At Woodfield Primary School, we recognise that primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it simply a preparatory step for secondary school; it is much more than that. As a school and a Trust, we believe our curriculum should empower all our children with a solid foundation of key knowledge, that encourages, inspires and supports them to aim to achieve their potential.
Over the past year, teachers and leaders in the Trust have worked collaboratively to develop a curriculum which suits the needs of our children, supporting the development of long-term learning and memory. Our newly constructed curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum: built on a solid foundation of key knowledge, which will allow the children to build on their learning and be successful in later life.
LAT’s curriculum design is grounded by key subject drivers: History, Geography as well as the core subjects Science, Maths and English. Studying key concepts about the past (History), ‘Then and Now’ and linking to other spaces and places (Geography), ‘Here and There’ enables children to create their own opinions and think deeply. In addition, each term staff deliver topics which take deep dives into specific subjects such as Design Technology and Art. These subjects are carefully positioned across the year and are partnered with others that allow enhanced opportunities for knowledge to make deeper sense. See the documentation below for further information of how our curriculum is organised.
Through our curriculum, children engage in a wide variety of learning that develops creative, artistic, musical, cultural and sporting abilities. Our curriculum is enhanced by a selection of after school/lunchtime clubs which are well subscribed; the school takes part in many competitive inter-school competitions such as debation competitions, football and athletics. Many off-site visits - including residential trips for years 4-6, visitors and extra-curricular activities are provided to broaden the skills and life experiences of our children. We have weekly music tuition provided by Plymouth Youth Music Service where children across key stage 2 can experience specialist music tuition from ukuleles to brass instruments. In addition, we have a specialist PE teacher who teaches PE across the school, providing exceptional sporting activities for the pupils. We have strong partnerships with our local Secondary school who provide us with opportunities to use their facilities – our Year 4 class have used the DT workshops to create Viking shields and a PE teacher supports in school sessions.
The creative arts are important to us at Woodfield and we participate regularly in local events, singing, dancing, poetry performances as well as putting on class assemblies and our whole school annual Christmas Production. Our school choir performs every year at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert.
We believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society. At Woodfield we have selected 12 key values that we feel represent our school and the wider community. Our Values are…aspirations, compassion, cooperation, determination, self-awareness, honesty, self-confidence, independence, courage, respect, responsibility and peace. These values are woven through all that we say and do. Each month we focus on a value and through assemblies, class discussion and topic lessons we teach the children to understand the value, how to demonstrate the value themselves and recognise these values in others. During our celebration assemblies and as part of our behaviour policy we recognise and celebrate children that consistently demonstrate our school values and rules.