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About our Curriculum

Like all state-funded primary schools, we follow the national curriculum, ensuring that we are meeting or exceeding national standards wherever possible.

This isn’t just about reading, writing and maths – it includes a wide range of subjects, and knowing about what your child is studying at school can help you support their learning at home.

Each school has a Teaching & Learning Lead who oversees the curriculum and the subject leaders. The T&L Leads across the Federation work together to ensure consistency of provision and the sharing of ideas. At Colvestone please talk to Anna Lucey.

The compulsory subjects under the National Curriculum are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design & Technology
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Religious Education (RE) - although parents have the right to withdraw children from all or part of this aspect of the curriculum

These subjects form an integral role in our Creative Curriculum. Our curriculum is planned in consultation with all members of staff. A Curriculum Working Party, which consists of teaching staff and members of the senior leadership team then collate information gathered. This is then given to staff, to be used to inform planning. Teachers plan learning experiences which promote a cross curricular approach.

Every term children learn about a different theme. Currently our planning cycle is as follows:

 Planning Cycle Autumn Term Spring Term  Summer Term 
 Year A  Heritage The Elements  Transport and Travel
 Year B  Heritage The Animal Kingdom   Food

We also teach:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), which we believe is essential for children’s all-round development and self-esteem. This includes Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), Citizenship and Drugs as well as Sex & Relationships education. In addition to our dedicated PSHE lessons, children also have the opportunity to participate
  • in House Time learning experiences on a Friday. The aim of House Time is to continue to promote enrichment opportunities for the children of Colvestone. To develop children’s holistic development, with an emphasis on Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). Children engage in a range of enrichment activities in House Teams alongside other children from different Key Stages including their own siblings.
  • Spanish (as part of the extended curriculum)

Our vision of Colvestone pupils as learners

We want our pupils to:

  • Know what they have done well (how they have met the success criteria) and what they need to do next (targets)
  • Be able to self assess so they can measure their learning against the success criteria and generate their own ‘next steps’ (targets)
  • Be able to generate success criteria based on previous learning
  • Enhance their learning through dialogue – with other pupils through partner talk and group work and with adults in the class
  • Understand that their contribution to whole class teaching/discussion is as important as anyone else’s
  • Receive instant feedback through offering answers on whiteboards/flip flap cards/number fans etc
  • Understand that mistakes are to be celebrated as no learning takes place without them
  • Respond to marking in their books – correcting mistakes, up-leveling work, completing challenge questions
  • Be truly independent learners.

We use our House Time sessions on a Monday to promote all the aspects of learning.