Our Curriculum

 "Generating Confidence to Experience the Joy of Learning"

 
At Woodstock School we relish that all children are individuals and bring with them distinctive skills, interests, aspirations and preferred learning styles. In order to help each child achieve their full potential whilst with us and in preparation for their next school, we aim to support, nurture and teach them through offering a curriculum that will generate confidence, self-esteem, curiosity and a joy for learning. This will teach them the skills to achieve appropriate and challenging personal targets and develop an enthusiasm for learning in order that they may make the most of the opportunities presented to them. We believe our children are entitled to access a stimulating and challenging education and to know that their contributions and achievements are always recognized and valued. Above all we aim to help them to become successful learners for life as well as rounded human beings.

We are committed to delivering a broad, creative and relevant curriculum through well-planned, structured and differentiated learning activities at a level and pace appropriate to each individual’s abilities and needs. Pupils are taught in a range of small groups, as individuals, whole classes and larger groups. When organizing the learning experiences on offer to our children, an understanding that learning outside the classroom and learning in the natural environment raises attainment and strengthens social, emotional and personal development, supports our planning and delivery.

Children come to Woodstock School at different stages and ages having had a vast array of educational experiences and as such, many will have vast gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding and find engaging in learning a challenge. In order to match individual ability and need, it is appropriate and necessary to modify our curriculum in order to provide an education that will maximize potential, ensure continuity and progress. Our curriculum is designed to maximise children's engagement and enjoyment with learning and is woven together with a keen eye on the spiritual, social, moral and cultural curriculum (SMSC). We encourage learning in the natural environment (LINE) and teach through a thematic approach. 
 
We do all of the above by employing a dedicated team of experienced, talented and caring staff, and by tailoring our provision to meet the needs of every individual child. We feel that it is vital to inspire, motivate and challenge all our pupils whilst at the same time providing a therapeutic context for their difficulties.

The structure of the national curriculum, in terms of which subjects are compulsory at each key stage, is set out in the table below:
 

 

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

 

 

Age

5-7

7-11

 

 

Year groups

1-2

3-6

 

 

Core subjects

 

 

 

 

English

 

 

Mathematics

 

 

Science

 

 

Foundation subjects

 

 

 

 

Art and design

 

 

Citizenship

 

 

 

 

Computing

 

 

Design and technology

 

 

Languages

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

History

 

 

Music

 

 

Physical education

 

 

 

All schools are also required to teach religious education at all key stages. Secondary schools must provide sex and relationship education.

 

Figure 2 – Statutory teaching of religious education and sex and relationship education

 

 

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

 

Age

5-7

7-11

Year groups

1-2

3-6

Religious education

Sex and relationship education

 

 

 
 
 
The Woodstock Curriculum

English
 
English is taught in a range of ways at our school. We use Read Write Inc. (RWInc) as a way to teach pupils how to read by recognising sounds and key words. Pupils will also write about their experiences and books they have read during a range of activities.
We have a well developed reading scheme to enable all pupils to have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts at their reading level. Pupils are expected to read with adults in school and at home on a regular basis. We also have a range of books that pupils can borrow and take home to share with adults.
Pupils have regular access to the internet program ‘Spellodrome’ to support their weekly spelling tests. It is expected that pupils access this at home in order to support their spelling work in school. We encourage and support pupils to become confident writers by providing a range of opportunities to write in English lessons and across the curriculum.  Across all classes English is taught using the Talk for Writing approach. This involves use of story mapping, creating plans, acting out sections of text, and developing pupils skills and interest in the writing process. To support this pupils have regular SPAG lessons focussing on spelling, punctuation, grammar, and handwriting.
We aim to support all pupils to become fluent and confident across all areas of the English curriculum whilst enjoying their learning experiences.
 
Maths

 
At Woodstock School pupils' attainment may not reflect their actual age and many will have ‘gaps’ in their learning due to earlier missed opportunities.  The small group sizes mean that teachers are able to match learning objectives to individual needs. As a result a Year 4 pupil may not be following the Year 4 objectives for maths.  They will learn the ‘next step’ that will lead them to mathematical fluency.  For this reason teachers use the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) progression maps alongside the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  The NCETM maps show progression in specific mathematical areas.
 
A strong focus is placed on learning multiplication and related division facts. Children are given a weekly challenge on this and it helps if they practise at home. An online 'Mathletics' account is purchased for each pupil. Teachers are able to set specific tasks for pupils to complete as homework, helping them to assess the progress they have made in lessons. The school is currently introducing Cuisenaire rods with the aim of strengthening pupils' concept of number and operations.

National Curriculum Programmes of Study and NCETM documents can be found via these links:
Science


Lessons follow a highly stuctured sequence of themes and activities that make use of white board presentations, engaging practical investigations and opportunities to record learning in differentiated forms. We encourage children to become curious and inquisitive about the world around them within the safety of the school environment.
 
Art and Design
 
Through the Art curriculum pupils will be encouraged to produce creative work exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils will begin to evaluate and analyse creative works and learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 
 
 
Design and Technology


The DT curriculum follows a two year cycle of differentiated topics and activities. Lesson are delivered through interactive white boards alongside practical based activities that develop a hierarchy skills which offer the pupil appropriate ways to record their learning.  Exploration and safety run through the curriculm in preparation for the skills required throughout the life of our pupils.

 
Computing
 
 
Children are taught to stay safe in our digital, online world using the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) lessons plans and resources.  Children follow a two year curriculum which is designed to equip them with the resilience and skills to stay safe online.
 
Geography and History
 
 
All of our Topics are based on either a Geography or History theme, these are alternated each term. We aim to make our topics exciting and child-friendly. In Geography, children will develop an understanding of the world, the United Kingdom and their own locality through hands-on experiences. Within History, the children will learn about past events and people through interesting topics such as: The Great Fire of London, Ancient Greece, Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus.
 
Languages

Children in Transition classes may have a taster of learning a modern foreign language - currently, they may learn conversational Spanish or Japanese - often linked to a topic being learnt in class. Some children will also experience learning a foreign language when they take part in a mainstream experience.
 
Music


The Woodstock music curriculum is based on the new 2014 science curriculum and follows a two year rolling model. Lessons are based on Music Express lesson plans but adapted to meet the needs of our children. Music appreciation is taught using the BBC 10 Pieces resource, this resource gives children the chance to experience a wide range of classical music.
 
RE


At Woodstock we work from the Bristol Sacre syllabus. A rich and diverse curriculum that provides an effective and enjoyable education. We are focussing on the basics whilst at the same time, developing more creative ways for our young people to learn.

Our early years and key stage one learners will be exploring topics such as;
  • Ourselves
  • Friends, family and communication
  • Special places, festivals and celebrations
  • Life of Jesus - special books
  • Rules and choices
  • The world around us
Key stage two learners will be learning about;
  • Ourselves
  • Identity and belonging (including Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam)
  • Questions & mysteries
  • Expressions & beliefs
  • Life stories - inspirational people
  • Journeys
PHSE & Citizenship

Co-ordinator: Victoria Manning

 

PE

Co-ordinator: Jan Green / Fiona Carter

We at Woodstock School are excited to announce that we will be working with the good people at Fun & Active Playgrounds Ltd to drastically change the landscape of P.E within our school. We expect work to commence during the summer half-term so that when pupils return for Term 6 they can be greeted by shiny new sports facilities in our school grounds. 

 

At Woodstock we are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful grounds that allow for our pupils to experience an abundance of natural flora and fauna, however the tarmacked areas have been a blemish on this picturesque scene for some time. Simply put? Time has taken its toll on the football pitch and basketball court and they are looking tired and old at a time when sport and physical activity should be at the forefront of education. 

 

We firmly believe at Woodstock School that top level Physical Education will not only promote good health; but also provide vital skills for later in life when pupils move on to their teenage and adult years. P.E is as much about building social skills, confidence and a sense community as it is about learning to catch and throw a ball. These things can all be achieved through enjoying and taking pride in the amazing abilities of the human body. 

 

With this in mind and the help of the team at Fun & Active we have committed considerable resources towards making Woodstock a leader in providing Physical Education in Bristol and dare I say the country. 

 

We will be getting state of the art all weather surfacing that will make our sports facilities useable and safe in all weather conditions. Included with this we will be getting several multi-use-games-areas installed to allow a much wider range of sporting activities to take place in our school grounds.

 

Oh and of course a big thanks to the people at Fun & Active for making this possible.  

 
We are also lucky enough to have Coach Damon from First Step Football join us once a week and give us some extra sports coaching.

LOTC

(Learning outside the classroom)

We are passionate about the possibilities of taking children outside the classroom to learn. We use our own school environment, that which is local such as Blaise, as well as to other places which will enrich their learning diet. All phases go on an annual camp – usually in the spring term. Many children also benefit from taking part in ‘Forest School' sessions.
forest school link
 
SMSC

(Spiritual, moral, social and cultural)

In today's World, we feel it is vital for our children to learn about SMSC issues in order to be strong contributors and members of society. This is not necessarily done in discrete lessons, rather through all lessons and learning opportunities such as circle times, stories, in assemblies, with visitors etc. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about, debate and experience the spiritual, moral, social and cultural differences that make up our society. We aim to promote British values as defined by the government's five-part definition of 'British values':
  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We have a school council made up of representatives from different classes; all of whom have been elected through a nomination and voting system by their peers.
 
 
Assessment

Children’s progress is monitored closely through a range of assessment procedures and internal tracking by class teachers. Detailed assessments and target tracking ensure that all learners achieve and make progress. Every child has individual termly targets for English, maths and engagement – these are known to the children and they are encouraged to focus on these as they are learning. Pupils are encouraged to be self-reflective and are involved in self-assessment of their learning and next-steps.

Children in Year 6 who are working at an appropriate level, will sit statutory end of key stage 2 tests in the summer - usually in May.  Key stage 1 children will have a phonics screening test in the summer term and Year 2 children will sit statutory end of key stage 1 tests.

All pupils will have an end of year report written by their class teacher. This will include feedback for all subjects taught and further detail about the levels that has been achieved.



Homework

At Woodstock School each class teacher sets a range of homework tasks dependent on the needs and abilities of the children in the class.  Homework activities will support and compliment what is being done in class and should be completed in the given time frame.  It is expected that children will take a reading book home from school on a daily basis in order that they can read regularly with an adult.  Spellings are sent home each week to be learnt and then tested in class.  Children are also given passwords in order that they can access both 'mathletics' and 'spellodrome' on the internet at home as a means of supporting their learning.
Please feel free to consult your child's class teacher to find out what homework is given.
 
 
For further information on our school Curriculum and all its contents, please click here