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Curriculum at Woodside

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The links below provide more detail of the curriculum for each year group:   


Reception                        Year 1                                Year 2


Year 3                          Year 4                           Year 5                      Year 6



At Woodside Primary School and Nursery, we make every moment count, for every child, by providing stimulating, purposeful learning experiences, through a carefully-constructed curriculum, delivered within a safe and nurturing environment.


Curriculum Design


Our curriculum has reading at its heart, with a golden core of key knowledge and skills that are the foundations children use to build on, in order to broaden their learning experiences. 


Reading at the Heart


Reading being at the heart of our curriculum, we aim for all children to become strong readers, developing their breadth of vocabulary, as this is the knowledge which becomes the foundation upon which the rest of learning can be built.  Therefore, we put a high priority on choosing engaging texts, linked to our topic, that provide meaningful opportunities for reading.  The children read a broad variety of genres and develop their reading skills through careful questioning using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise).   Ambitious vocabulary is paramount therefore words are explicit taught and expected to be applied in all aspects of English.


The Golden Core


In writing lessons, we give children to opportunity to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.  We encourage children to both tell and write text in order to build their speaking and listening skills alongside their writing.  This approach enables all children to engage with the vocabulary and sentence structures of the texts. In EYFS and KS1, children develop their phonics (through Letters and Sounds), spelling and punctuation and apply this across the curriculum at every writing opportunity.  In KS2, features of the different text types are explicitly taught and practised before bringing these different components together for extended writing sessions.  Year on year, children are taught to build on their knowledge of different sentence types and punctuation and over time become more flexible in manipulating text to suit the audience.


In mathematics, children are given the opportunity to explore using concrete manipulatives, ensuring conceptual understand of the operations being taught.  Through, ‘I See Reasoning’, we teach children to reason in an increasingly sophisticated manner, proving their answers and explaining what they are doing using mathematical vocabulary.  In addition to this, we use short daily maths recall to ensure fluency in number, including securing number bonds and times table facts through ‘Do now’ tasks and ‘Jedi Arithmetic’.


Thematic Approach


In Topic, we thematically teach the knowledge and skills of Science and foundation subjects including history, geography, art and design, and design technology (DT).    ‘Knowledge Organisers’ (see Year Group Pages for further detail) summarise the key vocabulary and facts children are required to know by the end of the topic.  Where possible, thematic links are made with computing and music, however at times, the knowledge and skills are more discretely taught.    Each topic is carefully designed to allow cross-curricular links, ensuring that each learning experience has meaning and relevance for the children.  


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)


Our ethos of a safe and nurturing environment is created by a wealth of Personal, Social and Emotional aspects to learning which interweaves throughout Woodside. 


At the start of each week, Mindful Mondays draw on the five ways to well-being (Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give and Be Active) so the children are emotionally prepared to engage in their learning.    Picture News is shared with the children to raise awareness of current matters nationally and globally.  Each week, news articles are linked to British Values and the UN Conventions of the Rights of a Child.  Our Woodside Journalists from Year 6 also gather and report on local, national and global news.


Our new PSHE curriculum (3D Dimensions) supports the teaching and learning of PSHE at Woodside. With the three core themes: Health and Well Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.  In addition to this, there are KS1 and KS2 lessons which age-appropriately address Extremism and Radicalisation (E&R) and in Upper KS2, there are lessons for Relationships and Sex Education and Substance Related Abuse.


At Woodside, we follow the Dudley SACRE 2013 RE Agreed syllabus for Religious Education.  This enables children to explore a range of beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values and enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities


Making every moment count, the breath of learning goes beyond the classroom, with extra-curricular opportunities during lunchtime and at the beginning or end of the school day.  All clubs are delivered by staff or external providers (WBA Foundation) offering a range of academic, sporting and artistic learning which includes:  Reading, SPaG and Read Theory, Drama, Italian, Football, Basketball, Dodgeball, Playmakers, Tri-Golf, Tennis, Albion Ambassador, Netball, Rugby, Outdoor Adventure, Gymnastics, Dance, Art, Music and Choir.


In addition to this, Year 6 have the opportunity to start their learning at IT Club from 8am each morning before their school day commences.  They also have the opportunity to attend Easter School during this school holiday period. 


Whenever possible the children will be involved in activities which take them into the community (e.g. our choir sing to the residents of our local nursing homes) and bring members of the community into school to share their knowledge and experience.


We also offer breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs.  Please enquire at main reception for further details.


Curriculum Queries, Compliments and Complaints


If you have any questions or concerns over what your child is learning at Woodside please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance.  If necessary, then please contact the Phase Manager.  Equally, we would like to know what you think is working well at Woodside so please share these thoughts with us too.