At Woodfield Primary School, we love being engaged and active in our learning through a wide range of topics, subjects and lessons.
We have planned our own curriculum content, to ensure full coverage and delivery of Curriculum 2014 through topics which our pupils have requested and which are relevant and of interest to them. Our curriculum is consistently broad and balanced for every child, with a wealth of opportunities and experiences to fully engage in cross-curricular teaching and learning.
The curriculum is in a two year cycle so that within each phase they work together and show progression of skills. The curriculum is regularly reviewed at phase and whole school levels, with feedback from pupil and parental voice. All stakeholders therefore have ownership of the curriculum at Woodfield Primary School.
The Foundation Curriculum
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 yearâ€™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.
Key Stage One and Two – Focus areas
We have three areas we focus upon in our curriculum each year:
Discover – This is a humanities focus, where the majority of the skills and knowledge being taught is through Geography, History and Religious Education.
Explore – The main focus is on Science and Scientific enquiry, building on skills, investigating and problem solving.
Create – Time to get creative and further develop skills, understanding and enjoyment of all arts subjects, such as Music, Art, Design Technology and Drama.
Key features of The Woodfield Curriculum
Key features and drivers which flow consistently through all phases and topics are:
-Details of every subject area within the curriculum
-Core texts (Novel study approach to English)
-SMSC and British Values
-Enterprise and charity projects
-Collaboration and engagement strategies
-Experiences, opportunities, visits and visitors
-Vocabulary and use of 2nd tier vocabulary in all subject areas
-Outdoor learning opportunities
-Learning for Life
-Skills based learning
-Metacognition; children understanding themselves as learners
Long Term Overview
Our Long Term Overview shows coverage of Curriculum 2014 across all phases over a two year rolling cycle.
Medium Term Planning
Medium Term Plans show coverage of all subjects, with the main driver topic focus being in the centre of the plan. Each year the 3 main drivers will be Discover, Create or Explore.
Experiences, Opportunities, Visits and Visitors
Woodfield Primary School believes in providing children with first hand engaging experiences both in and out of school.
See below examples of some of the opportunities we have during the school year.
Strong subject leadership underpins curriculum development with teachers having excellent subject knowledge which they use to monitor the subject they lead.
The Curriculum Team provides structure, professional development and peer challenge in a supportive manner to subject leaders. The group discuss their subject action plans, priorities, monitoring, and use of budget. As a group, work scrutiny and pupil voice is shared and then reported back with strengths and key development points which become part of the curriculum review. This ensures the curriculum remains has breadth and balance with a cross-curricular and skills approach in all phases.
Developing English is at the heart of what we do at Woodfield and that is why English is a key priority for all phases in our Developing Excellence Plan this year. We have a team of English leads who ensure there is full coverage, teaching and tracking of all aspects of English.
Current educational research and development underpins our English Developing Excellence Plan which draws on research by the Education Endowment Foundation, building on good practice taken from ‘Effective Characteristics of Literacy’ research findings. Working alongside EEF and other practitioners, we are also part of research projects for Reciprocal Reading, Talk 4 Writing and Teacher in Role.
Please see our English page for more information.
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.
Please see our Maths page for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have very close links to our local church. Reverend Price is regularly in school and children always enjoy partaking in his half-termly assemblies. As a school it is important to us that we also help the church with their work supporting the homeless people in the community through food and clothing donations, baking for their coffee mornings and fundraising.
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 PSHE 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 use a whole school approach called ‘Thrive’. Thrive supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills, all of which are needed for learning to take place. Thrive is an approach to working with all children. It is based on neurological evidence which addresses brain development so that all children learn to regulate their emotional responses, develop resilience and manage disappointment and frustration.
Children access a ‘Thrive Curriculum’ through whole class teaching inputs, and small group inputs/ 1:1 thrive sessions if appropriate. Whole class Thrive sessions take place at least 3 times a week and are reviewed on a regular basis. Thrive uses relational, play and arts based activities and strategies in order to support children with their emotional and social development relevant to their age.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and the Fundamental British Values
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development along with the Fundamental British Values are embedded in all aspects of the curriculum at Woodfield Primary School, amongst all age groups. Class teachers track coverage on a half term basis, highlighting key teaching moments directly relating to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This also includes assemblies, trips and whole school events.
For more information regarding SMSC and the Fundamental British Values at Woodfield Primary School, please see the ‘British Values and SMSC’ on the ‘Information’ tab.