Being able to Read and Write are the fundamental skills that we all rely on in order to complete the simplest of tasks. At Woodland we firmly believe that if you can read and write, opportunities are endless and because of this we place a great deal of importance on basic skills within our curriculum. Our children are taught reading and writing daily within a variety of contexts. We encourage the children to practise their reading at home in order to develop their fluency and expect children to read a minimum of five times a week. The only way to get better at something is to keep practising!! Children who are successful at achieving their five reads, are given ‘Golden Time’ on a Friday.
Spelling is another skill children need to practise. Whilst we teach the rules of spelling in the classroom there is an expectation that children will practise this skill at home. Children are given between 5-10 spellings each week usually linked to a spelling rule. These words are tested weekly.
As part of our teaching methods for writing we use what is known as ‘Talk for Writing.’ This is a process which encourages the children to verbalise their ideas prior to writing them. Children learn stories and non-fiction pieces prior to structuring their own writing based on ones they have learned. Our children are often heard outside of the classroom retelling each other these stories.
We expect and encourage children to present their work neatly so Handwriting and fine motor skills are taught from the Early Years. By the time children reach Year 4, 5 and 6 we expect them to be using a joined script.
At Woodland Primary School Mathematics is a key part of our curriculum. We believe the knowledge, skills and understanding that children gain through mathematics will ensure that they are well prepared for the future and are ready for their working life. Number and Calculation skills are at the forefront of the curriculum, as we believe that these are the areas of Maths which will best assist our children in the real-world. Alongside this we firmly believe that children need to be able to solve problems, and be able to understand how to apply what they know and understand about Maths in a range of different ways.
Mathematics is taught daily, but is also applied through every aspect of the curriculum to ensure that our children have the opportunity to practice their skills and knowledge repeatedly, and through different aspects of their learning. At Woodland, the children are taught a Mastery Mathematics curriculum. Mastery is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, our pupils are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and build on this over time. The children at Woodland are not just taught to memorise key facts and procedures, which tends to lead to superficial understanding that can easily be forgotten. Pupils are encouraged to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios. We believe no pupil should be left behind. Abilities are neither fixed nor innate, but can be developed through practice, support, dedication and hard work The focus is keeping up over catching up. By making high expectations clear and emphasising the value of mathematics education, our pupils are encouraged to build confidence and resilience.
Our Mathematics Curriculum strongly promotes independent learning and thinking, alongside collaborative work, to develop and prepare children for the wider world and the challenges this will bring. We aim to develop motivated, creative and resilient mathematicians who can confidently apply what they learn in any situation. Most of all we want children to enjoy Maths and to get excited about the challenges the subject can bring.
At Woodland Primary School science is taught by building knowledge and developing our understanding of the world through first hand experiences and exploration. We strive to provide an environment where children are willing to take risks when trying out their ideas and are given the opportunities to develop their scientific enquiry.
We want to inspire and challenge our pupils to become independent thinkers, who use their knowledge of science to develop their understanding of the constant changing world they live in. We aim to ensure that our children can learn about how science impacts upon and underpins much of our lives in today’s society, while practical activities should stimulate their curiosity and develop a clear understanding for the future. This will be done through engaging science lessons, practical experiments, visits, talks, and links with our local community.
Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural Development
The importance and benefits of promoting children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development cannot be over emphasised. The development of SMSC contributes significantly to the ethos and values of our school and helps shape our children into caring, rounded and tolerant individuals.
SMSC has often wrongly been assumed to relate predominantly to RE or PSHE, possibly because the word ‘spiritual’ has been confused with ‘religious.’ All areas of the curriculum areas lend themselves, to a greater or lesser degree, to the development of SMSC which contributes significantly to the ethos and values of our school
Social development is about our children working effectively with each other within the school community. It is also about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living, working and playing a full and active part in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.
Acquiring a knowledge and understanding of what is right and wrong is central to moral development. It is the basis upon our children making choices about how to behave and is the standpoint from which they consider the behaviour of others in school and society in general. Our whole school and class ‘norms’ are an important early introduction to issues of fairness for all and to the consequences of operating outside the agreed rules. Children are encouraged to understand the need for school and class rules and to follow them from conviction rather than because of consequences or sanctions.
Spiritual development relates to the quest for individual identity and the search for meaning and purpose in our existence. It is associated with a dimension of life which is not necessarily experienced through the physical senses, but has much to do with feelings and emotions, and attitudes and beliefs.
Our provision for cultural development dovetails with our procedures for developing Community Cohesion. Detailed information relating to the religious and ethnic ‘make up’ of our community enables us to further develop and strengthen our children’s knowledge and understanding of their own cultural beliefs, customs and traditions and those of others within the school, wider community, city, country and globally.
Computers are essential to children’s lives at school and at home. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill which children must be taught so they are ready for the future workplace and to take part in the rapidly changing digital world. Computing is so much fun and allows our children to solve problems, design systems and explore and understand the endless possibilities of the computer based technology. At Woodland our children are given the opportunities to safely develop their computer skills using a range of IT equipment to provide them with the computing knowledge that they will need for the rest of their lives.
A high quality physical education curriculum can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel, not only in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities but in everyday life. At Woodland, we strive to deliver quality physical education and school sport games with the aim to develop each child in terms of their physical literacy. We are passionate about giving children the best start in life by promoting healthy and active lifestyles across all areas of the school day. We provide opportunities for our children to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness in a range of contexts.
We know that participation in physical education and sport can help to improve a huge range of social skills, and allows children to become self-managers and critical thinkers. We form strong links with the local community and schools in our area to allow our children to experience competition and we celebrate our victories. Whether it be our sports day, sports week, Sports Relief, Rock Challenge or our weekly lessons, physical education is at the heart of Woodland.
For us, Music is in an important part of the curriculum. Children learn to sing and perform in tune, time and unison and are encouraged to use their voices expressively. Composing Music using tuned and un-tuned instruments is also important and all children are expected to create musical scores using standard and non-standard notation.
The school provides brass instrument tuition in Year 4 through the Hull Music Hub and encourages and supports children to attend the Albermarle Centre Youth Orchestra, both during and after the brass provision.
At our school we strive to provide opportunities to experience a range of musical styles and genres and to study the key composers throughout history. We proactively work with partner schools to develop the quality of Music in our area and take part in different musical events and projects throughout the course of each academic year.
Art and Design
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Every society and culture has expressed their deepest beliefs and feelings through Art and Design and at Woodland Primary School the Art and Design curriculum enables children to understand and appreciate other individuals, communities and cultures. This can enrich the lives of our children and make a major contribution to arousing interest in and encouraging responses to their immediate environment.
We believe Art and Design gives children the opportunity to explore the world of thoughts and feelings and express their ideas using a range of skills and techniques which foster a sense of personal achievement. These skills provide access to other areas of the curriculum and help develop motor skills, language development and decision making. We believe the acquisition of good basic Art skills will encourage children to use their imaginations in ways that enrich their whole lives.
We view Design Technology as a practical, hands-on subject which motivates children of all abilities. Children are able to use their own creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Through the teaching of Design Technology, the children learn how to take risks, be resourceful and inventive. Evaluating their own and others’ work helps the children develop an understanding of Design Technology’s impact on daily life and the wider world.
Several subjects feed into the Design Technology curriculum such as Maths, Science, Computing and Art. Design Technology is a subject that can be accessed and enjoyed by all and at Woodland we believe that it also opens the door to new opportunities for our children after they leave primary school.
At Woodland Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions and traditions around the world.
Religious Education encourages pupils to learn from different religions. It also helps pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enables them to flourish individually and within a community. It helps to prepare our children for adult life by developing respect for and sensitivity to others and acceptance of other faiths.
Geography inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to equip children with knowledge about people, resources, natural and human environments, in and around Hull.
As children progress, their growing knowledge will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes. Children should leave our school with geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that allow them to explain how the Earths feature, both in Hull and in other places, are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At Woodland we believe History is a practical and engaging subject which motivates and inspires pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through the study of individuals, societies, cultures and countries within which they lived History enables pupils to gain awareness of what happened in the past and reasons for these events.
History helps pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, diversity of societies, the relationships between different groups as well as changes and challenges of their own time.
Personal, Social and Health Education
An individual’s physical, mental and social attributes affect all aspects of their lives, both as a child and as an adult. At Woodland we fervently believe that the personal, social and health education (PSHE) of our children underpins all their learning and is central in preparing our children so that they are afforded the greatest opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive and caring citizens living in a culturally diverse society.
Because of this, our PSHE curriculum places a strong emphasis on the teaching of the emotional wellbeing and understanding through our JIGSAW lessons. Our JIGSAW curriculum also incorporates restorative practices. The purpose of restorative practices is to develop community and manage conflict by repairing harm and building relationships through a structured system which provides a fair process that children understand and can access.
Sex and Relationship education is delivered in year 5 and 6, working in collaboration with the school nursing team.
Assemblies and Collective Worship
Daily Collective Worship takes place each day in either: classes, key stages or whole school. Whilst assemblies are broadly Christian in nature we take every opportunity to promote all aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education, responding to current issues in the news, identified themes and priorities and promoting tolerance and respect for people of all faiths and cultures.
Out of School Learning and Activities
Out of school learning enhances and enriches the curriculum and offers our children the opportunity to achieve the highest standards in a wide range of activities. Out of school learning can take many forms and guises and contributes significantly to children’s physical, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Its main purpose is to improve children’s motivation, build their self-esteem and help them become more effective learners. Above all its main aim is to raise achievement for all children.
“What’s on this term?”
At the start of each term we send home and post on our website what our children will be learning over the forthcoming term and the context theme through which they will learn. We hope that this not only keeps parents informed but also enables them to support and encourage their children’s learning.
Each month, a whole-school newsletter is sent home and posted on our website to show parents how hard the children have worked as well as key dates for the diary as well as attendance information for each class.