At Woodside we understand the need for future scientists. Children learn the most through practical activities. We endeavour to make sure that they all have the opportunity to use a range of resources to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. Resilience and reflectiveness are encouraged within lessons to maximise the learning potential of the children. We are proud to hold the Silver Award of the Quality Mark for Primary Science.
It is vital that our children understand the changes and events that have shaped our world. We aim to enrich the learning of History through an appreciation of the material culture left behind by others. Reasoning skills and evaluation are important traits of a successful historian; to understand the past, is to plan for the future. For children to engage with the subject we ensure it is taught creatively, crossing barriers with other subjects when possible.
Woodside Academy recognises the importance of geography to help pupils understand their links with the world. Our provision of the geography curriculum allows children to gain an understanding of diversity and respect, and how interactions with their environment impacts on the world. We provide the opportunity to learn and experience our physical and human environment through the use of outdoor learning and a range of resources to develop questioning and research skills.
At The Woodside Academy it is recognised that PE needs to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm for movement, by expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations and opportunities. So through Physical Education we aim to enable pupils to develop co-ordination, strength, stamina and skills; to promote spatial awareness and teamwork. Furthermore, we believe that Physical Education should lead to a sense of well-being, a greater understanding of health and fitness, a healthy lifestyle and a feeling of self-confidence. BE Active. Be Active for Life!
Art and Design
At the Woodside Academy we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design. The purpose of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and with increasing sensitivity, pupils acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.
There is a great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and through deeper understanding pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. They are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Design Technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators. It is important that children are taught essential life skills to enable them to participate confidently and safely in designing and making.
R.E. is concerned with educating not instructing and should provide children with an opportunity to appreciate and respect other peoples’ responses to life. It provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster an awareness of the different faith groups within the school environment and the wider community. In addition it is a subject which celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.
Our aims are to enable pupils to understand and reflect upon the religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, insights and experiences of those who belong to different faith groups – primarily Christianity, Islam, Hinduism Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. We also aim to provide opportunities for pupils to explore and express their own responses and personal beliefs, values and experiences, and to celebrate these diversities.
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