Curriculum

Woodthorpe's Curriculum

Learning together we will . . .

Understand and accept the rights and responsibilities of being citizens of the future

Be able to adapt to new challenges and offer enterprising solutions

Be active contributors to the wider community

Be ambitious and take pride in our achievements

Achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum

Develop ourselves as courageous, self motivated, independent and collaborative learners

Value and care for others in the local community and the wider world

Achieve our full potential as well rounded individuals

We will discover, value and enjoy our diverse society

. . . Learning together.

Context

The children in our community often face significant barriers outside of school, which may hinder their ability to access certain experiences compared with their national counterparts. 60% of our children are persistently disadvantaged. As a result, our school is determined to offer each and every child a curriculum which is both dynamic and inspiring.

Staff are relentless in their pursuit of new ways in which to engage each child in their class, which is why each year planning is designed to meet the interests of the current cohort. Visits and visitors change year on year, which means that the children in school are regularly exposed to new and exciting experiences.

What are we trying to achieve? (Intent)

At Woodthorpe, our aim is to provide dynamic opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations. When they leave us they will know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We are passionate about raising the self-esteem of all our learners, ensuring that they are all well prepared for life in modern Britain.

As a school we participate in a variety of research projects, adapting practice where appropriate in order that our children are given the very best opportunities to succeed.

How the curriculum is delivered? (Implementation)

At Woodthorpe, our focus on curriculum development is always carefully and explicitly designed to ensure coverage and progression.

Each academic year is unique. Planning is never repeated. Children embark on a curriculum journey that is tailored to the interests of the children within that cohort.

Visits and visitors help to provide diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. Further details can be found in each Year Groups section.

What difference is the curriculum making? (Impact)

At Woodthorpe, the primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for the 21st-century world. By the time our children leave us at the end of Key Stage 2, our children are well rounded learners who are prepared for their next steps in education.

The structure of our curriculum ensures all children are given the opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding across the curriculum in a progressive way, therefore enabling all of our children to achieve in their learning. Outcomes for pupils at our school exceed those of their national counterparts. Further details can be found in our National Results page.

Reading

At Woodthorpe, our aim is to develop a love of literature through positive experiences in reading. This is achieved through widespread reading for enjoyment and well-planned reading lessons which respond to the needs of all learners.

The teaching of early reading builds on phonic knowledge and introduces children to a range of other strategies which develop their fluency and understanding.

Throughout school, children are given access to high quality texts which are relevant to their interests. During their time at Woodthorpe, children become proficient readers who have fostered a love of reading and outcomes for these pupils exceed those of their national counterparts at the end of KS2.

Writing

We aim to provide a dynamic writing curriculum which responds to the current need of each child. We are passionate about promoting high standards of writing by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word.

At Woodthorpe, the teaching of writing is placed in meaningful contexts as part of whole school Curriculum Journeys, through which pupils are given the opportunity to develop and apply their writing skills. Each sequence of writing is planned in response to the needs of each class and continuity and progress is ensured through rigorous assessment.

Outcomes for pupils in our school exceed those of their national counterparts at the end of KS2.

Phonics

At Woodthorpe, our aim is to develop the foundations of reading and writing though an approach to phonics that is rigorous, challenging and supportive of every child regardless of their starting point.

Throughout Foundations Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily and opportunities are given for children to apply their phonic skills in all areas of the curriculum.

By the end of Key Stage 1, children's understanding of letters and sounds has significantly improved since their low starting points on entry.

Maths

At Woodthorpe, our aim is to provide the opportunity for learners to develop into well-rounded mathematicians who have good subject knowledge as well as having a strong conceptual understanding. They will be able to use this knowledge and skill and apply it to solve non-routine maths problems, whilst being able to explain their reasoning.

How will maths be delivered?

Across school we have adopted the Maths Mastery approach to the teaching of the subject. Through the delivery of Maths Meetings, use of concrete manipulatives for all and challenges for the high attainers we will teach to the following principles: the whole class will move through content at the same time, the children will be given time to think and we will differentiate through depth as opposed to acceleration.

What difference is this approach making?

We have seen a deepening of the understanding of maths at Woodthorpe, with children being able to explain their reasoning as opposed to relying on rote learning and learnt procedures. There has also been an improvement in the apparent enjoyment of the subject.

This has had a very positive impact on our data:

KS1:

2016 EXS+ 2016 GDS 2018 EXS+ difference 2018 GDS difference
71.2% 18.6% 81.0% 10% ↑ 20.7% 2.1% ↑

KS2:

Issues from Raise 2016 Outcome 2017 Outcome 2018
achievement in Maths
prog -3.28
EXS 59%
GDS 0%
average scaled score 100.3
achievement in Maths
prog +1.27
EXS 85.7%
GDS 7.1%
average scaled score 103.2
achievement in Maths
exceeded national/forecasted national
  Woodthorpe National
EXS 84.6% 75%
GDS 23.1% 23%
average scaled score 105.1 104