Curriculum Planning Information

Woodlands long term plans give an overview of what is taught in each year group in each topic. Topics last for a term although some run over two term. Links across the curriculum are made where possible and English lessons link to the topic the class is covering. Some subjects are taught discretely as they do not link to the topic. This provides a broad and balanced approach where every child can access the curriculum. 

Each topic begins with a wow event which stimulates a child’s thinking about the topic ahead and encourages them to think of questions they would like to answer. It is often an exciting and practical event which engages and enthuses the children to find out more. The wow event is part of the immersion stage of the topic. This is followed by the development and consolidation of skills whilst acquiring knowledge and vocabulary associated with the topic. There are then opportunities for individuals, pairs or groups to apply and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways such as: through art; using ICT; written projects or drama.  At the end of the topic the children reflect on their learning and that of others. Learning from the topic is shared with others in the school community and a floor book is produced to capture the learning journey and celebrate achievements.

Woodlands also teaches through a range of assemblies and themed days/weeks. This allows the children to have a broad understanding of the wider curriculum and helps develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. The Woodlands curriculum ensure children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully and contribute positively during their next stage of education and beyond.