Atwood strives to engage pupils in a range of rich learning opportunities that enable all children to excel.
Our staff collaboratively plan and deliver lessons that give children exciting and memorable experiences, both in the classroom and outside and in our extensive grounds, as well as within the wider community. This gives a wealth of practical opportunities that develop explorative, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Teaching is matched to the learning needs of individuals or groups of children. Activities are designed to promote a rich dialogue between teachers and pupils, between children and their peers, and within the wider school community. Staff guide children on exciting learning journeys that culminate in secure understanding demonstrated in pieces of writing, artwork, projects, drama or music.
Atwood works in close collaboration with a range of other local primary schools to share good practice. Our innovative Enrichment Programme allows pupils to engage with each other whilst pursuing shared interests such as debating, computing, music and drama, creative writing and cookery.
Atwood offers a distinctive and inspiring International Primary Curriculum, linking English and mathematics with other subjects to provide deep learning experiences.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) allows Atwood to meet its educational vision. Children will enjoy their learning, developing enquiring minds and the personal qualities they need to be good global citizens, whilst also gaining a sense of their own nationality and culture. At the same time, a respect for the heritage, nationality and cultures of others is fostered. Most of all, we want our children to develop the skills that they need to confidently face the world of tomorrow. One of the ways in which we do this is by following UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award or RRSA. UNICEF works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Children at Atwood are expected to attain a level of knowledge by the end of each school year. These expectations are set out in the documents below - click on your child's year group to view.
Every child at Atwood will take part in our excellent music programme. Our music provision comprises specific musical skills including singing, listening, playing instruments, theory, history and performance. There are formal music lessons each week based on the National Curriculum programmes of study and every child, as they pass through the school, is offered the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. There are wide opportunities to sing, dance and act as part of our co-curricular programme, too.
Sport and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
All Atwood pupils engage in a wide range of sporting activities and events. A carefully selected blend of competitive and non-competitive sports allows our children to experience success whilst promoting healthy lifestyles.
Pupils receive specialist teaching for PE, and a wide range of sports and activities are offered- including gymnastics, football, cricket, rugby, tennis, hockey and basketball. There are also adventurous activities such as orienteering, cross country and swimming. Younger pupils take part in a wide range of Forest Schools activities, such as: den building, camp-fire cooking and using woodland tools, whilst older pupils experience an overnight camp and two types of residential activity holidays whilst at Atwood.
Many of our pupils represent Atwood at a wide range of extra-curricular sporting events; our pupils have also represented Croydon and other sporting bodies such as Crystal Palace FC and Surrey County Cricket Club. In order to promote healthy competition, pupils take part in a wide range of inter-house events on a regular basis.