At Woolavington, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which will ignite children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. We aim to link learning to a range of topics allowing children opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology and be able to communicate historically.
To become a historian we aim for all pupils to have:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past.
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences.
- The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning.
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
We aim to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Our aim is to:
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- Provide active application of pupil’s knowledge and skills learnt and able the children to assess risk to keep them safe and have meaningful debates in a real-life context.
- Ensure pupil’s are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
- have the opportunity to discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At Woolavington Village Primary School:
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Rigolo programme of study. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
It is intended that when children leave Woolavington Village Primary, they will have the confidence and curiosity to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.
Forest School at Woolavington offers hands on opportunities within our school woodland area and field to develop confidence, boost self-esteem and provide challenging yet achievable activities for all. We aim to increase the amount of time spent outdoors by all children across the school. Within this outdoor time we endeavour to provide exciting, inspiring activities that will encourage the children to enjoy being outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle and a better understanding of our world around us and how to care for it. We promote positive attitudes towards sustainability, recycling and caring for our environment.
Activities range from simple scavenger hunts to more adventurous tasks such as fire lighting and tool use. Within these activities, we aim to develop areas such as perseverance, patience, team work, communication, problem solving, thinking skills, risk awareness and how to keep ourselves safe. Many of these skills are transferable into a classroom environment, allowing children to become more confident and independent learners.
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