness of the principal religions represented in our country today. Our aim is to promote a respect for the beliefs of others and to provide opportunities for pupils to explore and reflect upon their own beliefs and commitments.

Our daily assemblies are broadly Christian and make a significant contribution to the spiritual and social development of the children. Parents and friends are invited to our Achievement Assemblies when we all share in the children's success, both in and out of school, and so foster their sense of self-esteem and a pride in their own achievements and those of others. We like all children to take part in assemblies, but if parents wish to withdraw their child from religious activities they should discuss alternative arrangements with the teacher.

SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

It is important that parents know which aspects of SRE their children are encountering in school, and when specific knowledge is being taught as a planned part of a class topic. Parents will be informed so that they may be prepared for any questions or concerns which children may express. Parents have a right to withdraw their child from the lessons if they so wish. In these circumstances, parents would be asked to voluntarily state their objections to the content of the lessons so that the school could be sure that no misunderstanding had occurred and could be aware of parental attitudes.

A full copy of our Sex and Relationship Education Policy is available at the school office.