How the children are organised

Our children are organised into classes in the following way:


Early Years

Nursery is our setting for 3 and 4 year olds. Some schools/settings call this Foundation Stage 1. We have separate morning and afternoon sessions for 3 and 4 year olds. Our Nursery Leader is a qualified teacher who teaches alongside our qualified key workers.

All 3 to 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours funded by the Local Authority. Some 3 and 4 year olds may be entitled to 30 hours funded by the Local Authority.

Reception is for our 4 and 5 year olds.  Some schools/settings call this Foundation Stage 2. We have three classes in Reception. Each class has a qualified teacher and teaching assistants.


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 consists of three Year 1 classes and three Year 2 classes.


Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 consists of:

  • three Year 3 classes
  • three Year 4 classes
  • three Year 5 classes
  • three Year 6 classes

What We Teach: The Curriculum

Early Years

All schools and Early Years providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage document. This document sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Children are educated in seven areas of learning and development:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our Early Years practitioners use a document called Development Matters to support progression in teaching and learning.

The Early Years curriculum is delivered through active play and exploration.

All children in Early Years are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme. This continues in Key Stage 1.

KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum

The Core Subjects



The curriculum for English consists of the following elements:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading (word reading and comprehension)
  • Writing (transcription – spelling and handwriting & composition – articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
  • Spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar

Reading Books/Schemes

We encourage our children to have a wide and varied reading ‘diet.’ The children have opportunities to read Big Books, Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, Story Chest Scheme, levelled books in group sets, school library books and books from the Schools Library Service.



In KS1 the children study:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry

In Year 2 the children begin to look at statistics.

In Year 3 and 4 the children study:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

In Year 4 the children also learn about fractions and decimals.

In Year 5 and 6 the children study:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

In Year 6 the children also learn about ratio, proportion and algebra.



Children cover a range of scientific topics and concepts. Some topics are repeated as the children move through the school but are studied in greater depth.


Year 1:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal changes


Year 2:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Uses of everyday materials


Year 3:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets


Year 4:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity


Year 5:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces


Year 6:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity


The Foundation Subjects

  • Art and design
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (KS2 only. At Woodside we teach French)
  • Music
  • Physical education and sport


The Wider Curriculum

  • Religious education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE+C)
  • Philosophy
  • Outdoor Learning (Forest School)


Cross-curricular Learning

At Woodside we take a cross-curricular approach to learning. We have a termly, whole-school topic which most learning is linked to.

Previous whole school topics have included:

  • First World War
  • Community
  • Invention
  • Storytelling
  • Going for Gold (Olympics)

This cross-curricular, thematic approach to learning enables children to understand how learning attitudes, behaviours and skills can be transferred across different subjects and disciplines. It also allows children to explore topics in depth, investigate aspects of a topic that they find interesting and gives teachers opportunities to cater for different learning styles.


Curriculum Organisation

All children are taught at least one hour of English (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and an hour of mathematics each day.

They are taught religious education, science, PE and computing each week.

Other subjects are likely to be taught in a ‘block’ during the course of the term as part of the whole-school topic (e.g. a child might study history, philosophy and geography for a half-termly ‘block’ of an hour a week as part of the First World War topic).

All children in Early Years and KS1 are taught phonics using our Letters and Sounds programme. This is continued into Year 3 for children who have failed to reach an expected standard in reading and/or spelling by the end of Year 2.


Teaching the Curriculum

The work children undertake is matched to their level of ability.  Sometimes they are taught:

  • in groups of children with similar abilities
  • in groups of mixed ability children
  • as a whole class
  • individually


Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Some of our children need extra help due to a physical, behavioural or learning need.  All children are fully integrated into the normal organisation of our school.  We have a whole school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) who is a qualified teacher, a Learning Support teacher and a team of assistants who work with children who have been identified as needing extra help or support.  Some also receive extra support from external agencies.  Children are identified and supported through a graduated response assessment procedure.

The whole of the school site has wheelchair access.

A copy of our Special Needs Policy can be accessed through our website and paper copies are available.

We consider high levels of ability to be a learning need and able children are supported appropriately.


Religious Education

Religious Education is part of the broad curriculum that we offer all of our children.  Our approach to RE is based upon the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus and a copy of our RE Policy can be accessed through our website.  All parents/carers have the right to ask for their children to be withdrawn from Religious Education lessons.  Any child withdrawn for RE will work on other appropriate activities.


Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education is taught in our school as part of our PSHE+C and science curriculum.  The main focus is in Year 5/6 when the children undertake the topic ‘Living and Growing’.

This also includes drug, smoking and alcohol awareness education.

All parents are invited to an informal meeting to view teaching materials to be used and to look at the relevant policies. Copies of our Sex and Relationships Education Policy and Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship Policies can be accessed via our website.

Parent/carers have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships Education, apart from the elements contained in the Science National Curriculum syllabus.  Any child withdrawn from Sex and Relationships Education will work on other appropriate activities.


More Able Learners

We are committed to providing a rich and challenging curriculum for all our learners; one that promotes the highest standards and encourages each and every individual to achieve their full potential.  We have children who are gifted and talented and endeavour to ensure we meet their needs.


The Arts

The Arts form an important part of each child’s learning both within the school day and as part of our extra-curricular opportunities programme.  Music, dance, writing, drama, art, photography and mixed-media experiences/performance form part of every child’s entitlement at Woodside.

We offer all children a wide range of cultural experiences which may include:

  • visiting galleries
  • experiencing live musical performance
  • experiencing live drama performance
  • experiencing live dance performance
  • working with professional writers
  • working with professional musicians
  • working with professional actors
  • opportunities to learn a musical instrument


PE and Sport

We have a PE uniform which we expect all children to wear: white t-shirt and black shorts. Children have bare feet for most indoor PE.  They need trainers for games and outdoor PE.  They need a tracksuit or other warm clothing for outdoor PE.

All children have swimming lessons during their time at Woodside.  These take place in Year 4.

We place strong emphasis upon Physical Education and sport and aim to encourage healthy lifestyles and physical fitness.  We teach and encourage cooperative yet competitive team games.  We offer equal opportunities to both boys and girls in all sporting activities.  All children undertake two hours of PE and games each week: one indoor and one outdoor session.  We also offer a range of sporting activities outside school hours during the course of the year.

We compete in sporting events with other schools, notably in football, basketball, athletics, netball, cross-country, cricket, rounders and swimming.

Parents and external sports coaches are active in the sporting life of the school.  We have two halls for PE and games and a good-sized playing field. We invest our sport premium funding in employing professional sports coaches to teach our children and train our teachers.

Our school aims to:

  • ensure that each child achieves his/her true potential in a range of sporting activities
  • ensure that all of our children understand and appreciate the importance and benefits of physical exercise/activity in its various forms
  • encourage our children to participate in events and competitions
  • ensure that our children receive appropriate advice and training on ‘how to play the game’ within our range of sporting activities and will use external expertise as necessary
  • introduce our children to a range of sporting activities and to encourage them to appreciate how physical activity and a healthy, well-balanced diet can enrich their lives

Jewellery can be dangerous in PE as it can catch on parts of apparatus and cause injury.  Therefore, we insist that:

  • rings and necklaces are not be worn for school
  • only stud or small sleeper earrings are worn and that a plaster covers earrings during PE lessons

Information about the curriculum and topic your child is currently learning can be found under the ‘Year Groups’ tab on our school website.

To view the National Curriculum in full please follow the link below.

Woodside School
Woodside School