Our school is committed to ensuring the welfare of every child:
We foster a culture of openness and support and have in place a Whistleblowing policy to ensure there are clear procedures in place for dealing with allegations against staff which are in line with our Local Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures
As part of our induction procedure, ALL new staff should receive the following training and information:
We encourage the children to wear school uniform, although it is not compulsory. It does, however, encourage a good standard of dress. The basic colours are white, maroon, and grey.
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School opening times are as follows:
8.30am School site opens 8.45am Children come into school 8.50am - 12.30pm First Session 12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch 1.30pm - 3.25pm Second Session and home time
29th October – 2nd November 2018
Autumn Term (2)
5th November – 21st December 2018
Friday 30th November 2018
24th December – 7th January 2019
Spring Term (1)
8th January – 15th February 2019
18th February – 22nd February 2019
Monday 25th February 2019
Spring Term (2)
26th February – 12th April 2019
15th April – 26th April 2019
6th May 2019
Summer Term (1)
29th April – 24th May 2019
27th May – 31st May 2019
Monday 3rd June 2019
Summer Term (2)
4th June – 19th July 2019
Our school has its own kitchen and we offer good quality hot dinners at a current cost of £2.20 per day. As part of the government initiative (UIFSM) every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to free dinners. Dinners are of a high standard with a choice of two dinners and a jacket potato option every day.
Key Stage 2 children may bring in fruit to be eaten at morning break, however Key Stage 1 children are provided with free fruit by a European Union initiative.
If you would like more information about free school meals or would like to check if you are entitled please click on the link below - www.warwickshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
We offer a broad based curriculum which is delivered in a stimulating environment.
Throughout the school great emphasis is placed on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, ICT, Science and RE. The foundation subjects (history, geography, art, design and technology) are taught through a themed approach using first hand experiences where possible to enable the children to see the relevance of their learning.
School is fortunate in having specialist teachers in art and design and technology and music and who co-ordinate these subjects.
The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage begins when a child turns three. Children are admitted to the Reception class in the last year of the Foundation Stage, in the academic year in which they turn 5. This key stage builds upon what the children already know and can do, by developing their confidence and extending their skills in a wide range of structured learning experiences. Children in the Foundation Stage work towards the Early Learning Goals which set high expectations for children at the end of the Reception year and are consistent with the National Curriculum levels which the children work towards in both key stages one and two. The curriculum for Reception is the foundation stone upon which the rest of a child’s education is built. Children are taught reading and writing, language and communication, mathematics, knowledge and understanding of the world, positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning, social skills, attention skills, persistence, physical development and creative development. At Woodside we aim to nurture our children, develop in them a sense of awe and wonder of the world as well as encouraging a sense of independence.
The core subjects
Literacy lies at the heart of learning. In developing literacy skills children learn how to communicate their ideas, feelings and understanding. Literacy is the key which unlocks a whole new world of imagination and creativity. The Literacy curriculum includes speaking, listening, reading and writing. Together these areas provide children with the tools which they need to convey thoughts and ideas to others in a meaningful way.
Speaking and Listening
From the start of their education we encourage children to listen, pay attention and take turns. Throughout the school, we encourage children to participate in telling stories, discuss ideas, use talking partners and participate in drama and role-play. It is important that we create a rich environment which encourages and builds confidence in children wherein they feel comfortable in sharing their ideas and are able to communicate comfortably and clearly with each other.
To be successful in education, we need to be confident and fluent readers. Therefore we place great emphasis on reading skills and work closely with parents to support children’s development by encouraging parents/carers to actively listen to their children read every day. This partnership is very important and very successful. Through regular reading and listening to stories, poems and plays, we aim to foster a life long love of reading.
Effective writing is a key skill and at Woodside we are developing a ‘writing community’ where children are encouraged to write for a purpose. Pupils are taught phonics, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme, grammar and spelling strategies with guidance on how to structure and plan a piece of writing. They also undertake work to enable them to
understand and use the key features of the main text types.
Numeracy is taught in a relevant, enjoyable and practical way. Direct and interactive teaching is at the very heart of the teaching of mathematical skills. Throughout their time at Woodside, the children are taught using a variety of methods and strategies to enable them to use the four main calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and
division. The children will also work on ‘mental maths skills’ and ‘using and applying skills’. We aim to make numeracy fun and relevant to the real world, whilst embedding key skills.
Children learn about science in an enjoyable and exciting way. By enabling our pupils to discuss ideas and make observations to reach conclusions, we ensure that they are thinking and working in a scientific manner which supports their future learning. Science is taught through topic areas using first hand experiences. Children are given the opportunity to investigate experiment and solve problems. They are also taught methods for recording and how to use scientific equipment appropriately. Wherever possible we use our outside learning environment to bring science to life and foster an understanding of and a sense of responsibility for our world.
The children learn ICT skills, which allow them to use ICT as a tool across the whole curriculum. All classrooms have
interactive white boards and data projectors along with computers, which are linked to our ICT suite. Children are taught to use software for word processing, data handling, painting and drawing. They are also taught about the uses of control technology in every day life and have the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. We have an E-safety policy in place to help keep children safe whilst using the internet and an E-safety agreement, which we ask all parents and children to sign.
The Foundation subjects (history, geography, art, design and technology) are taught in a cross-curricular manner which makes relevant and purposeful links between the subjects. This work also engages the children in artistic expression and creativity. Activities also provide opportunities for exploration, observation, discussion, problem solving which all aid the development of skills. We aim to make learning exciting, fun and relevant, thereby engendering a love for all things they encounter both past and present.
Sport plays a large part in the life of Woodside School. We believe in encouraging children to be fit for life and to build skills and understanding which will support their leisure time both now and in the future. We endorse competition so our pupils participate in both inter-house and inter- school competitions.
At Woodside Church of England Primary, there is a strong commitment to supporting high standards in music. Our deputy head teacher teaches music across Key Stage 2. All children in Key Stage 2 are taught to play the recorder and
children throughout the school learn to play percussion instruments. They are also taught singing skills and regularly perform for the community and in competitions. There are two visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers offering brass and woodwind lessons.
Building Learning Power (BLP)
Within all aspects of the curriculum, children are taught and encouraged to develop skills which transfer across all subject areas and help them to learn effectively. The key skills are reflectiveness, resourcefulness, reciprocity and resilience.
The religious education programme follows the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus. The children study a variety of religious themes, and learn about Christianity in detail, and develop an understanding of other faiths. As a Christian school we celebrate the many and varied aspects of our faith, and others, during our assemblies. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from religious education they can discuss this with the Headteacher.
Swimming instruction takes place for children in Larch class across the year with the endeavour that they will be able to swim 25m by the end of the year. This takes place at Kingsbury swimming pool.
PSHE / Citizenship
Children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals, and as members of the local and global community. We place a great emphasis on learning rules and skills for keeping healthy and safe. The children learn about rules and how to respect the feelings and rights of other people. We use the ‘Taking Care’ scheme to promote protective
behaviours within school.
We deliver a tailored package called ‘All About Me’ which provides support in delivering relationships and sexual health education to all children in school, in an age appropriate manner. Each principal theme (All About Me, My relationships, Me and My Body, My Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour) is taught in each year group, building from Reception to Year 6. This enables children to develop into individuals who;
respect both themselves and others
are aware of their own and other people’s feelings, wishes, opinions and capabilities
can increasingly make better decisions in the area of relationships.
The school recognises the vital role which organised homework plays in raising standards of achievement of pupils of all ages. The purpose of homework is to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding and we value working in partnership with parents to support their children’s learning. Homework also enables parents to become involved with, and aware of, the work their children undertake, and thereby contribute further to school/home support.
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Our school is linked to both The Polesworth School and Queen Elizabeth Academy. Most of our children go to one of these schools after finishing Year 6.
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