At Woodley CofE Primary School, the curriculum is specifically tailored to meet the needs of our children. All young people are individuals and our curriculum recognises that. We aim to offer our children the best educational experience possible. We want our curriculum to be exciting, interesting and engaging so that children are curious, inspired and enjoy learning. We believe it is important that our children receive the basic entitlement of the New National Curriculum and more.
Our curriculum is designed to provide a rich and varied program of activities and learning experiences to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of all learners, within and beyond the school day.
Our curriculum is underpinned by a clear whole school vision;
Our Cycle of Christian Core Values:
And our curriculum drivers, which are characteristics that define our curriculum and underpin the work we do.
Our drivers are areas that we value as a school; they give focus to learning opportunities and are embedded throughout teaching and learning, developing the child as a whole.
At Woodley CofE we believe that higher order thinking skills are fundamental to success with learning but also for success in later life. We believe that pupil led enquiry is key to developing these skills.
Through a range of engaging stimuli pupils are encouraged to investigate lines of enquiry through their own questioning.
SMSC – Well-Being
At Woodley CofE we believe that children learn best when they feel secure, valued and confident to talk about their beliefs and feelings. All members of the school community are equally respected.
At Woodley CofE we believe that the Arts are vital in developing confidence, creativity and individuality.
At Woodley CofE we believe that children should develop the skills to innovatively use technology at home and at school for both social and learning purposes. They should have a keen awareness of they use technology to ensure their own safety, health and well-being.
We recognise that technology is a part of our children's natural environment and embrace a wide range of technology as an essential tool for learning.
Real and Practical
At Woodley CofE we believe that quality learning is best facilitated through relevant and meaningful hands-on experiences. We are aware that children have different learning styles and we endeavor to make the curriculum accessible for all.
At Woodley CofE Primary School, the needs of the children determine the emphasis of our curriculum. We aim to give children an individual curriculum that changes and adapts according to where the children are and what their needs are. Our curriculum is fluid and delivers a program of continuous intervention.
At the heart of our curriculum is a strong, in-depth knowledge of each and every child. Planning the curriculum starts with knowing the class, knowing where each child is, knowing where the gaps are, and what the next steps are. A topic is then devised to meet these needs. We believe that starting from the children's needs and designing a topic around them, enables the children to gain a fuller understanding of the learning in question; it enables them to engage more deeply, to understand the relevance of what they are learning, why learning matters, and develops the child as a whole.
Woodley CofE Primary School is committed to developing the best possible learning opportunities for all of its children. We believe in first identifying the children's needs, giving learning a sound educational purpose, and then creating imaginative and engaging learning opportunities to accomplish this.
We encourage active learning through exploration, enquiry, investigation and structured play using first hand experiences wherever possible. We provide a range of opportunities for children to develop, use and refine key knowledge, understanding and skills, and to practice and apply them regularly in different contexts. The organisation of each day offers freedom from specific time constraints and gives teachers the flexibility to design and deliver engaging, innovative, imaginative learning experiences in a way that best suits the children.
We believe that it is important that our children have a strong awareness of their community and locality, of whom they are and where they fit in the world. We believe that successful learning depends on a positive partnership between home, school and the wider community and we seek opportunities for our children to become involved in their community and develop partnerships with local businesses and community groups who bring a variety of skills and positive role models to our children.
We actively encourage a variety of independent work, teamwork and collaboration. We use a range of class, year group and whole school learning, and through the selection of creative, motivating, purposeful and relevant approaches to learning, we seek to develop children's imagination, their openness to possibilities and their ability to reflect critically and question.
Our curriculum provides children with a rich and varied learning environment that enables them to try new things and to find and develop their passions and talents. We believe the curriculum we offer should fire children's imagination and be challenging, yet enable all children to feel success, no matter what their ability or interests. It should promote in children a self-belief and self-confidence and provide opportunities for children to lead.
Our curriculum aims to make learning come to life, to engage and inspire, and offer children a love of learning that will last a lifetime.