Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Rationale

The curriculum at Woden is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.

It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.

The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Curriculum Statement

At Woden Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Pupils work on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Read, Write Inc Programme and developing their fluency in reading.

The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed upon completion. Regular monitoring by Subject Leaders ensures coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum, including through assemblies.

The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are taught in classes in each year group up to Year 5 but there is targeted ability grouping in Year 6. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Specialist instructors support physical education lessons and all subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, such as Science and Forest Schools.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

National Curriculum

From September 2014 the old national curriculum was gradually replaced by the new Primary Curriculum.

As part of an Academy, we do not have to adopt the new curriculum, we have chosen to, but we will be implementing different subjects over the coming year. We have worked hard planning new units of study to meet the requirements of the new curriculum, which more importantly provide exciting and engaging learning opportunities for your children. As usual we provide you with a termly summary of the planned learning for each year group. These can be found on the School website under  “Curriculum Overviews” .

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

The major changes to subject areas within the curriculum are outlined below:

English

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
  • Handwriting (not currently assessed under the National Curriculum) is   expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
  • Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.

Mathematics

  • Simple fractions will be taught from Key Stage 1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert between decimals, fractions and percentages. (e.g. 0.375=3/8).
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know their times tables upto 12×12 and the related division facts.
  • Calculators will not be introduced until upper Key Stage 2, to encourage mental arithmetic skills.
  • Problem solving runs throughout all areas of the maths curriculum and is considered a key skill.
  • Children will be taught more formal written methods for all four rules, including long division and multiplication. Our calculation policy is available on the Policies page

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract.
  • Evolution will be taught in primary school for the first time.

Computing

  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs.
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data.
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.
  • Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools.

Design and Technology (DT)

  • Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
  • Greater emphasis on cookery with a focus on savoury dishes.

Geography

  • Greater use of atlases and maps including O.S. maps and digital maps.
  • Children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers.
  • In depth studies of a European, North/South American countries and a region of the British Isles are required.

History

  • Greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066. Tudors no longer taught in KS2.

Languages

  • The term Languages will replace the term modern foreign languages.
  • Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language such as Latin or Greek will be mandatory in KS2.
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.

Physical Education (PE), Music, Religious Education (RE)

  • The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged.

View Reception Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

English

  • Sentence Writing
  • Story Planning
  • Fairy tale stories
  • Adjectives and Conjunctions

Topic

  • Under the Sea
  • Space

Mathematics

  • Place Value
  • Number
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Money
  • Data Handling
  • 2d and 3d shape
  • Multiplication

Physical Education

  • Fundamental skills

Music

  • Everyone
  • Our World

View Year 1 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

Trips

  • Bantock House
  • Green Acres Farm

English

  • Traditional Tales
  • Traditional Rhyme
  • Recount
  • Instructions

Mathematics

  • Place Value
  • Number
  • Length and Mass/Weight
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • 2-D and 3-D Shapes
  • Sequencing and sorting
  • Fractions
  • Capacity and Volume
  • Money
  • Time
  • Problem solving

Science

  • Seasons
  • Identifying animals

Physical Education

  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

Computing

  • Collectors
  • Story tellers

Religious Education

  • Questions that puzzle us

Humanities

  • Homes in the Past
  • At the Farm

View Year 2 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

Trips

  • Tamworth Castle

English

  • Topical stories – In the Castle
  • Information texts
  • Report writing
  • Fact files
  • Poetry-Alliterations and Riddles
  • Stories by the same author

Mathematics

  • Number and Place Value
  • Calculations – (+/-/x/÷)
  • Counting and Money
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Problem Solving
  • Position and Direction
  • Measurement-Length/Mass/Weight

Science

  • Super Scientists (Forces)

Physical Education

  • Dance
  • Multi-skills

Topic

  • Castles

Computing

  • We are researchers

Religious Education

  • Beginning to learn from Islam
  • Beginning to learn from Sikhism

View Year 3 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

English

  • Myths
  • Explanation texts
  • Poetry
  • Mystery

Mathematics

  • Place Value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Fractions and division
  • Volume and capacity
  • Multiplication

Science

  • Plants

Physical Education

  • Striking and Fielding
  • Dance

Topic

  • Romans

Computing

  • We are network engineers
  • We are communicators

Religious Education

  • What do people believe about God?
  • What do we celebrate and why?

View Year 4 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

English

  • Information Texts
  • Fantasy Stories
  • Poetry

Mathematics

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Roman numerals
  • Fraction and decimals
  • Position and direction
  • Area
  • Mental calculations
  • Measuring – using metric measures
  • Problem solving

Science

  • Sound

Physical Education

  • Dance
  • Athletics

Humanities

  • Rainforest

Computing

  • We are HTML editors
  • We are musicians

Religious Education

  • Why do some people think Jesus is inspirational?
  • Why does the Prophet matter to Muslims?

View Year 5 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

English

  • Stories from another culture
  • Information texts
  • Explanation Texts
  • Formal Debates
  • Stories with a Historical setting

Mathematics

  • Four rules of operation (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication)
  • Applying these rules
  • Place Value
  • Measures (length, mass and capacity)
  • Fractions
  • Shape
  • Statistics
  • Times tables
  • Roman Numerals
  • Geometry

Science

  • Living things (circle of life)
  • Forces (Let’s get moving)

Physical Education

  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

Humanities

  • World War II

Computing

  • Artists
  • Web Developers

Religious Education

  • Christians
  • Hindu, Jewish and Islamic prayer.

View Year 6 Yearly Curriculum Overview 2018-19

Spring Term 2019

English

  • Film Unit Story
  • Shakespeare
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Journalistic Writing

Mathematics

  • Using and applying mathematics
  • Number and algebra
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Handling data

Science

  • Light
  • Staying alive

Physical Education

  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Education
  • Swimming

Humanities

  • The Ancient Greeks

Computing

  • Interface desginers

Religious Education

  • Can religion change the world?
  • Buddhist worship and beliefs

Literacy

Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.

The Read Write Inc. Phonic programme

The programme is for:

  • pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
  • any pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 who need to catch up rapidly.

We teach pupils to:

  • decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
  • read ‘tricky’ words on sight
  • understand what they read
  • read aloud with fluency and expression
  • write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
  • spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
  • acquire good handwriting

Read our Reading Leaflet

Read our Handwriting Leaflet

Read our Handwriting Poster

Read our Phonics Leaflet

Mathematics

Year 1 Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Number and Place value Sequencing and Sorting Number and Place value Length and Mass/weight Number and Place value Time
Week 2 Number and Place value Fractions Mass/weight Addition and Subtraction Addition and Subtraction Multiplication and Division
Week 3 Length and Mass/weight FractionsCapacity and Volume 2-D and 3-D Shape Fractions Capacity and Volume Subtraction – difference
Week 4 Addition and Subtraction Money Counting and Money Position and Direction Fractions Measurement
Week 5 Addition and Subtraction Time Multiplication Time Position and DirectionTime Sorting
Week 6 2-D and 3-D shape Assess and review week Division Assess and review week 2-D and 3-D shape Assess and review week

 

Year 2 Overview

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Number and Place value Counting, multiplication and sorting Number and Place value Length and Mass/weight Number and Place value and statistics Time
Week 2 Number and Place value Statistics Mass/weight Addition and subtraction Addition and subtraction Multiplication and division
Week 3 Length and Mass/weight Fractions

Capacity and volume

2-D and 3-D Shape Fractions Capacity and volume and temperature Statistics including finding the difference
Week 4 Addition and subtraction Money Counting and money Position and direction Fractions Measurement
Week 5 Addition and subtraction Time Multiplication Time Position and direction

Time

Sorting
Week 6 2-D and 3-D shape Assess and review week Division Assess and review week 2-D and 3-D shape Assess and review week

 

Year 3 Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Place value Counting Multiplication tables (3x, 4x) Place valueMental addition and subtraction 2D and 3D shape incl. sorting Multiplication facts (statistics) Place value (measures)
Week 2 Place value and mental calculation Written and mental multiplication Fractions Addition and subtraction (statistics) Addition and subtraction (measures) Mental calculation
Week 3 2D shapeLength incl. perimeter Written and mental division FractionsDivision Fractions Multiplication and division (measures) Fractions
Week 4 StatisticsMental calculation Time Volume and capacityMass Position and direction 2D shape incl. sorting Measures
Week 5 Written addition 3D shape Multiplication incl. 8x table Time Decimals Addition and subtraction (money) Statistics
Week 6 Written subtraction Assess and review week Multiplication(statistics, measures, money) Assess and review week 3D shape incl. sorting Assess and review week

 

Year 4 Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Place value Mental multiplication incl. 6x and 9x tables Place valueRoman numeralsCounting incl. negative numbers Mental multiplication and written division incl. 7x and 11x tables Counting and sequences (statistics) Place value
Week 2 Place value – decimals Mental division Fractions and decimals Place value Fractions and decimals (measures) Statistics
Week 3 Written addition and subtraction Written multiplication Fractions, decimals anddivision Written multiplication Fractions and written division Addition and subtraction (statistics)
Week 4 Written addition and subtraction (problems and inverse) Length incl. perimeter Position and direction 2D shape and position MeasuresVolume/capacity and mass Multiplication and division
Week 5 2D shape Statistics Area Addition and subtraction (statistics) Position and area Shape
Week 6 Time Assess and review week Multiplication(statistics, measures, money) Assess and review week Multiplication facts incl. 12x table and time Assess and review week

 

Year 5 Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Place value Mental x and ÷(factors, multiples) Place valueRoman numeralscounting incl. negative numbers Mental and written division Place value Place value
Week 2 Place value (decimals) Division including problems Addition and subtraction including problems 2D and 3D shape incl. sorting Fractions Written calculations
Week 3 Written + and –including problems Fractions(compare, order, equivalence) Mental and written multiplication Calculating with fractions Measures (time) and statistics Fractions
Week 4 Geometry (angles) Multiplication and measures (area) Measures(length, mass and capacity) Measures (area and volume) Geometry Measures (mass, volume and capacity)
Week 5 Geometry and measures (perimeter) Statistics and measures (time) Geometry(reflection and translation) Statistics and measures Addition and subtraction Area and volume of shapes
Week 6 Addition and subtraction (statistics) Assess and review Geometry (angles) Assess and review Multiplication and division Assess and review

 

Year 6 Overview

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Week 1 Place value incl. decimals Fractions Place value, sequences and coordinates Mental and written addition and subtraction Place value, decimals and fractions Measurement – mass and volume / capacity
Week 2 Mental and written addition Fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion 2D shape, coordinates, translation and reflection Measurement, ratio and proportion Mental and written calculation Mental and written calculations
Week 3 Mental and written multiplication (time) Geometry – angles

Statistics – pie charts

Measurement – temperature, mean 2D and 3D shape Calculating fractions, ratio and proportion Fractions
Week 4 2D and 3D shape Measurement – length, including perimeter and mass Calculating with fractions Area, perimeter and volume of shapes Coordinates, translation and reflection Place value and decimals
Week 5 Mental and written subtraction Measurement – area and volume Mental and written division Statistics – line graphs and pie charts Algebra and sequences 2D and 3D shape
Week 6 Mental and written division Assess and review week Mental and written multiplication Assess and review week Measurement (length and time) and statistics – mean Assess and review week