The Abbey curriculum is designed to be exciting and challenging to all of its pupils. At its core, pupils study English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. The work is closely linked to the National Curriculum, although we do have the flexibility to ensure that the pupils develop a love of learning and a genuine enthusiasm for a wide variety of subjects. We recognise that children thrive academically when work in the classroom is balanced by a broad range of challenges outside it. Art, Music, Sport, Drama and our wide range of clubs and activities play an important part in the children’s all-round education. Success both inside and outside of the classroom is vital in making children feel secure and happy. Pupils at The Abbey also continue to learn Spanish and learn Food Technology in Years 3 and 4 and Engineering in Years 5 and 6. In addition to this, Year 3 pupils will learn a string instrument (violin, viola, ‘cello, mini bass) for the year as part of the Music curriculum.
We believe that small class sizes play an important role in a child’s education. It allows for greater interaction with the teacher and pupils can be given individual attention more easily. Our pupils are challenged within the classroom and teachers have a high expectation of academic standards and encourage the children to be the best they can be. We realise that we are preparing the children for life beyond school and so we instil the ‘Learning At Woodbridge’ (L@W) initiative to enhance and expand the children’s capacity to learn. It helps children to develop transferable learning skills and prepares them for a lifetime of learning. As the children progress through The Abbey they develop and extend their meta-cognitive understanding of ‘how’ they learn. By building up a coherent picture of what it takes to be a good learner our children are able to develop their learning character and habits, as well as their appetite and ability to learn in different ways.
Great care is taken to nurture the mutual trust and respect that forms between the pupil and the teachers. Parental involvement is also key to building positive attitudes to learning and we invite parents into School to attend parents’ meetings, L@W sessions, concerts, exhibitions, grandparents’ day, Sports Day, Stepping into Business market day and Drama showcases to name but a few.
Form teachers and staff are always available at the end of the School day for an informal talk or parents are welcome to contact the appropriate member of staff at any time to arrange a formal meeting.