Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world! (Nelson Mandela)
Whole School Curriculum
At Coombe Road Primary School we have developed the curriculum to cover the range of skills and knowledge contained within the new National Curriculum which came into use in September 2014. Parents looking at our topic webs will see at which points in the school their children will be meeting the skills, knowledge and experiences which are contained in the new curriculum for each year group.
A parent/carer guide can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This document highlights the major focus for each year group.
Over all our curriculum, we aim to enhance the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our children, both in discrete teaching, through other subject areas and by our school’s own personality and culture, through discussions, assemblies etc.
We want our children:
- to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, to inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
- to have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
- to use imagination and creativity in their learning.
- to be willing to reflect on their experiences.
- to have the ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- to understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
- to show interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and to be able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
- use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
- to show willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
- to show acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
- to show understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
- to show understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
- to have knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
- to show willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
- to show interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
ART & DESIGN:
At Coombe Road we encourage our pupils to ‘make their mark’; through skills based teaching, nurturing and encouraging the development of individual styles and by widening their experience of art in the local community and wider world.
We engage, inspire and challenge our pupils with a curriculum that is built into topic based learning. Whilst also teaching skills to experiment, invent and create, we encourage pupils to critically evaluate, analyse and form their own opinions of art.
In KS1, pupils develop art & design skills and through KS2 they improve and master these skills.
At both key stages our pupils learn about artists, architects and designers throughout history. They are studied as a source of inspiration and their techniques replicated. We also look at how art contributes to our social and emotional development.
Our curriculum is further enhanced through art days, pupil exhibitions and projects in the local community.
Ms K Folley, Art & Design Lead
The new curriculum’s "Computing’" strand now has a greater emphasis on computational thinking and creativity.
At Coombe Road, we provide pupils with a wide range of computing experiences, including learning how to code, which will support them in becoming confident digital practitioners with the ability to be resilient, reason logically and work collaboratively to problem solve.
We have built on existing Early Years practice to develop a range of code experiences right through KS2. These include programming languages like Scratch and HTML which allow children to design and create games or control robots and equipment; and build websites, respectively.
We believe it is of utmost importance to teach pupils to be responsible for their own safety when using the Internet and other technologies. With this in mind, we include an e-safety module in every year group.
We have a well maintained broadband connection and a good wireless network. Every class has an interactive whiteboard/screen, a visualiser and digital cameras with video capabilities. Every child has at least one session in the Computing suite per week, including regular access to two of our laptop cabinets.
We are continually looking at how to develop our current technologies at Coombe Road in order to prepare our pupils for the world of technology that awaits them.
Mrs M Allen, Computing Lead
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY:
Design and Technology is an exciting, practical and deeply creative subject. Children are taught to design solutions to real problems and use cross-curricular subject knowledge such as mathematics, science and computing. Children are taught to plan, design and make a range of objects throughout their school career. These include a Victorian mobile pier, a circus pop-up box and an ancient Egyptian shaduf. Through engaging with design and technology, children develop a deep understanding of design in society, appropriate material use and are taught to take risks and innovate.
At Coombe Road, our English curriculum includes the teaching of speaking & listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. From their earliest experience at our school through to the end of Year 6, the children are exposed to a wide variety of first-hand experiences and a broad range of text types to engage, inspire and stimulate their imaginations. We believe that these rich experiences provide children with opportunities to develop their language skills and give them "...stuff to write about!"
These experiences can take a multitude of forms, some of which are; an educational visit or visitor, a Stunning Start (usually in fancy dress!), a problem to solve, drama-based activities e.g. role-play or interviewing a book character, or practical activities e.g. cooking to support writing instructions.
As part of our daily timetable, we teach separate English, Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling sessions. We also plan daily Reading Basket sessions that include guided and individual reading opportunities, reading comprehension and computer-based activities.
Across the school, we endeavour to make links between our English teaching and the wider topic-based curriculum. For example, writing diary entries as Samuel Pepys during the Great Fire of London, or researching and debating current affairs to encourage the use of persuasive language. Alongside discrete English teaching, children are given every opportunity throughout the school day to practise and embed their Literacy skills. For instance, writing and delivering a speech for the House Captain nominations or reading Remembrance Day poetry during a whole-school assembly.
The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that teaching the English language is an essential, if not the most essential, role of a Primary school. At Coombe Road, English teaching is a priority and we recognise that this is essentially cross-curricular and a constant through-out school life and beyond.
Mrs J Austin & Mr R Milsted (English Leads)
French is currently taught to pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 by class teachers. They learn simple words and phrases, often linked to their topic to provide a significant context for their language learning. They learn to describe themselves and their families. French is taught through song, games, stories and role-play making the learning as fun and interactive as possible in order to engage and motivate all learners. They learn conversational language and learn simple phrases to describe themselves and their families.
Miss E Frame, MFL Lead
(EAL Coordinator is Ms M Reeves)
At Coombe Road we strive to provide our children with high-quality geography education that will inspire them and encourage a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Through geographical enquiry, the children will learn about both human and physical features that make up their local area and surrounding settings. Our creative curriculum enables children to have the opportunity to explore different cultures, environments, people and landscapes whilst reflecting and evaluating their diversity.
We are constantly working to raise children’s awareness of their roles and responsibilities in relation to their environment through the practises laid out by our Eco Council. In doing this we make cross curricular links to support a creative and practical learning experience.
Ms P Hardman & Mrs A Williams, Geography/History Leads
History is taught through our creative and exciting topics allowing for a deeper understanding and cross curricular links to be made. Children enjoy the stimulating and engaging lessons which are enriched by visits, visitors and historical artefacts. Children are then able to develop their historical thinking skills through critical and reflective investigation.
Ms P Hardman & Mrs A Williams, Geography/History Leads
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory framework we teach to all children in Reception.
Mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) utilises both indoor and outdoor areas of learning to provide mathematical experiences. These are support by focused teaching of appropriate concepts. Children's progress is observed and assessed in an on-going record.
We teach the Primary National Curriculum for mathematics for children in Years 1 to 6. Children are taught in their class by their teacher. Some children may work with other teachers or teaching assistants on specialised programmes to support their learning further.
Children are taught to use concrete resources e.g. counters, bead strings, Dienes Base-10, number lines, Numicon, Cuisenaire to develop and enhance their learning of each mathematical concept. We believe that this enactive (action-based) approach is essential before moving onto iconic representations (image based) and finally symbolic (abstract), whereby children record their mathematics using symbols such as =, +, x. Once learned, children move between these stages with ease.
We provide rich mathematical learning tasks, often involving project-based or problems linked to the current topic, in a language rich environment. These real contexts help children to apply their mathematical skills whilst developing their problem-solving and reasoning skills. We encourage children to select their own resources when solving problems.
Primary-aged children learn mathematics for approximately an hour each day with their class in a combination of mixed-ability and ability groupings depending on their needs and the concepts being learned. On-going daily assessments by staff and children combined with end of unit and end of term tests ensure that children who require further support or challenge are identified.
Coombe Road Primary School is an "Every Child Counts" school. We have accredited Teaching Assistants who deliver the 1stClass@Number, 1stClass@Number2, Success@Arithmetic, and Talk4Number programmes to small groups in both Key Stages.
Ms M Reeves, Maths Lead
At Coombe Road music is about participating in a creative, fun and inclusive curriculum. Children are encouraged and motivated to participate, discover and develop a wide range of musical techniques.
To enhance the musical experience, visiting musicians such as Soundmakers, offer the children a chance to experience and play a wide range of instruments and through the Brighton and Hove Music Service, there is a range of lessons available, including violin and guitar.
Miss E Frame, Music Lead
Through our PSHE curriculum we aim to enable pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves safe, mentally & physically healthy and prepared for life as happy and responsible global citizens.
Our curriculum is built on the guidance from Brighton & Hove Agreed Syllabus but is adapted so we can respond to and meet the needs of our pupils. We aim to nurture the emotional health of our pupils whilst also involving children in school citizenship.
Circle Time is integral to our curriculum. This is a whole school approach where we aim to improve social skills, foster positive relationships, encourage positive behaviour and develop a caring and respectful school environment.
Our Overview can be found here.
Mrs J Allen, PSHE/SMSC/RSE/RE Lead
At Coombe Road we use a comprehensive scheme of work based on the Brighton and Hove Agreed Syllabus. This gives our children opportunities to:
- develop their knowledge and understanding of the nature of religious beliefs and practices and the importance of these in the lives of believers
- explore those aspects of human experiences which give rise to spiritual awareness and fundamental issues about beliefs and values.
When at all possible RE is taught in a topic based way but when it is taught discreetly it is very much in the context of our core school values. RE is always taught in the context of valuing, respecting and celebrating all faith groups.
Our Overview for RE can be found below.
Mrs J Allen, PSHE/SMSC/RSE/RE Lead
Our aim in science is to foster and develop a sense of awe and wonder in the world around us. Children are exposed to a variety of practical experiences, where they learn to investigate for themselves. Our teaching aims to elicit children’s prior knowledge, challenging misconceptions and building a new, deeper understanding. Children are afforded the opportunity to use a range of enquiry based and investigative skills, such as: observation and prediction, fair testing, pattern seeking and research. Children are then taught to draw conclusions from their findings.
Ms J Watson, Science Lead