At Woodnook we ensure that English lessons are delivered daily. We motivate our children with engaging activities, which help children to develop their understanding of the structures of different text types.
At Woodnook, our children are inspired to become published writers! We are part of Pobble (www.pobble.com) which shares children's writing with a worldwide, online community. Writing can be viewed, liked and commented on.
Once a week each class completes an extended piece of writing which is marked, handed back and placed in a special folder. Children enjoy the routine of working in a quiet, calm classroom with some gentle music and a timer to help them know how long they have to write. Talk homework is given to the children the day before Big Writing. This is an opportunity for children to switch off the TV and talk about what they will be working on the next day.
Talk for Writing
We use the Pie Corbett approach to embed language through learning texts off by heart. Children use images to help them retell texts, which are then used to help them produce their own texts within the same genre.
Phonic sessions, using Letters and Sounds as a basis, are taught discretely throughout EYFS and Key Stage One each morning for twenty minutes and as an Intervention for children in Key Stage Two requiring support. During these sessions, children learn to recognise and say phonemes and learn and write graphemes through creative games and activities. The skills learnt in Phonics are an essential tool to help children to blend and segment words and therefore develop their reading and writing.
At Woodnook Primary School we aim to develop a love of reading. Each day, all children take part in Guided Reading activities. During this time, children read as part of a group, as individuals and carry out preparation and follow up activities. These activities aim to develop the children’s decoding and comprehension skills and give the children the opportunity to read a range of text types. Children are encouraged to take their love of reading home. Throughout school, we have purchased a wide range of school and home reading books to help enthuse the children to read. Schemes include: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Songbirds. We also have access to an e-reading site which allows the children to read books through the use of ICT
We deliver high quality daily maths lessons at Woodnook. Children are encouraged to improve their mental arithmetic through daily warm ups. This year, teachers will be developing these key strategies in lessons:
- Counting forwards and backwards in 10’s and 100’s crossing boundaries from a variety of numbers
- Partitioning numbers in different ways (incl. decimals UKS2)
- A knowledge of all number bonds to 100.
- Applying known facts.
- Finding small differences by counting up.
- Adding and subtracting near multiples of 1, 10 and 100.
- Use jottings to support their learning and working out of problems.
Times table challenges
Each week children complete a timed times tables challenge. They move through the times tables as they get better and their achievements are recognised in Friday assemblies.
THE CORE PURPOSE OF MATHS IS TO PROBLEM SOLVE, so children will be completing lots of work and challenges relating to problem solving. Teachers will ask children a variety of questions e.g.
- What have you discovered?
- How did you find that out?
- What made you think that?
- What made you decide to do it that way?
CLICK on the maths link to find out how written calculations are developed throughout school. You will also find a range of useful website which may help your child with their homework.
Our children receive two P.E. lessons each week. They develop skills in games, gymnastics, athletics and dance. The school provides a wide range of P.E. equipment. There are also a number of after-school sports clubs for children to attend.
Children have two hour-long Computing lessons in our very well-equipped suite each week. They have access to one computer each and the school uses a range of child-friendly programs and software. The school has two sets of IPads for use in the classroom which further enhance children's knowledge and skills in Computing.
Read about the different topics being taught across the school on the individual class pages. Our topics are cross-curricular and have a focus on developing children's skills across the whole range of curriculum areas.
The subjects below can be taught individually or as part of a topic.
French is delivered as Woodnook's modern foreign language. Many children at the school already speak more than one language and this creates a rich culture. However learning French together helps children to develop their language skills as well as prepare for secondary school where they will continue to learn the language.
The school is lucky to have many musical instruments, including keyboards and percussion, with which children can experiment. Lessons are delivered regularly. There is also a weekly singing assembly where the children learn new songs and enjoy making music together.