Each school is unique, each serving a community with a unique set of characteristics. As a result, it is only right that schools should tailor their curriculums accordingly, in order to meet the needs of their children. At Woodhall, we have reflected upon what should drive our curriculum, drawing upon what our children need most in order to become educated citizens.
Our curriculum aims to support children who attend our school by:
- Widening their KNOWLEDGE of the WORLD because we believe children should have a wonderment and interest locally, nationally and internationally
- Increasing their subject VOCABULARY because words convey meaning; this increases their knowledge and understanding
- Developing their CURIOSITY and ASPIRATIONS because these are essential components that engage and connect children with the curriculum
- Enhancing CRITICAL thinking skills because successful learners compare, analyse, sift, sort and ask perceptive questions
At its heart, our curriculum has been designed to enable children to respond proactively and positively to the challenges they may face. By creating learners who are in control of their education, we also create children who are will be independent thinkers through their future education and into their lives beyond the classroom.
National Curriculum Coverage:
At Woodhall we teach English, mathematics and science thoroughly, drawing on the National Curriculum for England for the essential knowledge children require in order to be educated citizens. Our curriculum introduces children to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
To support teaching and learning across the school, we use a number of targeted improvement programmes. In English, we follow the Success for All programme, utilising its cooperative frameworks and behaviour management strategies across our curriculum. In mathematics, we follow the Mathematics Mastery programme.
Our wider curriculum is planned around themes that are well sequenced, engaging and expect children to connect previous learning to current learning and knowledge.
Knowledge to be taught:
The content of our curriculum is age-related and matched from the National Curriculum, except in English, where children still follow the requirements of the National Curriculum, but are taught in stage groups. These groups are adjusted at regular intervals during the year, which is the key to distinguishing this approach from streaming and/ or setting by perceived ability.
We teach personal development through high quality, well-organised learning experiences. This is planned into classroom practice as well as being connected to the curriculum.
Spiritual, Moral and Social and Cultural education is connected to the themes of learning, and understanding is developed within the themes of learning for each year group.