As an infant school nestled in an estate, community and moral values remain at our core. This includes the aim of nurturing our pupils' aspirations and preparing our children as world citizens of the 21st Century.
The curriculum at Woodlands Infant and Nursery school is aligned to the vision of the Federation and driven by our passion to inspire our children to possibilities, enabling our learning community to be the best that it can be.
There are three clear strands to our curriculum:
• Ensuring that children are provided with a diverse range of stimulating ‘real life’ learning
experiences through a rich and balanced curriculum whilst developing and enhancing
• A curriculum which is flexible and responsive to local circumstances and to children’s
interests and enthusiasm.
• Ensuring that the moral and social development of our children is supported through a
focus on the values which drive positive and safe, behaviour and relationships.
The curriculum is designed to be creative, exciting and skills focussed. To ensure that children enjoy their experiences at school we teach through a cross curricular approach, using real-life learning, visitors and educational visits.
We believe that learning should be engaging, inspiring and aspirational – something that you enjoy whilst setting yourself the highest of expectations.
We encourage our pupils to explore and apply their thinking in many different ways.
We aim for high standards in speaking, listening, reading, writing and mathematics to ensure that our pupils are equipped with the vital skills necessary to succeed in life.
In addition, our 'Values' curriculum provides opportunities to help children develop their morality and spirituality through focussed activities, assembly times and special events and visitors.
When planning a curriculum, Woodlands Infant and Nursery School has had to recognise the very wide social and economic challenges within the community.
The school is on the Birchwood Estate – which according to Public Health England using indicators for socio-economics, is in the lowest 10% nationally, hence the community deprivation figure.
The school prides itself on providing all families with support and sign posting care when needed. Within RSHE, allowances for the socio-economics of the area are made and we recognise that the children need both a sense of valuing themselves, and developing aspirations for their future and for their community.
We are passionate that all children realise that it is a big and wonderful world out there that they can play an active and positive part in.