Our Vision Statements

Our Vision Statements

All schools aim to provide a curriculum that will prepare their pupils for the future. At Co-op Academy Woodlands, we have the same vision. We provide a highly inclusive environment where pupils enjoy their rounded education.

Underpinned by the Ways of Being Co-op, our curriculum intent is to enable children to acquire the foundations to become lifelong self-motivated learners.

Show you care

Our team leads by example; nurturing throughout, showing how to learn from mistakes and highlighting the importance of mental health and well-being. Our learners are a positive contribution to our school, local community and the wider society. Our curriculum supports the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development ensuring the children are well prepared for life in Modern Britain.

Be yourself, always

We promote individuality whilst embracing diversity and cultural differences. We instil resilience in our school community through encouraging and promoting a growth mindset that fosters an ‘everyone can’ attitude to embracing new and exciting challenges that push their own boundaries. Our curriculum motivates our pupils to aspire to become the best version of themselves. 

Succeed together

We want our pupils to be confident to share their own cultural experiences and to respect the experiences of others. Our curriculum provides opportunities to celebrate diversity and the cultural wealth of our local community. We utilise each of these skills, knowledge and understanding of the world to learn from each other. We also encourage discussion, collaborative learning and teaching the importance of positively challenging the views of others. 

Do what matters most

Our pupils are empowered, inspired and excited for their future. They are encouraged to foster their own understanding of ‘belonging and being’ with the need to know how they connect to the past, how they live in the present and how their actions and the actions of others will impact our future world. We want our pupils to be enthusiastic and aspirational and see themselves as lifelong learners.

At Co-op Academy Woodlands, our purposeful curriculum goes beyond the experience of the classroom ensuring that our pupils are equipped with knowledge, skills and understanding of the wider world. We will reflect and adapt our curriculum in line with the ever-changing environment. As we encompass all of these values, we aim to create a level playing field that ensures all our learners have an equitable future. 

Whole-School Topics Road Map | Long-term Plans

 

Vision Statements

English

“Reading is the one ability, that once set in motion, has the ability to feed itself, grow exponentially and provide a basis from which possibilities are limitless.” – Michael Morpurgo.

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Place reading at the heart of their curriculum and within everything they do with the aim that all of our pupil pioneers will be confident readers that can ‘read’ significantly well by the time they finish KS2.
  • Have access to a broad, balanced and scaffolded reading curriculum and out of school reading enhancements, such as educational visits to the local library, theatre, production and performances.
  • All children who may have special educational needs and/or additional needs are identified through personalised Bsquared or dyslexia assessments, action-based research interventions or strategies are provided as early as possible such as colourful semantics to develop writing and targeted reading inventions such as keyword reader are suitably matched to ensure pupils ‘read rapidly’ within the curriculum whilst developing their skills as authors, poets, performers and public speakers.
  • Breakdown barriers to progress by embedding the principles in the National Curriculum Inclusion statement
  • Develop an interest in and a love of books, encouraging one another to become attentive listeners, independent and reflective readers enabling their pleasure of reading to inspire and be the vehicle that drives our future pioneering authors in the creative creation of their own written work.
  • Promote a love for reading and English literature/language through experiences such as our annual book fair, spelling bees, more-able writing days, educational visits, living authors, poets and performers. Also, linking what they have read independently or collectively with author and poet studies within their English lessons.
  • Thrive to develop a variety of reading strategies and skills, accuracy, stamina, fluency, understanding and response to texts including understanding and learning new or key vocabulary within every part of the curriculum and within all lessons.
  • Develop their ability to use and manipulate a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction including classic texts.
  • Enhance children’s exposure to language through a variety of experiences including the use of libraries, IT and other available media such as Ebooks.

We aspire to be a reading academy and our reading slogan is:

“Stand up for your right to read” – Pupil Pioneers

 


Maths

“Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.”- David Hilbert, German mathematician

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Believe that they CAN do maths
  • Understand the importance of maths in their everyday life
  • Give themselves chance to think critically about maths
  • Question maths to enable them to further their understanding
  • Be able to confidently talk and communicate mathematically using a range of appropriate mathematical language
  • Have an enthusiasm and enjoyment for the subject
  • Be confident and competent with numbers and number system and be able to apply this in range of concepts
  • Solve problems through decision making and reasoning
  • Represent maths through the concrete, pictorial and abstract model
  • Draw on what they already know to make connections mathematically and understand how concepts work together
  • Reason mathematically by explaining and proving their understanding
  • Be fluent in the fundamentals of maths to enable them to develop their conceptual understanding
  • Recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Use ICT to support their learning through the use of Numbots and TTRockstars
  • Be lifelong mathematicians who are ready for their next stage of mathematical learning

“The essence of maths is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” –Stanley Gudder


Science

“Science is simply the word we use describe our method of organising our curiosity.”- Tim Minchin

 

At Woodlands, our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this, it involves exciting practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experience help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.


Geography

“The study of Geography is more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world.”- Barack Obama

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Be aware that they are learning geography!
  • Be active global citizens who value, respect and appreciate planet Earth and its people.
  • Value their own and others’ surroundings and understand how they can impact our changing world.
  • Develop geography concepts, skills and knowledge through well planned lessons.
  • Develop an enquiring, geographical mind.
  • Use globes, atlases, maps and compasses to expand knowledge.
  • Study physical and human features of geographical locations locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Make links between our local and worldwide geography.
  • Record in a variety of ways, linking with other subjects, where appropriate.
  • Have memories for life from visitors, visits and rich experiences
  • Feel prepared for the next stage of their geography education and part of their adult life.
  • Feel proud of themselves, their communities and their place in our world.

History

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”- Theodore Roosevelt

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Be aware that they are learning history!
  • Know that history runs on a chronological timeline from the earliest times to the present day.
  • To be curious about their own and others’ history, using terminology where appropriate.
  • Be able to think critically about local, UK and global history.
  • To think critically, children should be able to weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop their perspectives on different eras.
  • Be able to look at the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change.
  • To understand the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and compare this to their own history.
  • Use their understanding to develop their own identities and the challenges their ancestors have faced in the past.
  • Make links between our local, UK and global history.
  • Record in a variety of ways, linking with other subjects, where appropriate.
  • Have memories for life from visitors, visits and rich experiences
  • Feel prepared for the next stage of their history education and part of their adult life.
  • Feel proud of their history, their communities and their place in our world.

Art

“Art is not just a subject you can learn but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”– Quentin Blake

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Be giving opportunities to communicate what they see, feel and think.
  • Explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media.
  • Experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
  • Be encouraged and have the confidence to self-evaluate their own pieces of art, and know how to improve and edit, using this skill.
  • Learn about a range of great artists, craft makers and designers, with different origins throughout history.
  • Take ownership of their own sketchbooks and be able to talk about what is inside of it.
  • Feel confident to critique and discuss pieces of art with their peers.
  • Recognise art’s wider impact and how it helps them experience the world around them.

Design and Technology

“It’s not just about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen.”– Unknown

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Be confident to use their knowledge and skills to thrive in a constantly changing world which relies on technology.
  • Follow the ‘design, make, evaluate’ process confidently and iteratively.
  • Use their developed evaluative skills to refine previous designs and concepts.
  • Have been encouraged to use their own imagination and creativity during the design process.
  • Be confident to share their ideas, welcome feedback and challenge the ideas of others when working as a team.
  • Plan carefully, considering time constraints and available materials.
  • Have experienced working to strict time limits and adapting their work where necessary to take account of this.
  • Aspire for future careers in roles where DT skills are useful, such as engineering, food technology and architecture.
  • Develop life skills relating to being healthy, by learning about nutrition and applying skills in healthy food preparation.
  • Be trusted to work safely, applying safety measures when tools and equipment.
  • Compare structures of today with those of the past, exploring how purpose, design and engineering has evolved over time.
  • Use the skills learnt in DT in other curriculum areas and vice versa.
  • Be able to use research skills during the planning, evaluation and refinement stages.

Music

“There is music in every child, the teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it.”
Frances Clarke

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Understand what music is, the impact it can have and how it can influence mood.
  • Be aware of different genres of music and respect their origins.
  • Value their own and others’ tastes in music, appreciating the differences.
  • Develop musical concepts, skills and knowledge through well planned lessons.
  • Develop and build confidence in music knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Experiment with different sounds and concepts when creating music.
  • Have the ability and confidence to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
  • Make links between sounds and music.
  • Record in a variety of ways, linking with other subjects, where appropriate.
  • Have a range of experiences using, listening and performing music which they can use throughout their lives.
  • Develop an understanding of musical composition and composers.
  • Be confident performers who can listen, create and interpret music.

Modern Foreign Languages

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures”National Curriculum in England (2013)

 

By the end of their time at Woodlands, our children will:

  • Be interested in and curious about learning another language.
  • Understand cultural differences in other countries.
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.
  • Understand and respond to spoken language:
    • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
    • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
  • Read and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
  • Describe people, things and actions orally and in writing.

Religious Education

“Educating the mind without educating the soul is no education at all.”– Aristotle

 

To achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, the syllabus is built around three aims.  By the time children leave Woodlands, at the end of year 6, we will ensure that all pupils:

  1. Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views

This will include:

    • Beliefs and authority: core beliefs and concepts in any religion or world view
    • Look at the sources of authority including written traditions and leaders
    • Worship and Spirituality: how individuals and communities’ express belief, commitment and emotion
  1. Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value

This will include:

    • The nature of religion and belief and its key concepts
    • Ultimate Questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth
  1. Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity

This will include:

    • Moral decisions: teachings of religions and other world views on moral and ethical questions; evaluation, reflection and critical responses
    • Identity and Diversity: diversity among and within religions and other world views; individual and community responses to difference and shared human values

Physical Education

“Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”– Unknown

 

At Woodlands, we are passionate about raising sporting achievement and improving the health and well-being of our all our pupils.

Our aim is to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum, as well as offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

We believe that a rich and varied PE curriculum can improve attainment, attendance and behaviour. In addition, we want to inspire a love of sport in order to raise the level of physical activity of our pupils outside of school. Through our PE provision we aim to develop the skills and attitudes needed for every child to have a lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living.


PSHE

“We must no longer see ourselves as citizens of the towns or cities in which we teach, but we must consider ourselves citizens of the globe.”– Unknown

 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons, care to talk, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. It allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.  At Co-op Academy Woodlands, we embrace in which PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and its close links to the school’s Safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies.

Personal, Social, Health Education is central to our curriculum; it helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHE pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.


Information Technology

“If we marry educational technology with quality, enriching content,
that’s a circle of win.”– LeVar Burton

 

As I.T underpins today’s modern lifestyle, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of IT will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.

We will aim to:

  • Give all pupils opportunities to use IT in every subject from English and Maths to PE and Music.
  • Teach all pupils how to use the internet safely, not by limiting their use of the internet, but by teaching sensible use of it.
  • Give pupils opportunities to choose when to use IT and which IT to use for given tasks when appropriate.
  • Keep pace with educational developments in IT and have a commitment to teachers having the necessary tools to do their jobs effectively, helping them to be confident and capable of creating effective and creative learning experiences for all pupils.