Our curriculum extends beyond the academic and has been designed by our staff, children and parents to ensure that children develop in a range of aspects such as sport, the Church, music and leadership skills. We regularly seek staff, pupil and parent voice regarding the 21stCentury skills which children may need in order to flourish both now and in the future.
Children develop resilience through the whole curriculum, staff regularly discuss with children and ask them to reflect on, what they have found difficult and how they have overcome difficulties. Each half term a class works with our coaching team and their class teacher to develop their understanding on mental health and well being. Children are taught about the risks to their well being and strategies to support them during these sessions which are also a part of our PSHE, RSE and e safety curriculums.
We strive to ensure that every child who attends Woodseaves leaves us as responsible, respectful and active citizens. In addition to our rich and creative curriculum, underpinned by our Christian values, we provide children with a wide range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests and prepare pupils for life in modern Britain, such as leadership skills with our School council and Head boy and girl team or entrepreneurial skills through our work with the Peter Jones Foundation Tycoons project.
We support children in developing their characters, talking about what motivates us and them, providing opportunities for reflection through our Collective Worship and reflection spaces and encouraging their curiosity to learn and have ownership over their learning. All those who work with our children strive to enhance our pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
SMSC is embedded throughout our curriculum, for example:
Our teaching and learning in English supports spiritual development by engaging children with a wide range of poetry, fiction and drama this allows children to explore and engage with the feelings and values found in a wide range of genres. Our curriculum planning in English enables children to look, discuss and evaluate a range of social and moral issues found in a wide range of genre including newspapers, fiction, television and other media.
English lessons support cultural development by exposing children to a wide range of written and spoken language from a range of cultures. In addition, it supports children to become confident and competent in their own language which is vital to their individual identity.
Teaching and learning in maths supports pupil’s spiritual development by helping them to develop deep thinking and questioning the way in which the world works. Through maths children gain an appreciation of the richness and power of mathematics in our everyday lives. Through discussion about mathematical understanding and challenging assumptions and supporting children to question information and data that they are presented with children are supported in developing their moral understanding. Maths helps children to understand and use rigorous and logical argument and discourage jumping to conclusions when trying to determine the truth. Our teaching of maths supports our children’s social development by promoting self-esteem and building self-confidence, children are given the strategies and encouragement to succeed. We help pupils develop their mathematical voice and powers of logic, reasoning and explanation by offering explanations to each other. Maths supports pupils cultural development by developing an appreciation with the pupils that mathematics, its language and symbols have developed from many different cultures around the world: e.g. Egyptian, Indian, Islamic, Greek and Russian roots. Through maths we investigate and research cross cultural patterns and develop children’s cultural capital.
At Woodseaves C.E. Primary Academy our Science curriculum supports spiritual development by providing many opportunities for children to think and spend time reflecting on the amazing wonders which occur in our natural world. Science supports moral development by showing children that different opinions need to be respected and valued. There are many moral and ethical issues that we cover in science including discussions about environmental and human issues. Science supports social development by exposing children to the power of collaborative working in the science community which has led to some amazing and life changing breakthroughs in medicine. When undertaking experiments and research children work collaboratively. Science supports our children’s cultural development by looking at how scientists from a range of cultures have had a significant impact globally. It also helps children to understand how important science is to the economy and culture of the UK.
Our history curriculum supports spiritual development by helping children develop a sense of curiosity and the mystery of how and why events in the past happened and raises questions as to what could have happened if events had had different results. Artefacts are used to give pupils a sense of the past and aid pupils in understanding the people who produced and used these objects. Pupils are encouraged to explore the role played by important individuals, for good or ill, in the shaping of the world we live in. Pupils also reflect upon different interpretations of the past and how these interpretations have been arrived at. Our history curriculum also supports moral development by asking children to consider and comment on moral questions and dilemmas. Events and beliefs in the past will often be at odds with what we would consider unacceptable today (and were to some people in the past also) Pupils will be encouraged to show compassion for people facing dilemmas and to empathise with decisions which people in the past made and the reasoning behind these decisions. Notions of right and wrong are explored in connection with events from the past, linking with the value of justice. History supports social development by exploring the similarities and contrasts between past and present societies and be made aware of how, in the main, we are very fortunate to live in ‘the modern world’ which links with the value of thankfulness. Children examine how other cultures have had a major impact on the development of ’British’ culture. Pupils are also encouraged to build up their own social development through collaborative and team working activities. History supports cultural development by encouraging children to gain an understanding of and empathise with, people from different cultural backgrounds. They examine how other cultures have had a major impact on the development of ’British’ culture. Pupils develop a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world history.
Our geography curriculum supports spiritual development by promoting a sense of wonder and fascination with the physical and human world. An understanding of scale is an important aspect of geography and how small changes in climate can have far reaching consequences. Our children are passionate about the environment and have a strong moral conscience to protect it. Geography supports our children’s moral development by looking at a range of moral issues such how the development of cites have put pressure on wildlife. We cover moral issues of an ever increasing population and the different approaches taken by countries to tackle the problem. We explore issues of poverty and the moral dilemma of importing food and the consequences of it on global warming throughout children’s time at Woodseaves in order to develop a depth of understanding. Geography supports social development because social issues are common themes within geography. Children discuss issues such as global warming with an emphasis on how they can make a difference by making small changes to their lifestyles. Geography supports our pupils’ cultural development by helping them to understand different cultures. Through geography children look at how different cultures and beliefs can impact on the environment and human issues.