Woodsetts Primary School Curriculum

"Engagement, depth and challenge in the classroom are the core principles of Anston Brook and Woodsetts Federation curriculum."

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

The children at Woodsetts-Anston Brook Federation are taught throughout the schools according to their age, aptitude and ability, through a cross-curricular, experiential approach.  Each child is encouraged to develop their full potential academically, physically, socially, artistically, technologically, spiritually and morally.  We pride ourselves on our creative approach to the curriculum.  School visits and visitors provide the 'hook' to quality-first teaching and learning and cross-curricular educational experiences. A home-learning project, prior to the new topic is always sent home on the last day of term, The work is celebrated and shared through an immersion day on the first day of the new term/new topic. This gives the children and the teacher the opportunity to collate established knowledge and build upon it. In support of this, school policy is that all classes go on a visit/receive a visitor to engage further a love for learning. Staff display work from projects attractively, reflecting our quality learning environment.  The school has a high standard of work on display.

We are extremely proud of the curriculum we offer at Woodsetts-Anston Brook Federation and of the excellent standard of work produced by the children who come here!

The National Curriculum is made up of Core and Foundation subjects of which there are ten:

Three Core Subjects - English, Mathematics and Science.

Foundation Subjects - Science, Geography, History, Technology, Art, Music, PSHE, Physical Education and Design Technology.  Religious Education is also part of the curriculum.

We have clear schemes and guidance to guide the teaching and learning in the school to help ensure that all children, no matter what their ability, achieve their full potential.

In the Primary School there are three "Key Stages" for the different age groups:

The Foundation Stage: 4 to 5

Key Stage One: 5 to 7

Key Stage Two: 7 to 11

When the children are 7 and 11 they are assessed and their achievements are related to the National Curriculum Attainment Targets – these are known as SATs (Standard Attainment Tasks).

Children in the Foundation Stage are also assessed and at the end of the school year. We use the scheme 'Read Write Inc.' to teach phonics in EYFS Y1. The evidence collected provides a profile of their attainment against six areas of learning.

All children are assessed throughout school using a range of tasks and tests which provide a clear indication of their progress and needs.

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development.  It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children.  It also includes the 'hidden curriculum', or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.  We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

Within this integrated approach reference is made to previous learning to ensure continuity and deepen learning.

Embedded within this curriculum are opportunities to develop resilience, responsibility, reflection, resourcefulness and reasoning.

Magic Moments

In support of our curriculum, a book entitled 'Magic Moments' has been designed by the school based on the philosophy of the National Trust's book 'Fifty things to do before you reach 11 and 3/4". These enrichment activities are offered to our children as they go along their journey through school with us. Your child will be given their special 'Magic Moments' book on entry to FS2 which will be filled with photographs, illustrations and comments about their experiences. When they leave school, they will be presented with this book to take home so they can treasure their primary memories forever!



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

FS Cycle 1

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes


Planes, Trains and Automobiles/Easter

Noah’s Ark/Easter

Bugs’ Life

Commotion in the Ocean

FS Cycle 2

My House and Other Buildings

Let’s Party

People Who Help Us

Fantasy and Fiction/Easter

The Market



All About Me

Mother Nature

Fire! Fire!

Katie Morag

We’re Going to the Zoo


Treasure Island

(Captain Cook)

Follow the Leader!

(Jesus and Moses)

Heroes and Villains

(Robin Hood)

National Health Service

Where the Wild Things Are

Castles, Knights and Kings


Long, Long Ago

(Stone Age)

Ruthless Romans


(War of the Roses/Tudor Explorers)



Awesome Egyptians

Sensational Science

Vicious Vikings

Planet Protectors

Extreme Exploration

   Save the Rainforest

Running Wild

Reduce Reuse Recycle


Out of this World

Groovy Greeks

Human Rights

Industrial Revolution


Mayan Mayhem!

World At War

Dinosaurs Alive!

School For Sale!


Magic Moments Enrichment Activities

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

FS Cycle 1

Dance in the rain

Make a sandwich

Make a smoothie

Pick fruit and make a pie

Make a scarecrow

Go to teddybear’s birthday party

Go to a christening at church

Act in a live nativity

Feed a donkey

Go to a christingle service

Make a Christmas Pudding

Build a snowman

Ride in a vintage vehicle

Bath a baby

Grow a cress head

Look through some binoculars

Make a daisy chain

Make a wormery

Bring up a butterfly

Make a minibeast hotel

Walk underwater

Handle a sea creature

Come face to face with a shark

FS Cycle 2

Kick leaves on a walk

Make a class Jack O’Lantern

Go to a wedding at church

Make a Guy Fawkes effigy

Act in a live nativity

Feed a donkey

Go to a christingle service

Make a snow angel

Sit in a police car

Walk through a springtime wood

Eat a raw vegetable

‘Come dine with me’ experience

Run through water fountains

Build a sandcastle

Bury someone in the sand

Ride a donkey

Paddle in the sea

Eat fish and chips out of the bag

Hold a shell to your ear


Cook a crumble

Name 5 trees by their leaves

Play hide and seek in the woods

Grow a sunflower

Make a leaf-rubbing

Make a face out of fruit

Go in a fire engine

Watch firefighters put out a fire

Dance in a ceilidh

Go to the seaside

Go on a seashore safari

Have a close encounter with a zoo animal

Build a bird box

Make ice lollies


Go on a ship

Visit a harbour

Visit a church

Decorate an Easter egg

Meet Robin Hood

Help a wounded soldier in a Crimean hospital

Make a mini habitat

Make a puppet

Visit a castle

Visit a witch’s cave

Make a wish in a wishing well


Explore a cave

Build a den in the woods

Build a campfire

Visit a battlefield

Go barn dancing

Go salsa dancing

Make a life-size head

Live like a Roman

Make a pizza

Make a pancake

Act on stage in front of a large audience


Write in hieroglyphs

Solve an Egyptian raided tomb quest

Walk in someone else’s shoes

Take part in a Viking raid

Uncover objects in an archaeological dig

Take part in a conservation event

Make something using electricity


Become a trainee astronaut

Make an alien

Participate in a debate in the council chambers

Go to court!

Participate in the Peace Challenge

Stretch a person!

Try a job from Victorian times

Go down a mine


Visit a chocolate factory

Make an erupting volcano

Take part in a role play

Go in an Anderson shelter

Lay a poppy on a cenotaph

Go to a football match

Stand next to a dinosaur

Visit London

Go on a roller-coaster



Go on a giant swing

Go on an assault course

Try archery

Go on a ropes course

Go sailing

Stay away from home for 3 days

Act in a Class Play


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Woodsetts Primary School is part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust.  White Woods Primary Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.  It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company Number 8589470) whose registered office is at Whiston Worrygoose J&I School, Hall Close Avenue, Whiston, Rotherham , S60 4AG.

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