At Woodcote Primary School we follow a Creative Curriculum in order to inspire our children. This means that rather than teaching individual subjects, wherever possible subjects are linked together in topics. We teach all National Curriculum statutory subjects – English, Maths, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, PE, Music and Religious Education. In addition we teach Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and French throughout the school. Children are given opportunities to be creative and develop all areas of the curriculum.
A new curriculum was introduced last year. Please click here to see what the children will be learning in each year group.
In the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 (years 1 & 2) the children are taught phonics every day. The teachers follow the Letters and Sounds programme and supplement this with the Phonics Play computer programme. In Key Stage 2 (years, 3, 4, 5 & 6) the children who continue to need additional phonics practise receive an additional support and phonics sessions. Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the children are taught spelling, punctuation and grammar daily. The children learn to read through following the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Phonics reading schemes. We also use ‘real books’ to give the children a wider range of reading books. Woodcote subscribe to Leicestershire’s Library Services for Education (LSE). We work in partnership with LSE and the books that we have on loan are now refreshed annually. If you have any time that you could give to help with our library, we would be very grateful.
We teach ICT skills with the aid of computers in the ICT suite and iPads; we have also recently purchased a second set of laptops which the children use in their classrooms. In order to further develop the children’s knowledge of computing, we now follow the ‘Rising Stars’ programme to teach computing across the whole school.
PE is taught each week by our class teachers, and as part of our involvement in the North West Leicestershire School Sports Partnership, we also have fully trained coaches who work alongside our teachers providing extra training. All classes across the school will have the benefit of a trained coach for at least half a term during the year. The coach also carries our extra curricular sporting clubs which the children are given the opportunity to attend. Being part of the Partnership also gives our children the opportunity to take part in a variety of competitions and festivals. We fund our membership through the additional funds that the Government made available to improve the provision of PE and Sports in Primary Schools. The funding received is £8000 plus £5 per pupil. Please click on the following links to read about how we are allocating the funding this year: Sports Funding 2015-2016
We listen very carefully to parents’ opinions. In response to questions about what the children are learning, each team also now sends out a Curriculum Fact Sheet, giving an overview on the term ahead. If you have any further questions about what your child is learning or if you have a skill or interest that you feel will enhance the children’s learning about a topic, please do not hesitate to talk to you child’s class teacher.
Please follow the links below for the latest Curriculum Information Fact Sheets:
Ash Class Curriculum Fact Sheet – Spring 1st Half 2017 – Ash Class (Foundation Stage)
Pine Class Curriculum Fact Sheet Autumn 2016 – Pine Class (Year 1)
Hawthorn Class Curriculum Fact Sheet Autumn 2016 – Hawthorn Class (Year 2)
Year 3 & 4 Curriculum Fact Sheet – Spring Term 2017 – Birch, Oak & Sycamore (Years 3 & 4)
Year 5 & 6 Curriculum Fact Sheet Autumn 2016 – Rowan & Willow Class (Years 5 & 6)