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. Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate and learn about the local area and traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. 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 Trust’s teaching and learning model is linked to Rosenshine’s Principles and the use of Teaching Walkthrus by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli.
We have high ambition for all of our learners, providing equality of opportunity for all. Our aspiration is for all children to leave our Trust with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become self-regulated learners.
We are proud of the work that is taking place with our educational offer across the Trust. We have been working with Apple to develop the use of technology within our classrooms and we have been developing our continual professional learning with a focus on access to excellent resources. We are delighted to announce that the Woodland Academy Trust has been recognised as the Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) for Kent and Bexley.
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Watch the story of our digital journey so far by clicking on the image below:
Our development plan for music education sets out our vision to enable all children to:
- learn to sing, play an instrument and create music together
- have the opportunity to progress their musical interests and talents, including professionally
Click below to view our development plan which outlines how the Woodland Academy Trust will work towards achieving the goals that are set out in the NPME:
Click here for 'Our Schools' page to visit the schools' websites for further information about the curriculum.