COLDFALL CURRICULUM – AIMS, INTENT, IMPACT
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.
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, known as our ’Golden Threads’, running through our curriculum that reflect Coldfall’s specific context and community. These are:
Golden thread 1 – Diversity and inclusion
‘Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice and belonging is having that voice be heard’
At Coldfall there are approximately 52 different languages spoken by children and cultures, religions, heritage and traditions from all around the world. Our curriculum at Coldfall reflects this in the stories that the children read in the class libraries to Geography and History units that they study. For example, in History children learn about Famous Londoners including Mary Seacole and also the Windrush generation as well as the impact of Black Britons.
In Geography children learn about their local area but also visit the Mediterranean, Sierra Leone and North and South America.
Our displays and environments are reviewed by our Inclusion and diversity team so that we ensure that children from all backgrounds can recognise themselves in their learning and their school.
Golden thread 2: Sustainability and Environment
“Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other.” – Jane Goodall
Coldfall has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and looking after the environment. We were the first school in Haringey to achieve ‘Green Flag’ status which recognises our commitment throughout towards making sure that the school is environmentally friendly. We generate our own electricity through solar panels, celebrate and participate in Earth hour as well as having a team of students, called Star squad who promote eco-initiatives such as litter picking and walking to school.
In the curriculum we explicitly plan for environmental issues to be considered. In Geography the theme of What are we doing to look after the world? Is present throughout the children’s learning. They consider rising temperatures, the impact of plastics and air pollution, amongst others.
Golden thread 3: Moral Values
‘Education without moral values is like a ship without a compass…..merely wandering.’ Martin Luther King
The school has an extensive cycle of values that are repeated on a two-year cycle in assemblies and celebrations. At Coldfall it is our belief that building successful learners is rooted in a strong moral sense.
The Coldfall curriculum contains many opportunities for children to consider and learn about the moral values of: courage, freedom, self- belief, equality, fairness, enthusiasm, perseverance, citizenship, wisdom, thankfulness, empathy, courtesy, excellence, forgiveness, generosity, humility, loyalty, patience, resilience, thoughtfulness, love, fun, friendship, kindness, respect, honesty, peace, trust, creativity and hard work.
Golden Thread 4: Activism and being an Upstander
‘Whenever one person stands up and says ‘This is wrong’ it helps others to do the same.’
As well as learning about issues and considering them at Coldfall we want to impress on our children that they have the power to effect change and have a positive impact on the world around them. In the curriculum children learn about anti-Semitism in WWII, Rosa Parks, Immigration to Britain and Fair Trade.
In addition, whole school initiatives such as raising money for the Educaid charity that provides Free school places to children in Sierra Leone, celebrating peace, ‘Make a difference Day’ projects, and individual fundraising and awareness activities, initiated by children, are celebrated and publicised in the school newsletter or Golden Book Assemblies.
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 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.
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.
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.