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Curriculum

Woodcote Primary Intent

At Woodcote all subjects are valued. We work together to develop both children's academic potential and personal qualities through child-centred learning opportunities with a consistent approach. We nurture skills, knowledge and understanding to enable our pupils to become successful citizens for the world we live in. (Nov 2020)

Woodcote Primary Mission

Woodcote is a community with a positive ethos. We take pride in our diverse cultural community and all children are encouraged to do their best in a positive, hardworking, learning environment. We value each child as an individual and work hard to foster resilience, creativity, responsibility, self-belief, respect and truthfulness.

Our aim is to encourage children to work to their best, especially in the essential skills, whilst also providing ample opportunity for broadening their learning experiences. As well as encouraging intellectual growth, we work with families to develop the ‘whole child’ to ensure every child has the best possible opportunity to reach their ‘personal best’.

The Pioneer Academy’s Curriculum Philosophy and Vision

Vision

The Pioneer Academy promotes and achieves excellence by ensuring the very best care and guidance for every child within our family of schools.  It recognises the importance of outstanding teaching and learning by actively encouraging creativity and innovation, whilst having consistent standards of behaviour and attendance.  Treating everyone as equal, whilst celebrating diversity, is a non-negotiable; protecting all through safeguarding, health and safety and welfare is paramount.

Curriculum Vision

The Pioneer Academy promotes and achieves excellence by providing an exciting and engaging curriculum. It recognises the importance of instilling a life-long, love of learning by actively encouraging creativity and innovation. The subjects taught will often be linked, explored and connected through a thematic approach; enabling our children to have first-hand experience of a wide range of activities creating memorable learning experiences.

Enjoyable visits and inspiring visitors are an entitlement of every child within our family of schools. The Pioneer Academy ensures every child has the chance to try things out, to get a taste of the world around them, to see and do things that they wouldn’t normally do, or go to places they wouldn’t normally go.  In this way, children’s spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical development is enhanced and they are well prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. 

Aims

Children within The Pioneer Academy can expect their learning across an exciting and engaging curriculum to support them to:

  • develop self-awareness, self-worth and respect for others
  • develop curiosity, questioning skills and inquiring minds
  • meet challenges, manage change and build relationships
  • experience personal achievement and build resilience and confidence
  • understand and develop physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and social skills
  • understand how decisions they make about their behaviour and relationships affect their physical and mental wellbeing
  • participate in a wide range of activities which promote a healthy lifestyle
  • understand that adults in the school community have a responsibility to look after them, listen to their concerns and involve others where  necessary
  • learn about where to find help and resources to inform choices
  • assess and manage risk and understand the benefits and consequences of risk-taking
  • reflect on strengths and skills to help make informed choices when planning next steps
  • acknowledge diversity and understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge discrimination.

Rationale

The Pioneer Academy (TPA) has chosen to implement the National Curriculum.  This provides a sound basis upon which we enable all our children to be taught a broad range of subjects; within each subject they have the opportunity to develop a depth of knowledge and breadth of understanding also a set of strong, transferable skills. Through both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, leaders prioritise speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths so that every pupil is very well prepared for studying a deeper, broad curriculum in Key Stage 2. The leaders within TPA expect high standards to be attained in English and mathematics, whilst also ensuring successful learning takes place within and across all subject areas.

At Woodcote Primary we draw on the Cornerstones Curriculum to develop and design our wider curriculum and our focus is on encouraging children to become life-long learners. The Cornerstones Curriculum enables us to design, deliver and manage our curriculum with just the right mix of skills, knowledge and creativity. Our children are encouraged to link, explore and connect ideas across a range of themes, which are relevant to our school’s context and meets the specific needs of the pupils. 

All leaders, managers and governors within TPA understand that visits and trips can be effective ways of motivating our children to deepen their learning across the curriculum, and they can often offer memorable educational experiences. TPA aims to ensure that all children are engaged in their learning and are given opportunities to explore this in a more practical setting.

Enjoyable visits and inspiring visitors are an entitlement of every child within our family of schools. The Pioneer Academy ensures every child has the chance to try things out, to get a taste of the world around them, to see and do things that they wouldn’t normally do, or go to places they wouldn’t normally go. 

The Pioneer Pupil Passport sets out a promise to each child;

‘… we want you to benefit from important opportunities and life experiences. Your Pioneer Pupil Passport will help you track different cultural, sporting, natural and skill based experiences.

We hope these opportunities will leave you enriched for the future and provide you with fond memories as well.’

The inclusion of personal as well as international learning explicitly addresses TPA’s determination to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils at the school and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

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