At Woodside Junior School we are passionate about supporting children's learning by providing a broad and exciting curriculum. In addition to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, we provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of behaviour, a caring attitude to others and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
We give our children an insight into what it means to be British,to celebrate British culture and heritage and to give a clear insight into 21st Century Britain so that all children are fully prepared for their life long journey of learning and understanding. To achieve this, our themed topics cover a range of cultures which have impacted on British society, such as a study of The Romans and The Anglo- Saxons. School trips are focused on further enrichment and are linked to the topic studies with visits to London Museums, places of worship and local shops and businesses. We regularly take part in the Amersham Carnival and attend events held by the local Amersham Community.
A variety of themed days, such as Shakespeare Day, Healthy Eating and Enterprise Day, among others, are held throughout the school year to provide further enhancement to the Woodside Curriculum and to extend children's moral, social and spiritual understanding. Regular visitors to Woodside include local councilors, community members and business leaders. The school also provides Forest School activities for our Year 3 pupils.
This year we are lucky to have secured two specialist teachers: music and computing,who teach each classes once a week. Additionally, a number of our pupils receive peripatetic instrumental tuition in liaison with the Music Centre. The school boasts an extensive drum collection used during a study of Africa and children are offered the opportunity to learn the recorder from Year 3. Our choir sings at festivals and local events.
As well as delivering weekly PE lessons, we collaborate with outside sports providers in order to broaden the children’s experiences of multi-sports. Most recently children have enjoyed lessons in basketball and ribbon dancing. ‘Fitness and Fun’ and Yoga for children are just two of the clubs we offer on a regular basis. Both boys' and girls' football teams compete locally and we liaise closely with the local high school for sports festivals and galas. Our Year 5 children swim at the Amersham pool for a term. Additionally, we strive for our pupils to run daily.
Finally, we are very proud of our extensive school grounds. The children enjoy making use of the outdoor areas and field when the weather permits. Children in Year 3 enjoy the benefits of Forest School even when the weather doesn’t permit! Please have a look at our Curriculum Enrichment web page to find out about additional activities offered at our school.