Curriculum at Woodseats - 2019/20
Woodseats Curriculum is everything in our school; taught, untaught, and represents the entire experience of a child in our school. Our aim is that our children become successful lifelong learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens and our evolving curriculum will enable this.
Our school curriculum is being designed so that it provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that develops the whole child. Curriculum coherence ensures that the content is arranged in a way that allows for progression and depth each year. At Woodseats Primary School, we believe that learners achieve their best when their education successfully adapts to their individual needs, teaching the whole child and we make it relevant to our local community and the needs of society today.
Our curriculum is focused on the use of high quality texts. Reading is at the core of all we do. There is a strong focus on vocabulary throughout all lessons and developing oracy. Texts are linked (where appropriate) to overarching themes and are integrated where relevant. Writing and grammar are taught both discretely and as part of the wider theme alongside maths and the foundation subjects. Foundation subjects are taught as part of a wider theme/ topic approach (but children are clear on the subject discipline they are learning) and learning is planned so key ideas are frequently returned to throughout their time at school and are mastered by the end of each Key Stage.
Medium term planning ensures that there is a strong focus on knowledge and skills and there is clarity on the aims for each subject for each child. Medium term plans allow teachers to design sequences of lessons that take into account prior learning and allow current learning to build upon this and then deepen their learning. Frequent checks are made on understanding and ensures that there is not a cognitive overload for the children and supports developing long term memory.
All staff at Woodseats are active learners and use research to help shape and refine their teaching. Teachers ensure that learning objectives, key concepts and overarching aims are shared with the children at the start of a theme. The use of knowledge organisers will ensure there is a minimum knowledge bank for each child and will be shared with parents at the start of a theme. The knowledge organisers will contain the minimum knowledge needed for a child for the theme and will include technical vocabulary, key concepts and images that will support deeper learning.
Assessment is the bridge between teaching and learning. Frequent informal assessments will take place in every classroom and can be as simple as a question posed by the teacher to check on understanding to a more formal assessment to ascertain if the children are able to reason about their learning and apply it in different ways and contexts. Regular feedback in classrooms is a core feature of our teaching and learning approach and allows challenges to be tailored to meet the needs of individuals.
Learn to Read and Read to Learn letter - this letter explains about the changes we have made this year to our homework policy and our focus on reading.
Each of the subjects taught at Woodseats Primary School have a yearly Curriculum and a Statement about the subject. These can be found on the Subject and Year Group pages below.