Curriculum at Woodseats - 2021/22
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 global citizens, successful lifelong learners and confident individuals. Our evolving and bespoke curriculum will enable this. Our Woodseats ‘Golden Threads’ of Diversity, Equality, Respect, Integrity, Critical Thinking and a Changing World underpin our teaching and learning.
Our school curriculum has been designed so that it provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that develops the whole child. Carefully planned Curriculum coherence ensures that the content is arranged in a way that allows for repetition, 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. All staff at Woodseats are active learners and use research to help shape and their learning in their classrooms.
Reading is at the heart of all we do. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we focus on children ‘Learning to Read’. Here, we teach carefully sequenced phonics and early reading sessions that enable all of our children to become successful independent readers. In Key Stage 2, our children ‘Read to Learn’. There is a strong focus on vocabulary throughout all lessons and developing knowledge and understanding through carefully chosen texts. Writing and grammar are taught both discretely and as part of the wider theme alongside maths and the foundation subjects. Foundation subjects are taught through carefully planned and sequenced subject specific sessions. Key ideas and concepts are frequently revisited 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. Teachers design sequences of lessons that take into account prior learning and allow current learning to build upon this and then deepen their thinking. Frequent checks are made on understanding and ensures that there is not a cognitive overload for the children and supports developing long term memory.
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.
This year, we will continue to deliver the National Curriculum through our theme based approach learning. Below are the topics that we are covering this year.
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.