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The Woodland Federation Curriculum


The curriculum is all the learning that we plan and sequence in order to create lifelong, curious learners; we aim to create SMILERS throughout our federation - pupils who are healthy, happy and hungry to learn.


Our curriculum covers all subjects from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Curriculum and also includes Religious Education which is taught using the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.  



Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education through rich and creative learning experiences which help our children to remember what they have learnt. Our aim is for our children to develop as independent, curious and successful people with a passion for learning.  


Through our curriculum, we aim to develop the whole child. This means that we plan experiences which help children to develop emotionally, spiritually, morally, academically, and culturally.  

The curriculum has been designed by our staff for our children, taking into account the needs of our children and families. 




The curriculum consists of many different planned experiences including lessons, topic days, trips out and visitors to school. We also take advantage of our beautiful school settings in the Peak District and make use of the local environment and outdoors as much as possible.  


In designing the curriculum, we thought about what we want for our children and what we believe are effective methods of delivering it to them so that they learn and, more importantly, remember the learning.   


Our broad and rich curriculum is designed to work in our small schools where children are taught in mixed age classes whilst covering all aspects of the National Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum. To ensure progression for all children, we use a skills progression for each topic. This helps children to develop independence and thinking skills as well as subject specific skills at the same time as developing children’s knowledge at their own level.  


The curriculum is planned on a three-year rolling programme in EYFS and KS1 and a four-year rolling programme in KS2. 



Our curriculum will provide our children with the skills, knowledge and interest in learning to go on to make positive contributions throughout their lives. Our aim for our children is to be socially, morally, culturally and spiritually aware and to know how to make positive contributions to their local area and beyond.  


Our topics for the academic year 2023/2024 are:


EYFS/KS1Travel and TransportOceans and AdventurersThe Perfect Peak District
KS2Extreme EarthRiotous RoyaltyEuropean Art and Artists


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