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Curriculum Overview

Like all state-funded primary schools our curriculum is under pinned by the national curriculum and government expectation.

We work towards meeting or exceeding national standards wherever possible.

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)

Our curriculum isn’t just about reading, writing and maths. Where possible we aim to deliver our curriculum with links to other areas and the wider curriculum. Cross curricular in our way.

– 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.

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:

   Autumn Spring  Summer 
 A

This is Britain

This is Britain Overview

Exploring our country

History

Geography

Art

Living World

Exploring the natural environment

Science

Geography

PSHE

Buildings

Exploring the built environment

Design + Technology

Maths

RE

 B

People and Places

Exploring our place in the world

History

Geography

Art

Space and Aviation

Exploring our place in the solar system

Science

Maths

Design + Technology

History of Hackney

Exploring the local area

PSHE

History

Geography

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 Monday. 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)

This is Britain - Autumn Term 2022

In our Autumn term topic This is Britain, the children will learn about the formation and history of the country that they call home. They will be introduced to how the UK has been influenced by many different cultures creating the diverse nation we know today, as well as some significant individuals and formative events in its history. Additionally, children will learn about the four countries of the United Kingdom and make comparisons with some of our European neighbours.

In Year 1 and 2 the children will learn about three very different Queens: Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II before going to look at some important historical events in the life of our nation, the Battle of Hastings, the Great Fire of London, Remembrance Day and the Christmas Truce.

In Year 3 and 4 the children begin by learning about prehistoric Britain including the Stone Age and Iron Age. Later on, they will investigate Roman Britain focusing n the relationship between the native Ancient Britons and the Roman settlers.

In Year 5 and 6 the children will throw some light onto the Dark Ages, examining how Britain was settled by the Anglo Saxons everything they brought with them. A study of the Viking invasion and their struggles with the Anglo Saxons completes the picture here.

Curriculum Map