Below we have detailed information about the EYFS and KS1 curriculums. Since 2019 we have reassessed what our children learn - and why. How it benefits them - and why. We will continue to review and reflect on our teaching, breadth of hands on opportunities, trips and parental involvement. This will continue to remain a focus for the next few years and beyond to ensure that we are maximising every possible opportunity for your children to learn.
Our subject leaders have also looked at what children would benefit from before transitioning to Junior school, involving our link school where possible to align KS1 and KS2 accordingly.
Please see our curriculum maps, which we will update as we adapt our curriculum.
In policies you will also be able to view our subject policies. Please bear with us, we have come a long way since September 2019 and some of our policies are still in draft form. We will update these as quickly as we can.
We also have a pupil zone with websites to support your child's learning in each subject.
There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS curriculum and they are all important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The three prime areas are:
Communication and language;
Personal, social and emotional development.
There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
Understanding the world;
Expressive arts and design.
Within the seven areas we provide many creative activities and experiences for children, which involve: playing and exploring; active learning and creating and thinking critically.
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.
EARLY LEARNING GOALS
The level of progress children are expected to attain by the end of the EYFS is defined by the early learning goals. Details of these goals are included in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, a copy of which is available in the school office or can be found online.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)
Each child’s level of development is assessed against the early learning goals. Teachers will tell you whether your child is meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This is the EYFS Profile.
KEY STAGE 1
English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. It is of central importance because it holds the key to all other areas of learning as well as being a subject in its own right. English consists of four strands. These are reading, writing, (including spelling and handwriting) and speaking and listening and at Woodlands we aim to build strong basic skills so children can apply them in our creative curriculum.
Speaking and listening involves talking, explaining and reasoning (including philosophy). We think it is essential to develop children’s ability to talk about and explain their ideas with their ‘talk partner’ and to collaborate with others in small groups and to discuss ideas with adults.
Writing We know that if children can develop their ideas through talking with others about a subject, then they will naturally be able to write about those ideas too. However, children also need to develop the basic skills of writing:
Holding their pencil correctly (using ‘froggy fingers’);
Having good fine motor control;
Knowing the correct way to form letters;
Being able to write the sounds they hear in the words.
We have a programme to develop all these skills which start in our nursery classes and are built on systematically each year.
From September 2020, Woodlands will use a bespoke spelling system that is unique to our school and built around the needs of our pupils. This will ensure that children are learning to spell words that support every day writing, link to their phonetical awareness and challenges all pupils.
Reading We use a synthetic phonic system called 'Letters and Sounds' that is adapted to meet the needs of pupils in Woodlands. It is a very successful and systematic way to teach reading and all children make very good progress using this approach.
In addition we teach children to read some on sight key words to reading– and parents can play games at home with children to help them learn too. Our reading books give children practise with these words as well as being well linked to their phonetical awareness. Information sessions are regularly held in the autumn term so that parents and carers can be equally involved and guided in their child’s learning of reading and writing.
Mathematics At Woodlands great emphasis is placed on developing the understanding of mathematics concepts and language. From September 2020, Woodlands will follow a bespoke, whole school curriculum with the emphasis is on practical activities. Children are encouraged to discuss and explain their thinking with partners and their class in a variety of ways to deepen their knowledge and thinking.
The curriculum follows a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach which ensures deep understanding of mathematical concepts during individual lessons and over time.
Carefully-designed spiral progression in the programme builds up knowledge over time, enabling all children to become confident mathematicians.
Promote the discussion and exploration of maths, with a strong emphasis on mathematical language, speaking in full sentences, and reasoning (by children consistently being required to explain how they know).
Links to real-life and cross-curricular opportunities and experiences as much as possible to ensure children make purposeful and interesting links.
Science Young children have a fascination for discovering the world about them and love to ask questions about how and why things happen. They are natural scientists and at Woodlands we build on this natural enquiry approach when developing our science topics. We are currently reviewing the topics and skills taught within science to ensure that our pupils leave Woodlands with the best opportunities for a science-rich future.
Our school grounds include a Wildlife area, with a Gardening gan too! Children (and parent volunteers) go to Forest School in Bills Wood with their teachers as an additional way to explore science and cross-curricular opportunities.
Design and technology activities within our topics give children the opportunity to work with a range of materials and equipment and learn how to use them appropriately and safely. Children learn to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making products such as wheeled vehicles, puppets and homes.
Computing Our computing curriculum reflects the three aspects of the subject: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Programming is an important part of this curriculum. We also teach children how to create and explore QR codes- utilising opportunities to think about their technology rich future and potential skills they will need to acquire later in life!
E-safety is also an important part of our curriculum and children learn how to use the internet safely and how to communicate via e-mail safely.
History and Geography This area of our curriculum stimulates children’s curiosity to investigate the world and their place within it. We have topics which explore the world around them in both Year One and Two.
Engaging children in questions about people and events in the past helps them begin to
understand how events that happened long ago or in other countries can affect our lives
today and how we can help shape the future.
At Woodlands, children begin to learn about the impact of their actions on the planet. This is increasingly becoming an important part of our ethos and drive to improve our school and is supported with our Eco Council.
Music We aim to provide musical experiences, which involve all children as active participants,
creating and controlling sounds and listening and responding to a wide range of music. Our music teaching is supported by the ‘Charanga’ music scheme. Children learn to play the
ocarina in Year One and the recorder in Year Two lessons. Children regularly sing and perform during school assemblies.
Art and Design Throughout their time in school we encourage children to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring a range of materials and processes. Pupils use colour, form, texture and pattern to communicate what they see, feel and think. Pupils explore the ideas and meanings in the work of contemporary artists and designers and the work of artists in different times and cultures. We encourage the children to see themselves as artists and display their work around school for everyone to enjoy. We also do work with a professional potter!
Dance Children develop physical skills and the ability to use the space imaginatively and creatively and work with others to perform dances, confidently and with expression. They learn about and experience different dance styles, linked to school topics. So for example Year Two created a contemporary fire dance when studying the Great Fire of London.
Drama Children take part in role plays with their friends and with teachers. Drama conventions are used across the curriculum. At Christmas all the children take part in school productions or carol concerts which they perform for parents, and Year Two perform in an end of year production in their last term at Woodlands.
Physical Education We aim to develop children’s competence and confidence within a range of activities via games, gymnastics and dance. We believe that our PE lessons are important not just for growth in physical skilfulness and development but also for the opportunities they give for children to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams.
We hold an annual sports day in the summer term and adventurous activities. After school clubs and lunchtime clubs enhance the PE curriculum. This area of learning promotes children’s understanding of the importance of leading healthy, balanced lifestyles.
Personal Health Social Economic Development As a school we value social and emotional aspects of learning to develop children’s feelings. This also includes work on friendships and we help children to learn how to manage their emotions. Children learn that being healthy includes thinking about the food we eat, exercise, hygiene, rest and relaxation. Please see our Wellbeing strand for how our curriculum is expanding and evolving at Woodlands.
Children also learn about right and wrong, fairness and unfairness, justice and injustice, respect for others and for those with different faiths and beliefs. Their growing understanding helps them to make sense of the world and prepares them to play an active role as informed responsible citizens. In our school, children are encouraged to become school councillors, eco monitors, playground buddies, lunchtime helpers, school sports captains and librarians.
Religious Education provides our pupils with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religious traditions. Children explore the ways that belief influences people in their behaviour and outlook and we encourage the children to look for meaning and purpose to enhance their own spiritual and moral growth.
Collective Worship All pupils take part in a daily assembly led by members of staff or groups of children or visitors. When a class leads the school assembly, the parents of those pupils are most
welcome to join us. Parents are also invited at Harvest, Christmas and for other
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any part of religious education and worship. Requests for withdrawal should be made in writing to the Headteacher. Classteachers will set appropriate activities for the children to complete during this time. A member of staff will supervise them.