Since September 2014 we have been following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum for subjects including; Art, DT, Geography, History, Music, Science, International Mindedness and Computer Science.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an internationally-minded, thematic, cross-curricular and rigorous teaching structure used in over 85 countries. It nurtures a love of learning and encourages the necessary key skills and personal qualities that our children will need as they move on to secondary school and the world of work.
The IPC learning focuses on a broad balance of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through linked learning opportunities. Literacy is taught discretely and through linked work as part of the IPC theme. We find this enhances and secures key literacy skills in a range of contexts and experiences. Below you will find an overview for each of the unit themes that will be covered in each Year Group.
Download the Woodcote Curriculum Overview Map
In Years 1-5 we follow Maths Mastery which allows for depth of understanding in the key concepts of Maths. Maths teaching is enhanced across the school through the use of regular maths meetings which allow for rehearsal and consolidation of Maths Facts. Maths Mastery resources for use at home are now available on this link.
Children are allocated and work through colour banded books of different reading skills levels as they work through the school. Within each band there are a range of fiction and non-fiction books from a wide range of reading schemes and non-scheme books. Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure and can access a wider range of books from our school library.
Children are heard to read regularly by an adult in school, in addition to a weekly guided focused group reading session from Year 1. We encourage children to read for 20 minutes at home daily.
Phonics is taught in focused sessions daily in Reception, Years 1 and Year 2. Our teachers follow the National Guidance for phonics teaching from Letters and Sounds. We use Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play and other resources to supplement their teaching. Children are taught in ability groups across the year groups to enable focused development of their phonics knowledge and application.
Writing is taught through a Talk for Writing approach where children are immersed in a shared text and then innovate and develop their writing after this.
Download Handwriting Font Sheet here: Handwriting Font Sheet
PE & Music
P.E. and music are taught by specialist teachers to allow for the children’s skills to be developed.
Our PSHE Curriculum focuses on the School’s eight Personal Learning goals. Each half term one goal is the focus of PSHE/Circle Time in class and through assemblies. These personal goals are also taught throughout our IPC curriculum.
In EYFS we follow the EYFS Curriculum which is taught by themes selected by the children. We find that using themes that capture the children’s interest and engagement they can make better connections between their learning.