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The Woodridge Curriculum

The Reception (Early Yerars) Curriculum


Our children learn through a wide variety of experiences in a stimulating environment. Through the curriculum, we work to develop the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, creative and spiritual potential of each child.


The Reception Class follows the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2021. Children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in seven areas of learning:


  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design 


There is a strong emphasis on learning through experience, play and children’s interests. All the areas of learning have equal emphasis.

Phonics Reading Scheme for EY and Infant Classes          

We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics as detailed here


Years 1 to 6

We teach the requirements of the National Curriculum in a creative and engaging way, making links between subjects and emphasising breadth and depth in learning. Through our approach to the curriculum, we encourage children to develop lively and enquiring minds and to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. We promote the achievement of high standards at all times.

The curriculum comprises

  • three core subjects (English, mathematics and science)
  • eight foundation subjects (computing, history, geography, music, art, design and technology, physical education and religious education)
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • A Modern Foreign Language (Spanish in Years 3 to 6)


Sex and Relationships Education

It is the decision of the Governing Body that sex education will form part of the whole curriculum at Woodridge. The subject is taught progressively as part of Health Education and older children follow a television series broadcast for educational purposes. Though the dissemination of factual information forms the basis of our policy, children are also taught the importance of attitudes and values.  


Parents may withdraw children from lessons in sex education unless the content is part of National Curriculum science. Our Policy for Sex and Relationships Education is available from the office and parents are invited to view resources prior to their use. 


Religious Education and Assemblies

Through Religious Education and Assemblies, children learn to respect and value diversity of belief and experience. At Woodridge, we follow Barnet’s Agreed Syllabus for RE. Religious Education is often a part of a cross-curricular study and is integrated into other topics.

In Assemblies, themes are of a broad nature, reflecting the schools values, the PSHE objectives and celebrate the range of faiths represented in our school community and local community. Children’s participation is encouraged and their achievements are regularly celebrated in assemblies.

Parents may withdraw their children from RE or assemblies. Any request should be made in writing and discussed with the head teacher.    


Homework Policy

Homework is given to all children on a regular basis and we ask parents to set aside time for children to read at home every day.


The amount and type of homework varies and takes into account the age and ability of the children.  Homework is linked to work in the classroom and increases as the children move through the school.