Woodlands

Curriculum Rationale and Vision

Intent 

At Woodlands Primary Academy, we want our children to 'Enjoy, Thrive and Aspire' allowing all children to fulfil their potential, regardless of economic status, background or need. Our curriculum exposes children to enriching experiences, immersing them in progressive knowledge and skills; equipping them with personal characteristics required to succeed in life.

Woodlands Primary Academy curriculum explicitly includes Rights Respecting values linked directly to British Values and Global Citizenship, which promote the value and vision of the United Nations Children’s Rights Charter (UNCRC). The UNCRC is embedded and underpins the curriculum, leading to a successful Rights Respecting School. We are an accredited RRS school at Bronze – Rights Committed. Applying the RRS philosophy to our curriculum supports the well- being of all and prepares our students to become active citizens, making positive contributions to the local and wider community. Curriculum topics offer many opportunities to develop global learning skills. All topics and policies, where appropriate, are underpinned by relevant Articles from the CRC, beginning in Reception. The article is explicitly discussed and students begin to understand their rights and how students around the world have different experiences in their entitlement of their rights.

In order for children to attain successfully, it is vital that our broad and balanced curriculum also addresses  This is an integral part of the role modelling provided by all adults in the Academy and the partnerships we build with families and our wider local community. 

In line with our Academy Aims, the curriculum we deliver develops knowledge, understanding and behaviours for learning that mean children are both motivated and equipped with the skills and ability required to be successful in the future Thus includes the ability to manage their own emotional health and well-being, ensuring that children learn to manage their emotions whilst understanding the characteristics of effective learners. We are determined to ensure that, despite working in a disadvantaged context (with 54% of children identified as Pupil Premium) everyone will make good progress and Woodlands children will achieve at least as well as all other children, because they are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education. The curriculum we have developed will provide learning, opportunities and experiences that will equalize the life chances of our children. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural learning is at the heart of everything we do.

At Woodlands, our children are Responsible, Respectful, Resilient and Safe and these characteristics are woven through the design of our curriculum across all age phases. We ensure that all children are exposed to curriculum content which develops their critical thinking alongside their awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion, both within a local context and the wider world. We believe that this approach prepares our children for success within Secondary Education and beyond. 

Focus on basic skills (communication, literacy and numeracy) is central in the teaching of all subjects so that we can effectively ‘catch up’ children quickly and address the achievement deficit evident on entry to school. We will secure success in the core subjects to guarantee better futures.

Breadth, depth and balance in an academic curriculum: The curriculum model is structured so that all elements of the National Curriculum are delivered progressively, building on prior learning, deepening knowledge that can then be applied using skills taught. Everything that happens in the Academy should be seen as a learning opportunity, taught, hidden and wider curriculum and will contribute to pupil’s academic, personal, social, moral, creative, physical and cultural development.

Cultural Capital: Building 'cultural capital' is crucial as it is this background knowledge of the world that children need to infer meaning from what they read. Development of understanding and use of vocabulary will help children to express themselves in a sophisticated, mature way.

Development of social and emotional skills: Needed to succeed in Secondary education and on into the workplace. We will create citizens who are able to contribute positively to their local community now and enable our children to make a positive difference to society in the future. Our children will learn about respect, responsibility and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Opportunities and experiences: We will develop individual interests and abilities by providing learning opportunities and experiences that we believe every child should have irrespective of background. These opportunities and experiences will support children in identifying and developing their own interests and talents and ensure that they have knowledge and understanding of the wider world in and beyond their own locality.

Implementation 

Children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to both maximise their own individual learning potential as well as contribute to the school and wider community. 

Learning Behaviours 
- Listen & Learn
- Develop & Discuss
- Mission Accomplished 
- All on Task
- Perfect Partners

At Woodlands, our learning behaviours are central to all teaching and learning, across all aspects of our curriculum. This consistent approach allows for children to recognise their own strengths and contributions to both team and class point systems, regardless of lesson content. Children are encouraged to work both collaboratively and with increasing independence through a familiar and consistent teaching cycle, incorporating modelled, guided, partner and independent tasks, regardless of subject. 

More Information 

Details of our subject specific curriculum intent and implementation can be found on our curriculum pages. 

You are welcome to contact us in school to discuss our curriculum offer. Please speak to the main office to make an appointment