Woodlands Nursery and Infant School Curriculum Overview
The pupils at Woodlands Nursery and Infant School enjoy rich and varied learning experiences. From September 2014 we will be following the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Years 1 and 2. The Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
At the heart of our curriculum are the key skills of English (as a spoken language, read and written) and Mathematics. We teach most of our other subjects (where practical) through themed topic and project work, which teachers plan purposefully to link subjects together, thus helping to join up children’s learning.
The National Curriculum is divided into subjects, each has its own Programme of Study (English, Maths and Science) or Purpose of Study (all other subjects.) These are split into Years 1 and 2 Each Programme/Purpose of Study has specific Aims and Attainment Targets to be met by the end of a child’s time in that year.
Our school curriculum is planned to be exciting and broad and balanced providing experiences and opportunities that extend the statutory programs of study of the national curriculum and EYFS.
Themes, Topics and Project Work
Each class has a theme or topic running per term or half term. This could be linked to a specific subject e.g. “Vehicles” or a particular project such as “The Seaside” or “Ourselves”. We choose these to match the Curriculum for that age group or because there is an exciting or interesting local connection we want to explore. We hold termly WOW days to launch the new theme and inspire the children. As many links are made between lessons as possible and where practical off site trips or visiting experts are involved to enrich learning. Each term class teachers will send out a detailed planning map explaining the subject areas being studied so families know in advance what their child will be learning about. These curriculum maps are on the year group pages of the web site.
We aim for high standards in speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics and Computing to ensure that our pupils are equipped with the vital skills necessary to succeed in life. At woodlands we use Read, Write, Inc. synthetic phonics scheme in school, combined with the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.
Fun into learning!
As well as embedded inspirational activities across the curriculum we also have a core offer of 20 things to do whilst at Woodlands such as toast marshmallows and splash in puddles! It will also includes key people to see and places to visit.
Phonics and reading
We teach the key skills of English (as a spoken language, read and written) discretely in literacy and in context through our carefully planned topic work . Our aim is to inspire children to read and write independently, skilfully and with pleasure.
Reading covers a range of skills, word reading, comes first. Phonics, matching letters and sounds - then the techniques of independent decoding and blending grow alongside the understanding of word structure and the historical links between words in the English language. Recall of key words and sight vocabulary grows in line with the age related stages of the National Curriculum. At the same time we teach how to understand and take delight in stories and other books, at first by sharing and listening but as soon as possible by fostering a love of independent pleasure in reading. All this supports children in their own comprehension of a range of texts and sets them off into a world where they appreciate and enjoy a positive relationship with the written word.
At Woodlands Infant and Nursery School we follow Read write Inc. This is a Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write. The program is set up with a clear progression.
- In Nursery all children…..
Learn the first 30 sounds in short daily sessions.
- In Reception all children…..
- Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
- Take home Phonics storybooks to share
- Read with fluency and expression
- Learn to spell using known sounds
- Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
- Work well with a partner.
- By the end of year 1 children are…..
Are accurate and speedy readers and are ready to move
Writing is actively taught across all lessons both as a discrete skill and in many cross curricular contexts.
In the beginning writing is the transcription of the phonics taught for reading. Correct letter formation and handwriting techniques for later learning are established early. Spellings are taught in sequence as set out in the national curriculum.
Written composition begins with the structure of sentences and the early skills linked to planning (drafting), writing and checking (editing ) their own work. Wherever practical we teach writing as a life skill embedded in range of real contexts that tie in to class topics and themes. In order that children write with accuracy and correctly we teach new vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in line with the age related expectations set out in the national curriculum.
We learn how to this with class modelled and shared work then demonstrate these skills independently in our writing portfolio books These techniques grow year by year so our children emerge as confident, enthusiastic writers.
The new National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent with the fundamentals of maths. At Woodlands we will follow these principles through the frequent practice of a range of increasingly complex problems, thus our children develop conceptual understanding. As they learn they increase their skills of recall and become confident in applying their new skills rapidly and accurately.
We want our children to reason mathematically so they are equipped to manage the challenges that “real life” maths will throw at them. To be able to solve problems by applying the skills learnt in other lessons, breaking them down into steps and using our school value of perseverance to try and seek solutions.
Children need to experience maths at home too so we ask for parent’s support with homework. Firstly by trying to include as much real life maths in everyday family life as you can. In addition by helping learn key skills such as number bonds and multiplication facts. Finally by helping with homework activities sent home from your child’s class teacher.
The School Curriculum
Our school curriculum for Year 1 and Year 2 children is designed to be creative, practical, purposeful and effective. It is planned to be broad and balanced, and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The following subjects are taught:
 English  Mathematics  Science  History
 Computing  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) inc SMSC and British values
 Art and Design  Music  Design and Technology (DT)
 Geography  Physical Education (PE)  Religious Education (RE)
We work to a long term planning map which identifies when different areas of the curriculum will be taught throughout the school. The medium term planning provides more detail about the learning that will take place. It identifies objectives to be taught and the expected learning outcomes for pupils of all abilities, against which assessments of pupil progress can be made. It ensures that all the statutory requirements are met and that skills, knowledge and understanding are taught progressively.
The school curriculum promotes:
v. A balanced and broad curriculum for all children
v. A cross curricular, thematic approach to learning
v. Opportunities to apply skills and extend knowledge and understanding through a creative, practical and purposeful curriculum
v. Opportunities for widening and deepening children’s experiences
v. Development of independence and thinking skills
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Lincolnshire Agreed RE Syllabus 2012. Through religious education, the children will be able to:
v. Learn about Christianity and about other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom
v. Reflect on a range of human questions and experiences
v. Ask, analyse and respond to deep questions about human life
v. Explore the meaning of ‘authority’, ‘celebration’ and ‘sacred’
vi. Be aware of the ways in which religion influences the lives of individuals and communities
v. Prepare for life as citizens
In accordance with the 1998 Education Reform Act, parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and daily acts of worship (assemblies). Any request should be made in writing to the Headteacher.
The Daily Act of Worship
This is Christian in essence and follows an agreed theme each week. It usually consists of a brief talk or short story and a time for reflection. It may also include a hymn and a prayer. There will be whole school and class assembly times.
Art and design offers opportunities to:
v. stimulate children's creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world
v. develop children's understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
v. explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures
v. help children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments
Our science curriculum provides opportunities for children to:
v. develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences
v. learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas
v. explore values and attitudes through science
In our music curriculum we aim to develop each of the skills of performing, composing and appraising in all lessons. Opportunities are given for children to extend and apply these skills.
Geography & History
Geography develops our knowledge of people and places throughout the world. The children will use a range of resources such as maps, atlases, photographs and computers to enhance their learning. Our children will ask geographical questions about people, places and types of environment in our local area and beyond. In history, children learn about and from the past. History will be delivered in our school through stories, investigation of artifacts and the use of other resources including books, photographs, computers, visitors into school and outside visits. The children will learn about changes in their own lives, and their family or others around them. They will find out how the past is different from the present and about significant people and events.
Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are being increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Computing is primarily concerned with the use of computers, but also includes children becoming proficient in the use of a variety of audio visual aids including digital cameras, tape recorders, CD players, programmable toys and televisions. Technology is used throughout the curriculum and children use it to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. With reference to the Internet and email use, parents are asked to give permission before children use this technology. All classes also have access to computers and interactive whiteboards located within the classroom.
Design and Technology (DT)
Design Technology is a practical subject that asks children to be creative problem solvers, working as individuals and as part of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas to solve the identified problem. An emphasis is placed on the learning of practical skills combined with an understanding of function and aesthetics. Children will learn to reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ products for suitability of purpose.
Physical Education (PE) and Sporting Activities
Children will experience a broad range of activities in their PE lessons. This will include dance and gymnastic activities, athletics, and games. Children have opportunities to improve upon their individual performances, and to compete in teams and as individuals. They are encouraged to overcome challenges. The school aims to promote the enjoyment of PE for all children whatever their level of ability. Children will benefit from expert teaching with sports coaches and class teachers.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school seeks to develop the whole child. Wherever possible, children are encouraged to take advantage of a range of extra curricular activities. The school values the achievements of children both in and out of school. The weekly celebrations assembly recognises these achievements.
Sex and Relationships Education
This school does not teach sex education as a discrete subject. However, children's questions are answered by the class teacher sensitively and appropriately to their intellectual development when asked. This is most likely to be when the children are learning about the life cycle of plants, people and animals during science topics, in PSHE and during informal pastoral time.
Pupil Welfare and Personal, Social and Health Education
At Woodlands Infant & Nursery School, we recognize the importance of caring for the emotional wellbeing of our pupils and the need of each child to develop positive self esteem. We develop qualities of self confidence, self and social awareness through PSHE lessons as well as other areas of the curriculum. We have high expectations of behaviour in all situations and encourage mutual respect through our School Code of Conduct. We want all children to feel safe, happy and confident, both in lessons and at break times, and encourage them to talk through any problems they might have and to work together to find solutions wherever possible.