Curriculum Statement of Intent
At Woodlands Academy, the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum for all pupils by ensuring that the Woodland’s Curriculum is delivered through rich, imaginative and cross-curricular learning that will inspire children. The curriculum is fun and exciting so that pupils are engaged and passionate about their learning and have a desire to ask questions and solve problems that they are faced with.
Our curriculum builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the The National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. We want pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. It is important that our curriculum considers the development of the whole child and not only concentrate on academic success.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that high-quality texts are key in under-pinning core skills that impact on writing, maths and other areas of the curriculum. Not only does it link all areas together, it has been vital in increasing pupils exposure to vocabulary and deepening their understanding.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We use our School Values (Determination, Respect, Self-belief & Determination) as well as the British Values to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. We ensure that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, curriculum days, fantastic finish days and events and festivals. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Children leave Woodlands with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
You can find out more about the National Curriculum here: The National Curriculum in England.
You can see how our curriculum is mapped out in a detailed termly breakdown which is available in our ‘What are we learning?’ area.
We have an ethos and curriculum which promote equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, creed, class or ability. We emphasise co-operation and respect for one another at all times.