Curriculum

Curriculum Vision:

We will provide students of all abilities to be the best that they can be in all areas of school life, with a curriculum that is underpinned by a focus on the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

We will provide our students with high quality learning experiences that will support them in raising their aspirations and develop the study skills that will enable them to have a wider range of future choices.

The school curriculum encompasses all learning opportunities within school life, including extra-curricular activities and development of the wider social skills that will prepare our students to take their place as active citizens in society.

Curriculum Intent:

  • We will offer a broad range of courses that meet the needs of our students, and ambitious pathways for all individuals to make the transition successfully into higher education, training or employment.
  • The programmes of study will capture the interest of students through their relevance to modern life and developing the experiences of our community.
  • Our students will develop an enthusiasm for learning that will remain with them throughout their lives and raise their aspirations.
  • Our curriculum will support not only the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience, but also the wider values of British society and an appreciation of other cultures, traditions and beliefs.
  • Our curriculum will enable students to evaluate and reflect upon choices, providing them with the information and support to further their own economic, physical and emotional well-being.

We will ensure that every student has the opportunity to take part in a broad range of experiences outside the classroom. These will enhance the academic curriculum and encourage students to develop new skills, broaden their horizons and expand their cultural capital.

Curriculum Implementation:

  • All curriculum areas will develop structured practice for retrieval and recall of information, focusing on the development of knowledge over time.
  • All students will be taught the core study skills required for effective learning and revision, and will have the opportunity to practise these in class in preparation for end of year end external examinations, with a particular intention of supporting the attainment and progress of the high proportion of PPG students.
  • A range of assessment techniques will be used to determine what has been learned and retained, and identify progress against internal age related expectations at KS3; and external assessment benchmarks at KS4.

KS3

  • Our KS3 curriculum will focus on providing a broad and balanced curriculum experience for all students, with a focus on stretch and challenge at all levels: enabling strong progress building effectively on KS2 learning at all levels, and ensuring readiness for KS4 study.
  • Subject areas have developed curriculum pathways with well-chosen content; which is sequenced effectively.
  • Students will be taught in ability groups for English, Maths and Science, enabling students of all abilities to be challenged; and for appropriate support to be established to enable attainment gaps to be closed.
  • Students will be taught in mixed ability groups for foundation subjects, with high quality learning experiences and a high level of stretch for all.
  • A key skills pathway is in place to support a small number of students who have significant gaps in their basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • All KS3 students will have the opportunity to take part in at least one residential event, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities, trips, visits and visiting speakers.

KS4

  • The three year KS4 experience enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the subjects that they are studying, including a breadth of experience beyond the constraints of the exam specification.
  • Subject areas have developed curriculum pathways with well-chosen content; which is sequenced effectively.
  • Students are given support and advice in the selection of their KS4 courses based on their future career aspirations, as well as maintaining breadth in their personal choices.
  • The range of KS4 courses offered will be selected based on the needs of the cohort, but will always represent a broad base of subject areas and represent high quality routes to post 16 study and beyond.
  • All KS4 students will have the opportunity to take part in Work Experience, developing key employability skills, self-confidence and aspiration.
  • Students will receive individual mentoring support from school staff and careers professionals to ensure that they are well placed to apply for, and succeed in, their post 16 pathway choices.
  • Personal Discovery programme – PSHE and Citizenship is taught to all students as part of the weekly tutor programme. This includes sex and relationship education, healthy minds, careers and personal finance.
  • To support the school’s commitment to ensuring that all students have the basic skills required to succeed in modern society, all students in Y7-9 take part in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) for twenty minutes every day, with outcomes linked to the Accelerated Reader programme.
  • For a small number of our students, their needs are not able to be met through mainstream provision. To ensure that we provide a suitable curriculum to meet the academic and personal development needs of these students, a number of alternative pathways are in place.  Provision of an alternative pathway is taken after careful consideration of the best interests of the child, and discussion with students, families and key staff members.

Student Resources

At Woodlands, we work tirelessly to try to ensure that our students get the best possible curriculum and support.  We try to extend this beyond the normal school hours, by scheduling Homework Club, Homework Detentions (where students have been given a detention for not completing homework) and by publishing our resources on the internet and subscribing to educational content.

The pages in this section are to help extend the curriculum beyond the school gates and make the curriculum resources more accessible to all students.

Students and parents can download the curriculum book for each year group from the links on the left.

Students can also access the online platform by clicking on any of the sliding links on the right.

Google Apps for Education

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Manga High

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Doddle

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Accelerated Reader

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My Maths

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