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.

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • All about me stories
  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Stories around the World
  • Labels/Captions
  • Instructions
  • Senses poems

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

  • Humans
  • Body parts
  • Senses

Physical Education

  • Fundamental skills

Computing

  • Treasure Hunters
  • We are painters

Religious Education

  • What can we learn about prayers from the stories of Jesus?

Humanities

  • Marvellous Me!

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • Topical Stories
  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Patterns poems
  • Instructions

Mathematics

  • Place Value
  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Counting
  • Partitioning
  • 2D Shape
  • Data Handling
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Problem solving

Science

  • Material Monsters
  • Growth and Survival

Physical Education

  • Invasion Games
  • Multi-Skills

Topic

  • Where do I live?
  • Great Fire of London

Computing

  • We are Astronauts
  • We are Photographers

Religious Education

  • Holy Places

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • Familiar settings
  • Experiential writing
  • Persuasive real-life writing
  • Instructional writing
  • Shape poems

Mathematics

  • Place Value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • 2D shapes
  • Length and perimeter
  • Fractions and division
  • Volume and capacity
  • Multiplication

Science

  • Light and Shadow
  • Health and Movement

Physical Education

  • Invasion Games
  • Gymnastics

Topic

  • Pre-historic Britain
  • Madagascar

Computing

  • We are Presenters

Religious Education

  • Hinduism

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • Fairy Tales
  • Explanation Texts
  • Classic Poetry

Mathematics

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Securing number facts
  • Understanding shape
  • Handling data and measures
  • Calculating
  • Measuring – using metric measures
  • Problem solving

Science

  • Electricity
  • Living in environments

Physical Education

  • Outdoor Education
  • Gymnastics

Humanities

  • Village Settlers
  • The Tudors

Computing

  • We are meteorologists
  • We are musicians

Religious Education

  • What is it like to be Jewish?

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • Legends
  • Poems with structure
  • Poems with figurative language
  • Persuasion
  • Film and play scripts

Mathematics

  • Four rules of operation (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication)
  • Applying these rules
  • Place Value
  • Problem solving
  • Fractions
  • Shape
  • Statistics
  • Times tables

Science

  • Properties and Changes of Materials

Physical Education

  • Invasion Games
  • Swimming

Humanities

  • Vikings Vs Anglo Saxons
  • The United Kingdom

Computing

  • Game Developing
  • Artists

Religious Education

  • Islam

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

Autumn Term 2018

English

  • Poetry
  • Narrative
  • Non-Fiction
  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Film
  • Experiential Writing

Mathematics

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Securing number facts
  • Understanding shape
  • Handling data and measures
  • Calculating
  • Measuring – using metric measures
  • Problem solving

Science

  • Changing Circuits! – Think like an electrician
  • Classifying Critters

Physical Education

  • Invasion Games / Key Skills developed in Tag Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Dance

Humanities

  • Local History
  • North America

Computing

  • APP planners
  • Project Managers

Religious Education

  • What will make Wolverhampton a more respectable community?
  • Can Christian Aid/Islamic Relief change the world?

View Yearly Overview Map – (Subject to change)

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