Our core purpose is to work in partnership with you to help your child develop into an effective, independent learner who is equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the next stage of their development, both academically and socially. Every child should be resilient as a learner, and as an individual, in order for them to be able to make the most of the challenges they may face in the future. We encourage children to take an active part in their learning and the life of the school. We strongly believe that children need a wide range of opportunities to explore their potential talents within the curriculum and extra curricular activities. Academic achievement is important but we also feel it is equally important that children have the opportunities to be successful and develop skills and talents through non-academic activities. We provide many opportunities to enhance our curriculum with exciting practical first hand learning experiences.
Our educational philosophy has the development of the whole child at its heart. We believe that for a child to be successful academically, they must be self assured both emotionally and socially. Consequently, our ethos and curriculum is centred on developing the emotional and social well-being of every child so that they are able to meet the academic challenges and make positive contributions as future citizens. We feel strongly that to engage children, and for them to have a passion for learning, they need to see learning as enjoyable and contextually relevant to them. That is why, here at Woodlands, we involve our children in planning the curriculum and their learning journey. Therefore, it is based on areas of interest for them whilst also ensuring that we teach them the skills and knowledge that they will need to be effective learners. We firmly believe that learning is something we do with children, rather than to them. Hence, children are seen as working in partnership with their teachers to plan and evaluate their learning journey. Further information on the curriculum and the full range of subjects taught, both statutory and non-statutory, is available within our creative curriculum statement and various other subject specific policies. These are available for parents to read on request from the school office.