The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
Wooburn Green Pre-School and Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. For young children everything they do is a learning experience. Our key focus is to make sure each child grows their language and communication skills through play and exploring the environment around them. We encourage children to develop their independence and support them in making choices. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum there is the opportunity for children to choose high quality free-play resources alongside more structured adult based learning in small groups.
All learning activities are carefully planned to extend and develop the child’s strengths and interests across the whole curriculum. These are described under the seven ‘Areas of Learning and Development’;
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Learning in Pre-School and Reception takes place inside and in our extensive outdoor environment. Water, sand, paint, modelling, music, climbing, riding and role play all form part of the curriculum in the Early Years.
Key Stage One and Two Curriculum
Curriculum Intent Statement:
The curriculum at Wooburn Green Primary School is designed with pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development at its core. It provides children with the opportunity to broaden their ability to question/ debate/ discuss and challenge philosophical questions and develop their understanding of the world they live in. The curriculum ensures that academic success, through creativity and problem solving, growth mindset, well-being and mental health are the key elements that support the development of the whole child, improving cultural capital and promoting positive behaviors for learning. The curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises learning opportunities and events to promote and develop pupils’ cultural capital, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in Modern Britain.
Our curriculum is designed to promote a love of learning. There is a strong focus on the development of the core skills of reading, writing and maths; skills we believe to be crucial for all children to have successful futures. Alongside this we offer an enhanced creative curriculum which links the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum. Geography, history, art, and design technology are planned creatively to allow pupils to make connections and apply their knowledge and understanding to the world around them. Other curriculum subjects such as science, music, computing, physical education, and religious education are taught discreetly unless appropriate links can be made and they can be woven into the creative curriculum.
Our curriculum is well designed and planned to provide a smooth transition from the Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and to ensure our pupils leave Wooburn Green Primary School with a clear secondary school readiness. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for all subjects so that there is a clear planned progression and coverage of knowledge and skills across school. We develop and deepen pupils' understanding of the curriculum by planning high quality and engaging learning opportunities. All subjects have a clear intent and implementation statement, with clear long term and medium term planning, which ensures objectives are covered. Short term planning ensures lessons are planned in detail and are inclusive of all abilities and needs of pupils.
To ensure the development of the whole child, their character and learning behaviours; personal, social and health education is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and taught in a weekly session. Each week the pupils also experience a growth mindset session, a well-being session and the opportunity to have a 'question time' focus during their topic lesson in which they can further explore their topic 'big question' and the social and cultural aspects of their creative curriculum topic.
Our curriculum is enriched with opportunities for children to learn in the local community, visit museums and areas of interest nationally, attend Forest School and work with sports coaches.
For more information, please read the termly curriculum newsletters on each class page, which explains what the children are learning each term.