Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014). However, much effort has been put into personalising our curriculum so that it meets the needs of the children here at Coleham.
It is underpinned by our aims, values and purpose: to provide rich, varied and authentic, first hand learning experiences and memorable moments that will stay with our children for the rest of their lives and inspire them to become life-long learners and experience an excellent education whilst at our school. It aims to develop the whole person, providing them with knowledge, skills and understanding to succeed in life.
Our school values, which were created by the children, are at the centre of our curriculum and our overarching school value is creativity. This value was chosen by the School Council because creativity is the golden thread running through all subjects and through our whole school, embracing pupil's unique talents and strengths.
Our creative curriculum motivates, challenges and excites all of the pupils at our school. Children are active learners, who engage in teamwork and problem solving to develop their knowledge and skills. Where possible, we ensure that contexts for learning are tailored to our rich local area and we use our own grounds, thus capturing the interests of our children and allowing children to learn about themselves and the wider world through investigation, research and enquiry. Our school is very fortunate to be located in a town centre setting with the Quarry Park and rich historical landmarks on our doorstep. Classes take the opportunity to regularly visit the local vicinity, which brings the curriculum to life for many children. Our Conservation Area and grounds are used widely because outdoor learning is important to us here at Coleham; many children thrive from the opportunities that the outdoors can bring when compared to a traditional classroom setting. In addition, we build in opportunities for the children to learn about current affairs, linking their learning with local, national and international matters of interest/issues. Our rich array of extra-curricular opportunities also allow children to discover their talents and interests beyond the classroom.
Our curriculum is topic based, usually with one topic per half term and the topics selected by subject leaders have been chosen because we feel that they will interest and excite the children in their learning. We aim to link subjects where possible, creating meaningful links so that contexts for learning are real, thus stimulating the children’s interests. When it is not possible to create meaningful links between subjects, topics are taught discretely. A huge focus is placed upon ensuring that all children develop the necessary co-operation skills and are able to listen to and respect the ideas and viewpoints of others. Challenge is present in all lessons and our children are taught that mistakes are good because we learn from them. Our rich curriculum, which includes the chance for all children to learn at least 2 instruments and compete in competitive sporting competitions with our PE teacher, is successfully creating lifelong learners, who leave us equipped with the necessary skills for the next stage of their education.
Keeping our children healthy both physically and mentally is really important. PE is taught for 2 hours per week to each class and many of our children take part in after school and lunchtime clubs. We aim to support learners to develop resilience, confidence, independence and we practice mindfulness on a regular basis to all children in school. We believe that to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. Therefore, sex and relationship education is taught to all children in school regularly in an age appropriate way. As part of our curriculum, we also promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school.
Our curriculum also prepares learners for life in modern Britain and the wider world, equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society and who appreciate diversity.
How to find out more information about our curriculum:
If you would like to find out more information, please click on our Curriculum Policy below. To find out more information about individual subjects, please click on the different subject headings in the left hand column. Here you will be able to find out more about the knowledge and skills that are taught in each year group for every subject area and how this progresses as a child moves through the school in each subject area. If you require further information, please contact Mrs Hilbert, our Administration Manager, who will be able to direct your query to the relevant member of teaching staff.