The Woodvale Primary Academy Curriculum
At the Woodvale Primary Academy we provide a well-balanced and enriched curriculum for our pupils. We ensure the curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for imaginative and effective learning which, in turn, promote positive behaviour and safety. It also includes experiences which contribute to the pupils’ achievement, together with developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
We follow a thematic approach which engages and motivates our pupils. Each year group has three themes for the academic year. Pupils cover one theme each term and, where possible, all areas of the curriculum are linked to this theme. Each term we have whole school ‘creative weeks’ where children from Nursery up to Year 6 are taught a range of activities based around a whole school theme. For example, in the autumn term we based our lessons on the theme of, ‘Hopes, Dreams and Aspirations.’
We believe that a ‘hands-on’ approach is key to motivating our pupils. We use the Numicon system to support numeracy lessons, from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 2.
We encourage our children to read regularly and, as an Academy, we subscribe to Reading Eggs, a unique online resource that supports children with their reading and learning. All children are given a log in so that they can access Reading Eggs both at home and whilst in school.
We believe that ICT needs to be integral to the curriculum and the Academy subscribes to Purple Mash and My Maths : an online, cross-curricular resource. It includes a range of videos, resources, teaching aids and activities that can be planned into lessons, helping to enrich the curriculum further.
SMSC and British Values: SMSC and British Values are embedded across our curriculum through discussions, lesson content, assemblies and provision of wider experiences including visitors and trips for our pupils.