The Woodland Academy Trust aims to provide learners with an educational experience that provides them with the skills, knowledge and character to understand and contribute to the world they live in.
Wherever possible we look for meaningful opportunities across the curriculum for the children to make connections with their learning whilst not compromising on the knowledge they need to build upon.
We use a core text approach and provide children with contexts which are rich in local history, as well as areas of geographical interest, and as a family of schools we strongly believe that our children should be aware of this in order to develop a love for where they live. We also want them to understand how where they live fits into the wider locality, e.g. London and beyond. Each theme therefore looks at local impact, before considering regional impact, the wider UK, and where appropriate, across the world.
In addition, we are proud of our PSHE curriculum which has been written and developed by teachers across our schools. Character Education focuses on how to best educate the whole child, beyond the purely academic curriculum and is made up of the unique traits that define a person; their strengths, personal values and behaviours. Character Education helps children discover their unique traits and develop an understanding of how to use them in everyday life to benefit them and the wider community around them.
The Woodland Academy Trust teaching and learning model is linked to Rosenshine Principles and the use of Teaching Walkthrus by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Cavglioli.