Our Curriculum Statement
Learning is at the heart of what we do in school. We believe that our role at Woodlands Park is to help children to develop their skills as reflective and creative learners who are eager to face new challenges. We want our pupils to learn in a way which develops independence of mind, a desire for new knowledge and the skills which will enable them to carry on learning for life in a rapidly changing world. We follow the statutory contents of the National Curriculum. We supplement this with a rich broad and balanced curriculum which includes daily mathematics and English. We use a themed approach to learning which links a range of different subjects.
In Key Stage 1 we aim to encourage a lifelong love of learning. We do this through the systematic teaching of reading and the use of ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics.
Our children learn beyond the classroom in many different ways. Educational visits take place locally and further afield. These are carefully planned to extend learning, give first-hand experience and capture the interest and enthusiasm of all children. Children in every year group are given the opportunity to participate in educational visits.
Other aspects of the primary curriculum such as PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Citizenship and British Values are taught through the termly topics as appropriate. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences are also woven throughout the curriculum to broaden the experiences of our children.
The children’s progress is monitored regularly through the tracking of assessment activities including detailed marking by teachers. Where our pupils need further support, we provide additional small group interventions which are run by the class teachers/teaching assistants.
Sex and relationship education is taught in line with the Sex Education Policy agreed by the Governing Body.
The Religious Education curriculum follows the locally agreed syllabus.
We aim to provide every child with as many opportunities as possible to discover new skills and pursue their interests. We offer a wide selection of After School activities on which include art, computing, environment, drama, newspaper and a number of sporting activities and are open to children in Key Stages 1 and 2.
The curriculum trees and timetables are shared with parents termly. Parents also receive weekly homework updates and attend curriculum evenings at the beginning of the academic year.
For more detailed information, please refer to out curriculum trees and annual curriculum maps for all year groups.