The Curriculum

Coldfall Curriculum Aims and Rationale

Our curriculum meets and exceeds the expectations of the National curriculum. Work for each half term is led by a unit of learning on either History, Geography or RE. Where appropriate learning in English, Design and Technology, Computing and Art are linked to these units of learning. PE, Music, and Science are taught discretely.

INTENT

The intent of our curriculum at Coldfall is to build children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the full range of disciplines. At Coldfall we want our children to use this knowledge, skills and understanding to have a positive impact on themselves, their families, their community and the wider world. This is why we have the following themes running through our curriculum that reflect Coldfall’s specific context and community. These are:

  • For our curriculum to be diverse and inclusive
  • For our curriculum to instil in our children a strong moral sense and values for living
  • For our curriculum to enable our children to be upstanders and activists
  • For our curriculum to teach children about how to live sustainably and care for their environment

We firmly believe that everyone is entitled to an ambitious curriculum and our curriculum design is accessible for all, including children with SEND and disadvantaged backgrounds.

IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation describes the way in which we deliver our intent consistently each day. To do this we have carefully designed our knowledge rich curriculum. This is designed to enable learners to acquire relevant subject knowledge which underpins the application of skills. Skills are carefully and progressively mapped across each key stage and subject area.

Key knowledge is consolidated and secured into long- term memory by specific and regular retrieval opportunities, which are deliberately spaced and planned for. This ensures that by the time children leave Coldfall they have learned, and are able to recall and apply the key information that we feel is important in order for them to be successful in the future.

Composite and components of learning

Knowledge is taught through main question that the children are unable to answer at the beginning of a unit. Teachers plan a series of lessons that provides the children with the knowledge and skills to demonstrate full and considered responses to this enquiry through component parts of the unit. Subject leaders are integral to the planning process and understand and can explain the rationale for the pathway that their subjects take. Progression of knowledge and skills is carefully mapped across all Key Stages.

THE ENHANCED CURRICULUM

The curriculum is enhanced by carefully planned visits, activities, community links, skill workshops, and life experiences that enhance the learning of our children.

IMPACT

Children leave Coldfall Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content they have been taught. They are well-rounded capable and caring individuals who are exemplary citizens. Children have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to lead a rich and fulfilling life, with positive relationships, and a strong sense of commitment to making a positive contribution to the world.

The Entry Point is an exciting and memorable event that launches every unit. The aim of the entry point is to get children thinking about, and engaged with, the learning that’s to follow.

Key Skills in English and Mathematics

Particular skill areas are described as ‘key skills’ because they help learners to improve their learning and performance in education, work and life. These are embedded in the school’s curriculum.

Visit the CLASS PAGES for a particular year group/subject to read the expectations, or go to the ENGLISH or MATHS pages for the full range of Year group content.

 

Freedom

‘According to a recent study only 21% of today’s children regularly play outside, compared with 71% of their parents, who regularly played outside as children.