The Curriculum at Woodloes Primary School
“At Woodloes Primary School, we believe in a broad and balanced innovative and dynamic based curriculum, in which all subjects are valued. Engagement in this will provide our pupils with a wealth and breadth of knowledge and skills; securing the highest possible outcome for all learners.”
Working in partnership with all members of the school community, and with fellow members of the Community Academies Trust (CAT), Woodloes Primary School aims to deliver an inspiring and challenging curriculum which will create an environment where questioning, academic risk-taking, deeper thinking and the freedom to learn from mistakes are encouraged. In an ever shifting global cultural climate, Woodloes Primary aims to ensure that the curriculum is current, reflective, engaging and localised to the pupils it serves, taking account of the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect and individual liberty.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of our school curriculum are:
- To create an environment in which all pupils can experience success and thereby develop their self-confidence.
- To develop the all-round potential of the children through the vehicle of a dynamic, rich, broad and balanced curriculum, one which is responsive and reflective to the learners.
- To develop pupils’ Growth Mindset, their ability to embrace a challenge and to deepen their learning (links to DR ICE).
- To promote a climate in which creativity can flourish.
- To give pupils the opportunity to use and apply their skills in different areas of the curriculum.
- To equip the children for the demands of a rapidly changing society.
- To develop a rich and stimulating environment, one which is organised, secure, structured and purposeful.
- To develop in pupils an awareness and understanding of their own and other cultures, religions, race and ways of life.
- To provide for children’s physical as well as academic development with opportunities to develop skills, coordination and teamwork as well as their understanding linked to a healthy lifestyle.
- To use new and emerging technologies, the learning environment, local area, outdoor learning and relevant resources to enhance the curriculum experience for all pupils.
- To extend the curriculum through visits, visitors, forest school sessions and residential trip.
- To provide extra-curricular opportunities for children to develop their interests.
- To provide pupils with a voice to ensure a relevant and enjoyable curriculum. Teachers will take account of children’s interests and evaluations of topics taught to guide the direction of future learning; ensuring that the Woodloes curriculum is appropriately personalised and secures high levels of engagement.
- To challenge every child to achieve at the highest possible level they can.
At Woodloes Primary School our curriculum recognises that 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 personalising their learning experiences.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the child led curriculum planning focuses on the six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication – language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development and creative development. These are underpinned by the characteristics of effective learning.
KEY STAGE 1 AND KEY STAGE 2
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, year group long term plans are used to ensure that subject specific content is covered and that skills are taught progressively. Within this long term plan, rich texts linked to each half termly topic are identified along with any hooks and educational visits.
Opportunities are provided for pupils to work creativity and flexibility within the curriculum and to develop sustained pieces of work. Where possible, links are made between subjects and opportunities are identified to enable pupils to use and apply their maths and English skills and knowledge in different areas of the curriculum.
We value the contribution of parents/carers and work in partnership with them to enrich the curriculum. At the start of each academic year, parents/carers are informed about their child’s/children’s curriculum through year group specific curriculum meetings and termly plans are communicated via the school website.
In Saplings and Reception, parents/carers are invited into school to engage with their child during stay and play sessions and in KS1 and KS2, parents/carers are invited to a termly session where they can work alongside their child. This enables parent/carers to experience their child’s learning and understand how to help them at home. In addition to these opportunities, the school values the contribution of volunteers for example to hear readers and accompany trips.
Throughout the year, parents/carers are also invited to year group and achievement assemblies during which all pupils are given the opportunity to share their achievements and enjoyment of learning with others.
Termly reports and drop-in sessions (to see books) keep parents/carers informed about their child/children’s attainment and progress and also identify ideas as to how they can also support their child’s learning at home.
Extra-curricular activities and residential trips
We are committed to developing the whole child. Therefore, we extend the curriculum by offering a variety of extra-curricular activities including: football, judo, dance, netball, Dramalings, On Side Coaching, art, choir and music lessons.
In Year 5 and 6, pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in an annual residential visit to develop their social interactions, independence, self-reliance, confidence and skills for the future. Year 5 will visit Marle Hall: an outdoor centre in Wales, and Year 6 will visit Cornwall. These residential visits are intended to inspire a love of learning as well as developing collaboration and a high level of independence.
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.
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.