Our Challenge based Curriculum reflects the coverage outlined in the National Curriculum
The National 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. The following subjects are taught:
 Literacy  Numeracy  Science
 Information and Communications Technology (ICT)  Design and Technology (DT)
 Art and Design  Music  History
 Geography  Physical Education (PE)  Religious Education (RE)
 Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
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. Short term plans are then prepared by teachers identifying which learning objectives will be taught within each week and providing the detail for individual lessons.
The school curriculum promotes:
- A balanced and broad curriculum for all children
- A cross curricular, thematic approach to learning
- Opportunities to apply skills and extend knowledge and understanding through a creative, practical and purposeful curriculum
- Opportunities for widening and deepening children’s experiences
- Development of independence and thinking skills
Establishing high standards of pupil achievement in Communication, Language and Literacy is a priority at Woodlands Infant & Nursery school. Within lessons, pupils receive direct teaching of reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening. Children learn about a range of different text types, and about the key features of each style of writing.
We are committed to providing the highest standards of achievement in mathematics. All children access learning under the four programs of study in the National Curriculum which are Number, Calculation, Shape, Space and Measures and Using and Applying. Children are taught a range of strategies for calculating answers to problems mentally, as well as the more usual written methods.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Lincolnshire Agreed RE Syllabus 2000. Through religious education, the children will be able to:
- Learn about Christianity and about other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom
- Reflect on a range of human questions and experiences
- Ask, analyse and respond to deep questions about human life
- Explore the meaning of ‘authority’, ‘celebration’ and ‘sacred’
- Be aware of the ways in which religion influences the lives of individuals and communities
- 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, a time for reflection, a hymn and a prayer.
Art and design offers opportunities to:
- stimulate children's creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world
- develop children's understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
- 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
- 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:
- develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences
- learn about ways of thinking and of finding out about and communicating ideas
- 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.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Information and Communication Technology 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. ICT 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. ICT 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.
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.