Infant Curriculum Overview
Curriculum Statement 2017/18
At Woodfield Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the RWI phonics programme and developing their fluency in reading through our daily reading activities.
The National Curriculum is delivered using a creative topic approach, where each year group delivers the teaching of skills linked to a real life theme to promote experiential learning opportunities. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Ambition, Belief, Courage) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our community are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are supported through a framework based on The National Curriculum. These subjects are taught in mixed ability groups in EYFS and Key Stage 1. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Alongside this, theme weeks and days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and we aim to ensure that the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology. School participation in charity and fundraising events, as well as visits and visitors, serve to further extend our learning opportunities for all children.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, and we run a Forest Schools programme which ensures all children receive outdoor learning opportunities.
All of our children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing our children’s independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future learners is at the heart of our curriculum.