Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities in the children.
At Woodcote we have high expectations of our pupils, both academically and in their behaviour. Children are provided with many opportunities for developing their potential and are encouraged to take every opportunity they can. We believe in trips and working with professional visitors to help bring learning to life. We are very keen on sport and include swimming, tag rugby, cricket, football, athletics, cross country and dance in our curriculum and wider inter-school opportunities. Every year 4 child is given a clarinet and taught to read music. They have the option to join an orchestra and continue to play on after their year 4 lessons. KS2 will go annually to the 02 Arena to sing with Young Voices and all children will be taught French.
For a look at your child’s class curriculum, please click on the appropriate tab below. For other information specific to your child’s class, please visit the Classroom Portal.
Please click on the sections below for more general information about our curriculum and some of the systems we use within the school.
Key stage 1 & 2 Subjects
Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
- english (literacy)
- maths (numeracy)
- design and technology
- art and design
- physical education (PE), including swimming
- information and communication technology (ICT)
Schools can develop their own ICT curricula or follow the programmes of study. They must also provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.
Schools often also teach:
- personal, social and health education (PSHE)
- modern foreign languages
Key stage 1 Tasks & Tests
Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover:
- speaking and listening
The tasks and tests are taken when the school chooses. Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area. You can ask for the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
Key stage 2 tests
Key stage 2 tests cover:
- English reading
- English grammar, punctuation and spelling
- maths (including mental arithmetic)
The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours in total. You’ll get the results in July. If your child is demonstrating higher achievement then the headteacher may put them in for extra tests.
When your child reaches the end of key stage 2 the teacher will also give reports on your child’s progress in English, maths and science.
We value your involvement in your child’s education at school. We feel that it is essential that we work together and build up a strong relationship between home and school that contributes more effectively to your child’s development. When your child starts school you will be asked to sign a Home-School Contract which outlines the expectations that we have of the children and of you, and that you can expect of us.
Homework is an integral part of the curriculum. It is given at least once each week in all classes and the activities are linked to current work taking place in the class at that time. The quantity of homework given depends on the age of the children.
We ask that all children, however old, read regularly to an adult at home. It has been shown through research that when parents read to their child on a regular basis and listen to him/ her read three or four times a week , the child’s progress in reading is greatly enhanced.
Please refer to our Homework links in the Classroom area for help and further information
Book Borrowing system
We will assess the pupils to find out which coloured book band they should be borrowing books from.
We will carry our regular assessments to check which bands the children are reading within. Additionally, you may feel that particular books are too easy or difficult for your child. In this case, speak to your child’s teacher.