Curriculum

All children have access to the whole curriculum. Woodmancote School aims to make the curriculum interactive, fun and relevant to the children.

Our teaching fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum and leads to the intellectual, aesthetic, social, emotional and physical development of each child. Children in our Reception classes work within the later stages of the Foundation Stage.

We use teaching methods appropriate to the purpose, which may be whole class teaching, group work or working with individuals.

Parents receive a Curriculum Newsletter at the start of every term, outlining what the children will be taught in the coming weeks.

We teach the National Curriculum, plus Religious Education and Citizenship. Our approach to these areas of the curriculum is as follows:-

Literacy

Attention is paid to speaking and listening skills so that children understand and respond to the spoken word and express themselves effectively and appropriately.

We promote the development of reading throughout the school. We use a range of reading schemes in the early years including ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Spotty Zebra’ and ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’. We colour code our books according to level of difficulty so that the children can read widely and choose books for themselves. We have a comprehensive selection of reference books in our own library. We encourage children to take home books from school and hope that parents will help to foster a love of reading.

From their earliest days at school, the children are encouraged to write with confidence. Their early attempts are praised and supported by structured programmes to teach handwriting, letter sounds and spellings. The children are expected to develop a variety of forms of writing and pay attention to quality by discussing and sometimes redrafting their work. Appropriate punctuation and correct spelling are important and we teach an agreed style of handwriting throughout the school.

Mathematics

We follow the National Numeracy Strategy which includes number, algebra, measures, shape and space, and handling data. We also promote financial capability. The children are taught to use and apply their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding to real-life problems and investigations. Our children are currently taught in ability sets from Year 3.

Science

We place great importance on the children developing a scientific approach to answering questions and solving problems. Skills such as observing, planning and carrying out investigations, interpreting data and communicating findings are taught and developed.

Information Communication Technology

All children have access to a computer in their classroom and our computer suite on a time-tabled basis. They develop a range of skills and use programs to support their learning across the curriculum. All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and we also lap tops that can be used throughout the school.

Personal, Health, and Social Education (PHSE) and Citizenship

Our Sex and Relationships Education Policy has been agreed with parents, teachers and governors and a copy is available from the school office.

We have a thriving School Council with representatives from each class who have helped to encourage positive play using ‘Huff & Puff’ equipment and are involved in the Health4Schools campaign.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education teaching follows the Gloucestershire Scheme. It is based on Christianity for the majority of the time, but the younger children also look at Judaism and the older ones learn about Islam and Judaism.

The whole school meets together for worship every day. The children lead their own assembly each week and we also have visiting speakers from the local churches. Assembly provides time to pause from activity and to reflect on the beliefs and values which bind the school community together. It also allows those with a religious commitment the opportunity of entering into worship. In this way we aim to protect and affirm the identity of everyone.

Parents may withdraw their children from daily worship or Religious Education, at which time the child will work elsewhere in school with a quiet activity. If you are considering this, please talk with the Headteacher, before reaching a final decision.

Music

A specialist teacher teaches music throughout school. The children listen to and are encouraged to form opinions about a wide variety of music. They also make their own music using voice, tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments. Music forms part of our annual Key Stage performances and is also linked to other curriculum subjects. The choir perform at local events.

Instrumental tuition, for which parents are charged, is available in school for flute, violin, clarinet, singing, keyboard, drum, saxophone and guitar. Instruments can be hired from the County or school. Some families may be eligible for a bursary to help with the cost.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education curriculum includes gymnastics, games, dance and athletics. Weather permitting, use is made of the playgrounds and our extensive playing field. The whole school regularly exercise together outside in ‘Wake and Shake’ – an activity to stimulate the entire body.

Other subjects

Other subjects taught at the school include history, geography, art, design and technology, drama and French to children in Key Stage 2 by a specialist French teacher.