Our Learning Community Curriculum Drivers
As part of our commitment to working together as a learning community, we consulted children, parents, staff and governors in order to identify the drivers/specialisms that underpin our curriculum and make it personalised to the interests and needs of our community.
Knowledge and Understanding of The World
We believe our children need to develop an understanding about where they live and the wider world. Through learning about the world, we want them to understand their role in society and develop respect towards the environment, communities and religions. We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives.
We use outdoor learning in our locality to develop environmental awareness and understanding of the world, team work, resilience and provide children with the physical and mental benefits of learning outdoors. Social and Emotional mental health is a key area of need for some of our children. Spending time in the outdoors learning to appreciate nature whilst working alongside peers on activities linked to the curriculum being taught in the classroom is beneficial to learners wellbeing.
Mr Seville, our Forest Schools teacher,delivers after-school clubs including gardening in the grounds of Woodlands. Forest Schools lessons take place in our grounds where we have an extensive forest schools site which includes a campfire area, outdoor seating, den building and a pond that the children and working to develop.
Creativity and appreciation of arts and music is important to us all at Woodlands. We prioritise the development of children's creativity and musicality and widen their cultural understanding through opportunities to perform, listen and attend concerts such as Young Voices and local professional and amateur musical experiences.
Mr Cooper, our specialist Music Teacher delivers curriculum music lessons and after school club choir. Children are given plentiful opportunities to sing and learn to play a percussion instrument.
Local health statistics evidence the importance of promotion of healthy lifestyles and development of knowledge of fitness for our pupils if they are to sustain a healthy lifestyle in the future. Team work, increased self control and self confidence are just a few benefits that involvement in sport provides.
In addition to curriculum PE lessons delivered by class teachers and PE staff from Waterhead Academy, specialist coaches from Oldham Athletic support team sports at lunchtimes and after school.
We aim to expose children to as wide a range of sports as possible, both competetive and non-competetive such as dance and cheer leading.