As a whole school, we seek to provide a happy and secure situation where all of our children are encouraged to care, co-operate and contribute as much as possible.
We aim to give our pupils a broad and balanced education, providing learning opportunities in language, mathematics, science, technology, ICT, art, religious education, physical education, humanities and music.
Emphasis is placed on achievement in English and Mathematics. Over fifty percent of the school timetable is committed to ensuring each child reaches their potential in these important areas.
Reading is taught progressively from Reception onwards. Reading is initially taught following the Jolly Phonics programme. This is developed using published schemes through which the children progress during guided reading sessions. A good selection of quality literature is also available to broaden the child’s reading experience. Children are encouraged to read for meaning and enjoyment with an emphasis placed upon the need to develop skills for reading, both for pleasure and information.
All children will have experience in the following areas: -
Speaking and Listening
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
The mathematics curriculum is delivered through the National Curriculum. Our aim is to equip children with the mathematical concepts and skills relevant to the world they live in. This includes the ability to solve problems, understand numbers, shapes and relationships and predict likely results. A wide variety of ICT and text material is used throughout the school.
The school possesses a well-equipped computer suite, enabling all children to have direct access to the latest technology. In this environment specific I.T. skills can be taught and use made of computers to enhance the teaching and learning in other areas of the curriculum. All classes have interactive whiteboard and digital projector facilities. In addition to this we have embraced mobile technology with children having access to iPads and 32 networked laptops. The Foundation Stage classrooms have access to dedicated early years computers and related software.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
The religious education curriculum at Woodlea Primary School adapted from Durham’s Agreed Syllabus.
The usual arrangements for daily worship are through whole school or Key Stage assemblies. Although these are Christian based we aim to ensure our pupils gain respect, awareness and understanding of other world religions.
All parents have a right to withdraw their children from the schools act of daily collective worship, and/or religious education. If you wish to withdraw your child please write to the Headteacher.
Sex and Relationships Education
Through this area of education the school aims to: -
- Prepare pupils to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up.
- To give pupils an elementary understanding of human reproduction.
- To answer pupils’ questions sensitively having regard to particular religious or cultural factors and wishes of parents.
- To teach sex education in conjunction with the school's policies re health education, equality, behaviour and child protection.
Parents the right to withdraw their child from any or all parts of the school’s programme for sex education, other than those which are required by the National Curriculum Science Order. If you wish to withdraw your child please write to the Headteacher.
The teaching of PSHCE is delivered using the JIGSAW scheme of work. Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development are taught across the year in lessons and whole-school assemblies. Raising aspiration is a key element to this work and we ensure children have the opportunity to visit secondary schools and universities, as well as take part in enterprise and charity work.
To reflect the world in which we live the children are given the opportunity to understand and reflect upon the many different cultures within our society. The multicultural elements within our society are reflected throughout the curriculum, assemblies, equipment and educational visits.
Children with Special Educational Needs
Children do not progress at a uniform rate and a number of children require additional attention in school. Children with learning difficulties and significant talents are identified by their class teacher in consultation with the SEND Coordinator. Standardised tests are also used regularly to monitor progress across year groups of children. The Headteacher and special needs co-ordinator maintain a register of children with special educational needs. Teachers and teaching assistants meet regularly to discuss these children and agree strategies for individual help. If, in the Headteacher’s opinion, a child has special needs which cannot be met within the school, then outside agencies will be contacted. This may involve seeking help from advisers, specialists, doctors and educational psychologists. If such a referral is considered necessary then parents will be consulted before and throughout the assessment procedure. After that assessment the Local Authority may decide to make an Education Health Care Plan to ensure the necessary provision is made.
Homework is given on a weekly basis throughout the school. The amount of homework depends upon the age of the child. The school expects homework to be completed and returned by the specified date and looks to parental support in helping children to achieve their tasks.
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