The curriculum is organised in line with the Key Stages of the National Curriculum in which children from seven to eleven years of age follow the Programmes of Study for Key Stage 2.
Children who have a good primary education are more likely to succeed in their secondary education. We understand a good primary education to be one which gives our children a thorough grounding in the basics within a broad, balanced and motivating curriculum.
Each subject in the curriculum is planned separately, but we have organised our programme creatively, so that the topics studied link in and complement each other wherever possible. Additionally throughout the year we plan special focus weeks which give children an opportunity to study a subject in greater depth.
Through the curriculum, we aim to foster the all-round development of pupils by giving our children:
Maths is a key area of the curriculum. The approach at Wood End is to encourage pupils to attain a solid understanding of the basics of mathematics so they may have the confidence to work independently. We want the children to be able to apply their knowledge in every-day situations and to realise that Maths is not only useful but fun too!
Wood End is well resourced and practical equipment is available in every class. There is also a wide variety of software packages in regular use.
The children are tested regularly to check they have learnt the work and there are more formal tests at the end of each year to measure progress. You can help your child by making sure that they learn their multiplication tables. The children are grouped according to ability in YR5 and YR6.
We recognise the central importance of English in the curriculum. We firmly believe that it is the right of every child to be literate and articulate and that it is our responsibility, along with parents, to ensure all our children leave Wood End Academy with the language skills they will need to make the most of their time at High School and in the wider world.
English is taught both as a separate subject and in the context of all other areas of the curriculum. Throughout the school, the emphasis is on making sure that the children can read at an appropriate level, that they are aware of spelling patterns and are developing their creative writing and verbal expression.
We have a well stocked, library and class libraries in each classroom.
Children’s reading and spelling levels are tested regularly to measure progress. They are grouped according to ability in Year 6.
Science is an important part of our curriculum. At Wood End, all the children study science which is organised in termly or half-termly topics. This topic-based approach allows scientific skills and ideas to be developed in a stimulating and meaningful way.
At Wood End Academy, we are well-resourced with books and practical equipment, allowing the children to learn through a practical, first-hand approach. As the children become more experienced with scientific investigations they begin to develop their own ideas and draw their own conclusions from what they have done. We believe that this will ensure that the children become independent learners with an enthusiasm for science.
History is the study of people and events in the past and how these have affected our lives today. It can help children make sense of the world in which they live and help them develop a sense of identity.
Pupils are given the opportunity to experience working with and learning from a variety of source materials and evidence. These include maps, artefacts, videos, photographs, oral testimonies, documents, and computer based material. In addition school visits are made regularly to museums and to places of historical interest.
Geography is the study of different places around the world and how peoples’ lives are influenced and affected by their environment.
We teach geography as self-contained units of work and we make links with other subjects, particularly science where appropriate.
We encourage practical activities and field trips where possible and the use of a wide range of materials including: photographs, maps, atlases, globes, weather station, videos and I.T.
Art is all around us if we know how to look - colour, shape, pattern, design, texture, light and shade. It is a means of communication which is not dependent on the written or spoken language.
At Wood End Academy we encourage the children to explore, discover and appreciate art through a range of media. We endeavour to develop the keen powers of observation, concentration and critical facilities which are fundamental to the appreciation of art and to the study of many other subjects. Each class is named after an artist and pupils develop an in-depth knowledge of his/her work.
Music plays an important part in all our lives. It is a form of communication and an expression of feelings.
Children are encouraged to listen to a wide range of music and to experiment with their own compositions. They also sing, move to music and use a variety of percussion and tuned instruments. We also have several electronic keyboards and computer software for composing. We hope that the experiences we provide will give the children enjoyment and develop an appreciation of music that will give lasting pleasure.
There is an opportunity for ukulele, violin, guitar, flute, recorder and brass instruments for those who have a special interest. The children who join these classes must commit themselves to practice time at home.
We believe that Physical Education has a vital role to play in our children's development. It is especially important in the early years to encourage children to keep their bodies fit and healthy and to give them an outside interest which continues into adult life. We aim to give all children the chance to develop their skills to the best of their abilities while engaging in enjoyable activities but we also recognise that children with particular talents need to have the opportunity to excel. Through our membership of a sports partnership we are able to offer specialist teaching in a wide range of sports.
We have a large playground and a field for outdoor sports. Year 4 children have
Children also have the opportunity to join one or more of the sports clubs. Children who want to develop their sporting interests further have the chance to be selected for one of the school teams and play in local leagues.
Computer capability is seen as a core skill to be learnt at school along with numeracy and literacy. We have an ICT suite equipped with computers, linked to the Internet as well as class sets of wireless enabled laptop computers and tablets.
We also have computers in each class with Interactive Whiteboards.
The children have lessons in computer skills and put those skills to use to enhance
their learning in other curriculum areas.
Children use a wide range of materials in Design Technology: paper, card, wood, textiles and food. They experience many different activities involved in designing and making products and learn how to use tools safely. We have also introduced Control Technology which entails writing simple programs.
Religious Education is compulsory throughout the school as stipulated by the Education Reform Act 1988. Religion centres around values and beliefs and it contributes to moral and social responsibility. It is concerned with feelings, relationships and symbolism and it stimulates art, music and literature.
The academy follows the Ealing Agreed Syllabus which emphasises the spiritual nature of religion. We maintain a balance between 'wholly or mainly Christian' programme, which is required by law, and one which reflects our multi-faith community.
There is a Collective Act of Worship every day. Regularly, a class of children takes responsibility for presenting the Assembly, which parents are welcome to attend. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship; please discuss this with the Headteacher if you wish to do so.
Through our religious education programme we hope the children will:
Personal and Social Education focuses on the skills needed to build positive relationships with others and become a caring, responsible member of the academy community.
We have a structured programme of social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL), designed to help children address various important social and moral issues including friendships, drugs, the environment and citizenship. We want to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of these issues and we aim to empower them to deal with every day situations.
We have gained National Healthy School accreditation.
Outside speakers, e.g. the School Nurse, the Fire Brigade, Police and Roadcraft Officers, are invited to talk to the children on a variety of matters.
Each class also has a special ‘Circle Time’ session during which the children are encouraged to express their feelings and listen to each other. This work helps to develop children’s self esteem and confidence as each child’s contribution is listened to and valued by the whole class.
We have a Buddy scheme to help children needing friends at playtimes and Young Leaders who help organise games.
It is the policy of the academy to approach this and other sensitive areas of the curriculum with sincerity and honesty at all times and to deal with any issues which concern the children as and when they occur.
Relationships and Sex Education is organised into three main areas; Personal Safety, Relationships and Physical Changes. These are studied in a progressive framework
hroughout the academy.
Year 6 pupils undertake a programme of dealing with such matters as bodily changes at puberty, conception,birth, contraception and other health related issues. The academy health advisor visits to discuss physical and emotional changes as part of the programme. Any instruction given will aim to encourage pupils to have regard to religious, moral and social considerations. Parents will have the opportunity to view materials used and may join the classes for this programme.
Parents have the right to ask for their child to be withdrawn from the classes in Year
6, but not from any area which is part of the Science Curriculum e.g. reproduction
of plants and mammals.
As with all aspects of academy life, parents are welcome to discuss any concerns
they have with staff and the Head.
Homework will be given at least once a week and more often in years 5 & 6. It may include reading, writing, spellings, tables, mathematical games and problems, finding out more about their project or finishing off their work.
We hope parents will support us in this by helping their children to get into a routine and by making sure that they have a suitable, quiet place to work.
You should aim to read with your child every day!
Special Education Needs
It is estimated that about 20% of all children will have learning difficulties at some stage. In most cases these can be met in the classroom by the class teacher, but sometimes extra help is needed.
We identify children with special needs by teacher assessments, observation and regular tests of maths, reading and spelling. Children who need help with basic literacy are given extra help once or twice a week in class or in a small group. 1:1 support is also provided where necessary by support staff, both in and out of the classroom.
A small minority fo children may need a statement of special educational need. These children get appropriate help with their learning. If we think that a child has special needs, we will let parents know and keep them informed of progress. Parents will be fully involved at all stages and are encouraged to play an active part in supporting their child's development.
We are committed to identifying and meeting the special educational needs of our pupils in accordance with the current Code of Practice.