The content of our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum, 2014, which we deliver in a creative and flexible manner depending upon the needs and interests of our children. We teach our children how to learn effectively using the Building Learning Power, so that they become effective learners who have the skills and attitude to learn in any context.
For an Overview of the curriculum per year group, please visit the Curriculum page. For further detail also see the termly Class Curriculum Newsletters. Further information about the curriculum and BLP can be obtained from the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher.
Mathematics: Maths is an essential life skill. We give great importance to developing pupils’ understanding of numbers and ability to problem solve. Mental and written calculations are developed throughout the school in a way which is appropriate to both age and ability. We aim to help pupils enjoy Maths, seeing its relevance and understanding how it can be applied to their everyday lives.
We follow the National Curriculum and more details of this can be found by clicking here.
The new Maths Framework is organised into four key areas: Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Geometric Reasoning. We use Rigby Rising Stars to organise our teaching and our approach to the teaching of Maths is through the use of real life contexts, practical equipment and a Talk for Maths approach. This enables pupils to extend their mathematical understanding and develop their communication, reasoning and problem solving skills. The learning of key facts (number bonds as well as multiplication and division facts) will remain a daily feature of lessons and will underpin the curriculum.
Mathletics, an educational app, is used in school and at home for the children to practice number activities, play games and mathematical challenges.
English: We know that reading, writing, speaking and listening are all key areas of learning if pupils are to flourish, both now and in the future. We teach English skills within English lessons and also through an integrated approach with other subjects. Where possible we base writing on real experiences and for a real audience. We bring authors, storytellers and theatre groups into school to further stimulate and enthuse our children, knowing enjoyment contributes towards their success.
We follow the National Curriculum and more details of this can be found by clicking here.
Writing: We focus on writing different text types through the Talk for Writing approach. This involves a process in which the pupils imitate (learn a text), innovate (make some changes) and then invent their own text. This approach enables pupils to gain a good understanding of the language and organisational features of different text types, and apply these acquired skills to write a range of effective texts. Grammar and punctuation are taught within English lessons and as separate lesson, where the children are taught to develop their grammatical understanding of the English language, which includes sentence construction and the use of punctuation. In Key Stage 1 Phonics is taught daily and is based on the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. In Key Stage 2 Spelling is taught most days and is based upon the No Nonsense programme.
Reading: Reading is a priority at Woodbury Primary. We teach reading skills within English lessons and Group Reading sessions. We also timetable opportunities for the children to engage in sustained private reading as well as opportunities to visit the library. We have book areas in each class and belong to the Devon School’s Library Service, which provides us with over a thousand fresh books each year. In Key Stage One, we use reading schemes including Rigby Star, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree's Project X, and National Geographic. Children can access their reading books online at home and school via Bug club. Code X is a programme designed to encourage and enthuse readers in Year 2, who need a boost to master decoding and comprehension skills. When a child completes the reading scheme, demonstrating that they read with a good level of understanding, they become a ‘free reader’ choosing their books from the class or school library. This year we are introducing Accelerated Reader, an online system to monitor the reading habits and comprehension of free reader children. Using this, we will be able to monitor children continually, through a series of levelled on line quizzes, which the children undertake individually after reading books. This will ensure that each child has individual reading goals, which can be achieved through a wide choice of books.
Phonics: We teach phonics everyday to our Foundation and all Key Stage 1 children. We base our teaching upon the Letters and Sounds programme, supplementing with additional resources as appropriate. We use early phonic reading books to reinforce the learning in phonics lessons. Where necessary, we extend the teaching of phonics into Key Stage 2 where children need additional support to secure their phonic knowledge.
Science: Our pupils will develop knowledge and understanding through their scientific working, which includes exploration and investigation. Areas studied at Key Stage 1 include: plants; animals including humans; everyday materials; and seasonal change. In lower Key Stage 2 areas studied are plants; animals, including humans; forces and magnets; states of matter; rocks; sound; electricity and light. In upper Key Stage 2 pupils learn about living things and their habitats; animals, including humans, properties and changes of materials; Earth and space; evolution and inheritance, light and electricity.
Computing: It is our aim that pupils are computer literate so can understand and apply the principles of computer science, can undertake computer programming and can use computers and associated technologies safely as active participants in a digital world. Pupils therefore have specific computing lessons where they learn about, explore, analyse and evaluate computers and/or programmes so that they learn to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technologies. E-safety is taught at an appropriate level across the school, with a particular focus during the National E-Safety Week. We use opportunities to use ICT when learning other subjects.
Religious Education: RE lessons engage children to 'learn about' and 'learn from' religions and world views. At Key Stage 1 pupils learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them by encountering and responding to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. Key Stage 1 pupils study Christianity and one other religion. They are encouraged to ask questions and talk about what is important to themselves and others. At Key Stage 2 pupils investigate and consider the impact of religion, making connections between different faiths/ beliefs and how these are expressed. Key Stage 2 pupils study Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam and also non-religious worldviews such as Humanism, whilst considering their own beliefs and beliefs of others.
Music: Pupils get a wide range of musical experiences, and are given opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including performing, composing and appraising. All children learn to sing in the school choir, which is taught in 3 separate choirs and performs in a concert at least once a term. Music is a particular strength in our school and pupils’ skills are often showcased in the community.
Art: We place great importance on the creative curriculum and aim to give pupils an appreciation of different art forms in addition to their progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. We use a variety of tools, materials and techniques to create our own work which involves both 2D and 3D pieces. Teaching allows for pupils own creativity and imagination as well as the learning of specific methods and styles. Pupils also learn about great artists, craft makers and designers.
Design and Technology: In DT our pupils gain first-hand experience of working safely with a wide variety of materials and tools. Pupils examine ready made products and they design, make and evaluate their own work, for example torches. We place a particular emphasis upon teaching children about how to cook healthy snacks and meals and in the future aspire to source this using produce from a school allotment.
History: We teach our children about the history of Britain and that of the wider world. They are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh and sift evidence whilst developing their understanding about the processes of change. In Key Stage 1, they learn about changes in living memory, events beyond living memory such as the Great Fire of London as well as the lives of significant individuals. At Key Stage 2, they extend their knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, noting connections, contrasts and trends and developing their use of historical vocabulary.
Geography: Pupils learn about where places are in the world, studying places locally, nationally and internationally. They learn about human and physical features and processes. Emphasis is given to developing geographical skills such as undertaking fieldwork to gather information and data which can be analysed and communicated. Pupils also learn to interpret geographical information, including maps and diagrams.
Physical Education: We offer a wide range of physical educational activities. These build pupils skills, fitness and confidence. We aim that PE should be enjoyable and lead to pupils taking up further sporting activities at the many school and local clubs. Individual and team development and competition, as appropriate, is encouraged both within and across schools. Over the last few years we have achieved much sporting success, both locally and at regional level.
Languages: In our school pupils in Key Stage 2 learn French. The emphasis is on practical communication of the spoken and written form. We teach using songs and rhymes, using visual stimulus and through modelling and repetition.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship: We place great importance on helping pupils to learn more about themselves and the essential skills of independence, co-operation and team working. Pupils learn about how our emotions affect our behaviours; about personal health and hygiene; eating and exercise. They are taught about how to keep safe, both at home, on the road and on-line and where they can seek help. Organisations including the NSPCC and the Police Child Line regularly come into school to work with the children. Relationships and Sex Education appropriate to the child’s age is also taught. Please see the separate PSHE, Citizenship, Sex and Relationships and Drugs Education, and Incident Management Policy.