At Woodfield Primary School, we love being engaged and active in our learning through a range of topics and lessons.
We have termly topics which aim to engage and interest the children. Each topic has learning challenges, these encourage children to learn through play, research and discussion with each other; both at home and school.
Our topics are also delivered with a focus on Key Drivers – these encourage aspiration and highlight roles and opportunities our children have for future interests, hobbies and occupations.
Children entering the Foundation Stage at Woodfield Primary School have a range of different experiences and a variety of skills and interests that they bring with them to school. To ensure that our early year’s curriculum is effective, it is carefully structured with quality teaching of skills that builds upon what children already know and can do. We promote learning through play and plan around the needs and interests of children giving them the opportunity to learn about the world around them. Children have rich and stimulating experiences through our well planned and well organised learning environment. We believe that children develop rapidly during the early years-physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Therefore, our practitioners ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued. Planning is based around children’s interests and loose seasonal topics.
Teaching and learning is strongly underpinned by the Characteristics of Effective Learning:
The well-planned activities provide opportunities to develop all their skills in the three prime areas. These areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive:
The four specific areas enable the three prime areas to be strengthened and applied:
We provide a balance of adult-led, adult initiated and child initiated activities, delivered though both indoor and outdoor play. Children are taught both phonics and maths in differentiated teaching groups allowing their teaching to meet their level of development. Skills taught within these sessions are consolidated through both continuous provision and guided activities. Adults are clear of their roles in these sessions as to the amount of involvement they have in an activity and the recording of achievements through observations, notes and photographs.
Wider skills, such as fine and gross motor skills or creative skills, are taught through adult initiated sessions of mixed ability groups and practised in child initiated learning sessions.
The children are given the opportunity to evaluate and recall their work in a variety of ways including during review sessions. This is support by a rich and varied range of continuous and enhanced provision across the unit.
In addition activities are planned for the well-developed Outdoor Learning area to ensure children regularly have access to experiences which support all areas of learning.
Learning a foreign language is liberating and provides an opening to other cultures. Here at Woodfield Primary, we use stories, songs, poems and games to help us learn how to speak French. Oui! Français! We follow a structured scheme of work which is based on real life communication situations using role play and lots of talking. We count, greet each other, give and ask our names and ages before moving on to colours, foods, weather and much more. Alongside the language aspect, we also delve into the French way of life and begin to understand and accept customs and traditions, different to our own.
At Woodfield Primary School we engage and inspire pupils to develop their love of music and talent as musicians through a wide range of musical opportunities and experiences. Self-confidence and creativity are nurtured through opportunities to perform both in school and at outside venues.
During their time at our school pupils learn to listen, respond and appreciate a range of musical genres. In year three they are taught by specialist musicians to play a musical instrument such as the Ukulele. All pupils are provided with the opportunity to play a range of musical instruments both tuned and untuned and sing in one of the schools successful choirs.
Links to other subjects enable pupils to develop a greater understanding of cultural and religious traditions, express their sense of rhythm through dance and movement whilst developing their self-confidence and sense of achievement through performance to a range of audiences.
Geography and History are taught through our topic based curriculum. We aim to give children an enthusiasm for these subjects which they will carry through their whole lives. Skills in both History and Geography are taught progressively across the school, within engaging contexts, where children are able to explore and discover principles, make links between areas of learning and develop their knowledge and understanding in a coherent way. The children learn aspects of Geography and History relating both to Britain and to the wider world. Both subjects are also supported by visits where pupils gain first-hand experiences.
In Geography, pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there. We study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photographs and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study. They then use the skills they have developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings.
In History, pupils will think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. They are taught about changes within living memory and about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. Pupils are also taught about the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements and about historical events, people and places in their own locality as well as events that have impacted on Britain and the wider world.
Art, Design & Technology
At Woodfield Primary we deliver a high-quality art and design curriculum which will engage, inspire and challenge pupils; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress through school, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
We aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences so they will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils will have the opportunity to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. And will learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
For English, Woodfield Primary School follows a 10/15 day writing plan. We start by reading a text and looking at its features then the children learn the text, acting out each part. This is great fun. Once the children have a good understanding of it, they work through the ‘innovation process’, where they adapt a text. To finally complete the text type, the children carry out an ‘invent’ write. This is the final supported write before the end of unit Hot Write.
At Woodfield we always use our topic knowledge and other interesting stimulus as a basic for our written work. We are trying really hard to work upon our punctuation and grammar as well as maintain our handwriting skills.
For Maths, Woodfield Primary School follows a medium term plan which focuses on one aspect of maths (such as place value) for 2/3 weeks. Spending more time on each area of maths allows us to teach through a Mastery approach, and to go deeper with the children’s learning through reasoning and problem solving.
We strongly believe that children must grasp the initial ‘fluency’ of their mathematical skills through the use of high quality resources which reinforce the concrete and pictorial, and then allow children to have a good understanding of the abstract.
Children are tested daily on their times table knowledge using our ‘olympic’ challenges. Children try to beat their score and move up the table which is displayed in each classroom.
Measurement, Geometry and Statistics are taught through topic wherever possible, providing children with engaging stimuli for their maths, and showing them the mathematical links to the real world.
Here at Woodfield Primary school we acknowledge that children, who are actively engaged, perform the very best. Our science curriculum focuses primarily on providing children with the opportunity to work scientifically through the means of fun, practical experiences in and outside of the classroom. Our delivery of science within Woodfield, develops a sense of excitement and curiosity, with children being encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. The five fundamental ‘Working scientifically’ approaches embedded within our curriculum and teaching include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.
To further promote and support our love of science within school, Woodfield offers an after school science club – Woodfield Wanderers. The sessions focus on developing the children’s scientific enquiry and involve planning, investigating and evaluating key questions through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Through the Computing curriculum children learn to make and operate simple programmes. In key stage 1 children learn to write and test simple programs and to organise, store and retrieve data. I. Key stage 2 children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the Internet, design and build simple apps and continue to develop programme skills such as debugging. Internet safety will be a strong theme throughout all key stages.
Religious Education (RE)
At Woodfield Primary School we follow the Doncaster Agreed Syllabus for R.E. We focus on the three world religions of Christianity, Islam and Sikhism as these reflect the religions of our local community, revisiting them in increasing depth through the Key Stages. We are beginning to use the 8-step “I can” statements and Progress Steps to support assessment.
R.E. is delivered through block units of work or weekly lessons except in the Foundation Stage where it underpins their Understanding of the World area of development.
Physical Education (PE)
PE plays an important role in a child’s development; physically, socially, emotionally and mentally. At Woodfield Primary School, we deliver a scheme known as Real PE which encompasses all the above development areas. Real PE enables children to progress through the physical ABC’s – Agility, Balance and Co-ordination, these are known as the fundamental skills which enable children to not only participate in sport but also everyday physical activities. As well as teaching our children the physical fundamentals, Real PE allows us to teach and encompass other skills alongside these, such as team work, self confidence and belief, creativeness, persistence and communication which are all taught through the Real PE Cogs.
Alongside Real PE, your child will also take part in an additional hour of PE which is more competitive and based around a sport, such as dance, football, basketball, athletics, gymnastics etc. This allows the pupils to apply the skills from Real PE in a competitive sport situation.
Since using Real PE we have seen an increase in the level of enjoyment and participation from pupils. There are a lot more children taking part and wanting to push themselves in order to progress through each skill.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
At Woodfield Primary School, we deliver a scheme of work known as ‘Jigsaw’ which brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme.
Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6.
Jigsaw consists of 6 Puzzles (half-term units of work) containing 6 Pieces (lessons). Each Piece has 2 Learning Intentions. One is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and the other is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced). These enhancements mean that our PSHE curriculum is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with modern issues such as body image, cyber and homophobic bullying and internet safety.
At Woodfield Primary School, our PSHE programme offers many opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as contributing significantly to all strands of the British Values agenda. SMSC is mapped on every lesson plan and balanced across each year group.
Through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. Our PSCHE lessons raise children’s self esteem and resilience, whilst building skills essential for life and relationships.
Who knows what the digital age will look like when Woodfield’s pupils are living their adult lives? Recognising this, Woodfield Primary School’s Computing curriculum helps our children to increase their knowledge and expertise in using a wide range of digital technology as well as ‘computational thinking’. The children will progress through our Computing curriculum, developing skills in the key areas of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. At the core of all of this knowledge is progression in the children’s ability to problem solve and apply logical reasoning. E-safety is also a principal theme throughout as children become increasingly aware of their interactions with technology and the wider world. To further promote children’s enjoyment and interaction with Computing, Woodfield hosts a KS2 iPad club as well as a team of KS1 & KS2 Digital Leaders working across school on a variety of projects.
Learning to Read. Reading to Learn.
The National Curriculum for English states that, ‘Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’ Here at Woodfield, we take the teaching of reading seriously and have the common aim of ensuring children become active, critical readers and to promote reading for enjoyment for all.
We pride ourselves on our children reading for pleasure whilst still developing the skills and stamina needed to become an effective reader in a range of subject areas; the library being a key area to promote this. All children visit our well-resourced and regularly restocked library which gives them access to a range of genres and authors.
Reading is promoted throughout school in many ways. Staff at Woodfield enjoy listening to children read regularly and provide many fun reading opportunities throughout the school day. We like to hear children read individually at least once over a two-week period. However, as we know, for children to become confident, enthusiastic readers, we also need to take reading beyond the classroom. Everyone at Woodfield values your support at home: listening to your child read and writing comments on their progress is much appreciated.
Shared and Guided Reading takes place across school. Shared Reading occurs in all areas of the curriculum where children are given the opportunity to respond to a wealth of texts in a variety of ways and to develop and share their personal preferences. Within this, we focus upon many areas including the development of vocabulary in context and the promotion of an awareness of spelling in context. Every class has a quality and age appropriate shared text which often links to the current topic or theme; carefully chosen to motivate individuals to become avid lifelong readers.
At Woodfield, we also promote reading via the use of phonics alongside other strategies such as sight recognition. We understand that not all children are phonic learners and therefore we use a range of strategies to enable every child to become the most keen, passionate reader they can be.
Our E-Safety Curriculum
Woodfield Primary School recognises that technology plays an integral part of our children’s lives and their future. Our aim is to equip children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow them to use such exciting advances in technology in a safe, secure and respectful manner.
⦁ E-Safety Curriculum
Discrete sessions of e-safety are delivered by class teachers in every year group throughout the year, with teachers following a clear overview and map of progression that ensures the depth and breadth of children’s e-safety awareness is meticulously planned for. This progression map and curriculum is reviewed constantly to take account of new technologies. Our curriculum makes direct links with our SMSC scheme (Jigsaw), the Prevent agenda and the promotion of British Values in school.
⦁ Technology use within the wider curriculum
Our staff and students use technology within school on a daily basis. When situations arise for discussions on e-safety, teachers are eager to explore these with children. This may be from simply using the internet on interactive whiteboards with children to discussing how to carefully select suitable websites for research in topic lessons.
⦁ Assemblies & Extra-Curricular Activities
Assemblies and participation in international events focusing on e-safety allow children and staff the time to explore the possibilities at our fingertips of international communication. In the past year, children have taken part in Safer Internet Day and a group of children visited the Barney & Echo E-Safety Roadshow.
⦁ Staff awareness
Technology advancements are made each and every day. Computing & E-Safety leaders within school ensure that all staff are made aware of the latest trends in technology. This ensures that as teachers discuss online safety with their children, staff are well-prepared for such discussions.