Primary School Curriculum
Our Curriculum Statement of Intent
Here at Woodside, our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and the future. We provide a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education and pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential.
The curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and school values (including British values) with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school.
We have developed three curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum, bring about the aims and values of our school: possibilities, environment and mindfulness.
Possibilities – Children cannot aspire to things they have never encountered. We will work to broaden our children’s horizons, expanding their knowledge of the world and by nurturing their interests and feelings towards what is new.
Environment – We believe our children need to know about and understand the world that is on their doorstep and beyond. They need opportunities to develop a care for the environment whilst experiencing the richness of its diversity.
Mindfulness - Everyday life can be hectic for today’s children; they’re under more pressure than ever in today’s world. We want our children to develop strategies that are useful in addressing the kinds of worries that we all experience. This, in turn, will help them learn how to work skillfully with the stresses and strains of childhood and adolescence without being swept away by them, ultimately building up their resilience. These coping skills then remain with them into adulthood.
Subject Curriculum Statements of Intent
English - We aim for all of our pupils to be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other subjects and who are prepared for the next steps in their learning. We encourage them as readers, who select texts for purpose and pleasure. Books and reading are at the heart of everything we do. Our bespoke, book-based curriculum is built upon quality picture books, novels and non-fiction texts, which support children on the journey from reading to writing. Within our timetable, we are committed to providing independent reading time, novel time and comprehension on a daily basis. We enhance and engage learning through learning through focus weeks, author visits, library trips and providing book fairs.
Maths - We are committed to fostering an enthusiasm for maths. Children will have a secure recall of key mathematical facts and a fluent understanding of concrete calculation. Learning is enhanced by the exploration of mathematical concepts in a range of fun, purposeful experiences; helping children to become fluent, determined mathematicians, who can confidently explain their understanding and solve problems.
Science - In science, children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support their natural curiosity for learning. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of, and respect for, the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things. We want our pupils to develop a love for science that carries through into later life, instilling in them an awareness of how science is relevant in today’s society. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their time here, so that they can independently plan and carry out investigations to answer questions that puzzle them; competently use scientific equipment to measure and record data accurately and have the necessary skills and vocabulary to confidently explain concepts and articulate their findings.
Computing – When teaching computing, our aim is to equip the children with the skills required to use computers effectively to enable them to maximise their potential. To do so, we aim to deploy teaching strategies that promote resilience, independence, critical thinking, communication skills and problem solving. We hope that our pupils become confident users of IT and responsible digital citizens, who are ready to meet the challenges of their digital future.
History - We aim to encourage pupil to be curious about the past. Our history curriculum aims to develop a sense enquiry about the causes of historical events and understand how these have impacted the future. Through their history lessons, pupils learn the variety of ways in which the past is represented and are taught to interpret a range of sources, both primary and secondary. The skills acquired in history equip pupils to consider and evaluate current world events and to predict the possible effects these will have on the future.
Geography - Our pupils are encouraged to be responsible global citizens, who have a solid understanding of place, and appreciate and respect the diverse cultures and traditions of our world. Pupils are taught about the physical features of the Earth and about human activity, including populations, politics and economics. They are given opportunities to compare and contrast world locations and competently use mapping skills. Whenever possible, pupils take part in fieldwork. We want our children to use their geographical skills to become active and effective members of their local and world community.
Art - It is our belief that all children should have access to an art and design curriculum which fosters a lifelong love and appreciation this subject. We strive to present children with a diverse range of experiences, so that they can experience art and design from different cultures and periods of historical significance. Our curriculum ensures that children’s experiences of this subject will result in them being able to use the visual elements of art and design confidently, in their own work. We expect children to be able to look at an image or a piece of art or design and to understand it, not just react to it. We equip them with the skills required to have an understanding of the language of art and design. This enables them to describe what they see in detail and to provide evidence for their observations.
Design Technology – We believe that by offering children an inspiring, stimulating and challenging design technology curriculum, we can equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need, to thrive in a rapidly advancing technological world. Nobody can predict the changes in technology which will occur during the lives of our children. However, what we do know is that the skills which they will need to be successful in their futures will remain the same. With this in mind, our design technology curriculum presents our children with experiences which develop their interpersonal skills. We present them with challenging, relevant projects, which promote, encourage and develop their creativity. Through a range of experiences, we actively encourage our children to be critical thinkers, forward planners and effective problem solvers. We also teach our children to be able to work as capable individuals and valuable, productive team members.
Religious Education - Through the teaching of Religious Education, our pupils will be able to articulate what it means to be a Christian and how this affects people’s lives, through sensitively asking and answering questions. Pupils will have the opportunities to make links with the wider world and other faiths, comparing them with Christianity whilst answering some of life’s big questions.
Music – Our intent is to provide a music curriculum that is fully-inclusive, enabling a universal language to be spoken by all our pupils. We provide a music education that empowers individuals to partake in an art that promotes self-confidence, self-esteem and gives all pupils a sense of achievement. We do this through providing opportunities for singing in choirs, learning to play instruments and partaking in performances. We are committed to inspiring children to develop a life-long love of music, develop creativity and imagination.
Physical Education – Here at Woodside, we aim to provide a variety of engaging lessons delivered by internal staff and external bodies; deploy a wide range of teaching strategies and enter a good selection of competitions for the children across both key stages. By doing this, the pupils will further develop their confidence and self-esteem when they are accessing P.E. lessons and when they are representing the school in sporting competitions. The pupils will also continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of sports, equipping them with the skills they need to access most, if not all, sporting activities.
PSHCE - We aim to provide a bespoke curriculum in which PSHE and citizenship are embedded. Our subject provision includes opportunities to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral and social cultural development, whilst strongly upholding and promoting British Values. This in turn will enable all students to develop an understanding of the ever changing world in which we live, develop the skills necessary to take an active role in their community and manage their lives effectively.
Spanish - To develop the teaching and learning of Spanish across the school, preparing children for future opportunities in Spanish speaking countries.