The national curriculum provides children with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces children to the best that has been thought and said and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. It provides the content from which we develop exciting programmes of study and stimulating lessons. The national curriculum, however, is just one element in the education of every child in our school. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to reach beyond the national curriculum specifications.
Our curriculum reflects what our children and community need. We have designed our curriculum to focus on these needs. We are always ambitious for our children and this is conveyed in our school slogan; 'Always seek the challenge'. We are committed to developing a school community that is driven to continuously develop and improve. The school's ambition statement defines the school's aims under three key words. These are Nurture, Challenge and Innovate.
Our curriculum is designed to deliver these aims. Everyone at the school works hard to ensure that all our children are challenged to have the age related skills and knowledge needed to read, write and calculate with numbers. Closing the gap in vocabulary on entry and promoting rich language throughout the curriculum gives children the tools they need to appreciate and participate in the world around them. We want our children to develop their voice and to be able to communicate with confidence their view and understanding. We want all our children who face difficulty or uncertainty in their lives to succeed.
We aim to nurture our children to be independent, responsible and resilient. We also want our children to extend friendship, respect and kindness to all who they meet. The school's strong behaviour policy and simple golden rules of 'Be Safe, Be kind, Be Respectful' help us to achieve this. The school also actively seeks to nurture children's healthy lifestyles, mental health, interest in sport and ability to keep safe and happy in our modern society.
In the 21st Century we believe that the most successful learners will be those who are innovative and flexible in their approach to learning. At Wootey we aim to develop enquiring children who are confident to investigate and design solutions. We are eager to develop these skills through opportunities for our children to be creative and expressive in subjects such as Art, Dance, Music and Theatre.