New Primary School Curriculum
The Government have released a New National Curriculum which was implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. You will find the Medium Term Plans (lesson plans for the current term) that our staff have planned for the 2017-18 Academic Year under the Medium Term Plans tab.
We have a strong belief that a broad and balanced curriculum should be delivered to all children, enthusiastically,to stimulate their minds so that each child is given the opportunity to be included in a wide curriculum. Our setting is organised into 3 age related phases that deliver a curriculum for children from the age of 4 - 11 years.
Reception class form the Foundation Stage which caters for children from 4-5 years old. They follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and;
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) follow the new National Curriculum
The School Curriculum
Woodside's main priorities are the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, and all the children follow the National Curriculum subjects of English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal Social and Health Education and Citizenship. Religious Education is also included within the basic curriculum.
1. We have a well-defined balance of subjects throughout the school. The school curriculum is the heart of education and through it we hope to help each child to develop a lively, enquiring mind, to acquire knowledge and moral values and tolerances of other races, religions and ways of life.
2. Initially we place much emphasis on the teaching of READING, for we believe that this is the key to much of the learning which will come later. A wide variety of strategies are used to initiate reading skills early within a structured school teaching programme, including phonics. We use Read Write Inc to teach the children phonics from Reception right through KS1 and some KS2. Each child will come home with a reading book to practice reading at home throughout KS1 & KS2. In KS1 we use a variety of reading schemes to ensure continued progress and to cater for each individual child and their literacy potential. The main reading schemes are Collins, Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat. KS2 use Oxford Reading Tree and Collins until they are confident readers, at this point they are then free to choose which books they would like to read from the free reading section. Clear individual reading record sheets are shared with parents throughout KS1 and KS2 in their Home Reading Record book. This will enable parents to follow their child's progress clearly and work with the teacher. Each class also plans their Topic through a quality text and other subjects link in with this.
Mathematics and Science are placed high on our list of priorities. Through numeracy, science lessons and cross-curricular practical activities and discussions in these subjects, the child is developing the ability to question and argue rationally and perceive relationships. Traditional methods are also used throughout the school in the teaching of times tables, mental arithmetic and spelling with regular tests to monitor progress.
3. Computers are available in each classroom along with iPads to develop the children's skills in computing. Laptop computers are also used throughout the school and each classroom has an interactive whiteboard for teachers and pupils to use in varied teaching and learning styles.
4. Experiences are designed to acquaint the child with the world and develop cultural awareness through a broad and balanced curriculum of environmental studies, history, geography, music, project or topic work, stories, poetry and religious education.
5. Physical education, including gymnastics, dance and games. The arts including drama and design technology all have important roles to play in our school. We also have various outside agencies in school throughout the school year to deliver sports/P.E/dance sessions e.g. Commando Joe's and Widnes Vikings. The children thoroughly enjoy this and benefit immensly from the experience.
6. Activities to promote personal, social, health education (PSHE) and citizenship are implicit in the daily life of the school, social inclusion and tolerance are fundamental to the ethos of our school. Every month the whole school focuses on a value e.g. Empathy, Resilience, Perserverance. That particular value will be promoted and encouraged throughout the school at all times in a variety of ways.
For more details about the Primary National Curriculum please click the link below
Art & Design Policy 2017-18
Computing Policy 2017-18
Early Years and Foundation Stage Policy 2017-18
English Policy 2017-18
Geography Policy 2017-18
History Policy 2017-18
Marking Policy 2017-18
Maths Policy 2017-18
Music Policy 2017-18
Religious Education Policy 2017-18
Science Policy 2017-18
**If you would like a paper copy of any of the above policies free of charge please see Joanne or Michelle in the Office**