At King’s Wood we provide a stimulating curriculum aimed at giving children a wide range of learning opportunities. We hope to give you a full picture of what children learn at King's Wood on this web page. If you have any further questions, please speak to your child's class teacher. For details about how children with additional needs are supported to access the curriculum, please click here.
Key documents / links:
Curriculum policy - please click here to be redirected to the school's policies page.
In Nursery and Reception the first curriculum your child will encounter is the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a curriculum designed for under fives and has a strong emphasis on learning through play, both indoors and out.
The areas it covers are split into the prime areas and specific areas. The prime areas are communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The specific areas are literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
Children are also encouraged to develop the characteristics of learning which are:
playing and exploring,
active learning, and
creating and thinking critically
As children move out of the Foundation Stage and progress through Year One they begin to study the National Curriculum.
These are English, Maths, Science and ICT. Your child will take part in English and Maths lessons every day, usually in the morning. The work covered is in line with national guidance.
In English we focus strongly on ensuring children learn to speak, listen, read and write to a high standard. We also work towards them developing a love of stories and literature which allows children to extend their vocabulary and develops their understanding of characterisation and narrative. We explore a wide range of genres including information texts, reports, persuasive writing and poetry.
We use a structured phonics scheme called ‘Read Write Inc’ which helps children to learn their sounds and become readers quickly. It then goes on to build on these skills by helping them to transfer what they have learned into their writing and spelling.
Your child will be heard read and discuss texts in groups every day while they are learning to read. We group our reading books in coloured bands and children work through these reading levels as they become more proficient. Your child will be encouraged to change their reading book regularly and we would value your support in sharing their book with them for a short time every evening.
We have recently introduced new spelling and handwriting schemes (Nelson Handwriitng and Dizzy Spellers). There will be opportunities for you to find out more about these in the Autumn term. A key component of Dizzy Spellers is for pupils to practice their words at home. We appreciate your support with this.
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Maths is now taught very differently and many of the methods you were probably taught are no longer used. We hold regular curriculum evenings to keep you up to date and teachers will be happy to talk through calculation methods with you. There is a strong emphasis on mental maths and we encourage children to learn their multiplication tables both at school and at home. Pupils can practice using the PiXL Times Table App as well (click here). Your child has been given a login, and can practice on this app on most devices.
The Maths Mastery approach, which is based on successful methods such as Singapore Maths and Shanghai Maths, is used to deliver the National Curriculum, using Mathematics planning from the White Rose Hub.
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Science is taught for up to two hours a week and wherever possible is taught through practical activities and investigations. Children are asked to select questions to investigate within topics, design experiments, select equipment to carry them out and predict outcomes. They then analyse their results and draw conclusions from them.
ICT is used in all aspects of the curriculum as well as being taught as a discrete subject, computing. We have a computer suite as well as interactive whiteboards in every classroom and sets of laptops the children use in class. Children learn how to use word processing and publisher programs, graphics software, data handling and spreadsheets, power point and control technology including programming. They also have access to the internet throughout the school and are taught how to use it safely and responsibly. Your child will be asked to sign an internet agreement before being allowed to access the World Wide Web. We use Bucks Grid for Learning as our internet provider which has strong firewalls and a high level of security.
All the other subjects within the curriculum are known as the foundation subjects. History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology are taught as part of topics lasting for half a term in Key Stage One and a whole term in Key Stage Two. We have found that the children gain a greater depth of understanding and are better able to make links with other curriculum areas when taught in this way.
We are fortunate to have a music specialist who works with every class, once a week, teaching music and she also leads a weekly singing practice for each key stage. There are lots of music clubs in school which pupils are welcome to join and in Key Stage two there is the opportunity to learn guitar or violin. We also have musicians come into school and perform for the children on a regular basis. Click here to see the timetable for music clubs.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
At King’s Wood children learn about all world faiths and are taught to respect the beliefs of others. Through R.E. we encourage children to reflect on their experiences, behaviour and opinions and in doing so prepare them for adult life. A collective act of worship takes place in school every day.
Parents can withdraw their children for all or part of religious education or religious worship. If parents do wish to withdraw their children from either of these aspects of school life please contact the Headteacher who will discuss alternative provision.
King’s Wood is a community school and has no direct link to any Church, but we do have links with the local churches and religious groups. We regularly welcome visitors from these groups into our school.
We teach personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship as part of our curriculum. Children learn about healthy lifestyles, keeping safe, peer pressure, physical development and relationships, all an essential part of life and learning.
P.E. & Games are curriculum subjects and all children are expected to take part. The games programme covers a wide variety of activities with equal access for boys and girls. Your children will also take part in gymnastics, dance and athletics. Swimming is taught in Year Four and the children go out to a local pool for this.
A complete change of clothing is needed – school uniform PE Kit includes shorts and a T-shirt with plimsolls or trainers. A thicker top and tracksuit bottoms in dark blue or black is a good idea for colder days.
A written note should accompany any child to be excused P.E., Games or swimming for health reasons. Earrings may not be worn as they represent a safety hazard during PE and Games. Children having their ears pierced need to do so at the beginning of the summer holidays so that earrings can be removed for the start of term.
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Click here to see the timetable for sports clubs.