What You Need To Know About Our Curriculum Intent
The Curriculum at Coates Way School
At Coates Way School we believe that teaching and learning should be relevant to the children in our care and should not only meet the needs of the National Curriculum 2014 but should also be exciting and enjoyable. A focus on pupils’ well-being is at the heart of the school in order to raise achievement and improve outcomes for all children. We encourage resilience, independence, risk-taking and inclusivity. Creative thinking and problem solving are vital parts of our ongoing school improvement. The significance of the curriculum and the way it is taught is therefore crucial to the development of the child as a learner. We strive to ensure that the curriculum challenges, engages, enriches and motivates, developing in each child curiosity and excitement of the world in which they live.
We implement a cross-curricular approach where our core subjects are enriched by art, design and technology, music, singing, poetry, drama and outings. These are all regular activities which we value and incorporate as part of our curriculum. Such activities, which stretch beyond the classroom, can open up a new world for our children enhancing their cultural capital. We value our school as a place of inspiration and intellectual adventure; a place which creates opportunities for children’s talents and abilities to flourish. We want to develop young people that have the skills and knowledge to be successful in navigating the world around them. We want them to grow into interesting and interested young citizens who care about the world and the people in it. At every turn, we encourage our pupils to look beyond themselves and our school. We believe we’re an integral part of our local community and are open to share our resources, time and skills with other schools and organisations.
Our curriculum is organised into a series of topics spread over the year which act as a springboard enabling children to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to reach the outcomes intended for each Key Stage. Our curriculum is based around the acquisition of skills and knowledge through a series of learning challenges tailored to the individual interests of each class. There is depth, breadth and balance across the curriculum. We are constantly in the process of personalising our curriculum and developing it to meet the needs of our learners and the Coates Way community. Our curriculum is planned to allow for opportunities to revisit and embed previously taught knowledge and skills and apply these independently in other contexts, developing mastery. Provision is made for a range of activities and opportunities to enrich the lives of young people, families and the wider community- with visits, visitors, ‘wow events’ and the use of the outdoors.
Early Years ~ Nursery and Reception
The Early Years Curriculum is a flexible balance between child initiated learning and adult led initiatives. Children’s interests and enthusiasm determine our teaching and provision. Both classes follow the statutory Early Years (EYFS) framework. It consists of 3 prime areas – Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, and 4 specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts & Design.
Key Stage 1 ~ Years 1 & 2
KS1 follow the National Curriculum but we have chosen to follow a style of teaching and learning called Continuous Provision. This is where carefully planned resources are placed within areas of learning for children to apply and consolidate their knowledge independently. Children are taught how to use and look after these resources, and it is planned around the children’s needs which evolve as the year goes on. It is a careful balance between direct teaching and child-led learning, supported by the adults in the classroom. With the exception of English, maths, Religious Education and P.E., our delivery of National Curriculum subjects is based around the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding.
English and maths are taught using mixed ability groups in each class and where necessary children have access to a variety of scaffolding and interventions to support their learning and mental well-being. Letters and Sounds is taught in classes across KS1 and EYFS. We use Letters and Sounds for phonics supplemented with Jolly Phonics in the EYFS.
Key Stage 2 ~ Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
KS2 also follow the National Curriculum. Again with the exception of English, maths, Religious Education and P.E., our delivery of National Curriculum subjects is based around the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding.
English and maths are taught using mixed ability groups in each class and where necessary children have access to a variety of scaffolding and interventions to support their learning and mental well-being.
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural learning, PSHE and Citizenship incorporate materials from the Jigsaw scheme of work. Jigsaw is an integrated scheme of learning, for Personal, Social, Health Education, with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health, and SMSC development. Jigsaw equips teachers with detailed lesson plans and all resources required to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE incorporating a whole-school approach.
Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective PSHE scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.