School Information – Curriculum

New Curriculum 2014     (PRIMARY_National_Curriculum)

The government has set a new curriculum to be followed by all state schools. It is divided into sections for KS1 (Yr1/2), lower KS2 ( Yr3/4) and upper KS2 (Yr5/6).

In each of these key stages there are expectations of the key skills and knowledge to be acquired, including such things as specific times tables and spellings.

An overview of the curriculum is available here on our website. Each class teacher has written a newsletter giving more details about what children in each year group will be studying each term, which can viewed on the class pages of the website.

Meetings are also being held by class teachers so that any further questions can be answered. If parents are unable to attend a meeting, they may make an appointment to see their child’s teacher when needed.

The New National Curriculum- Parent Guide

Year Group curriculum details can be found in termly class newsletters on class web pages.

Organisation

Foundation Stage        Ages 3 -5          Nursery and Reception            Early Years Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1                 Ages 5 -7          Years 1 and 2

Key Stage 2                 Ages 7 -11        Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Foundation Stage

Seven areas of learning

The prime areas of learning are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas.  They are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development (making relationships, self confidence, self awareness, managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Communication and language (listening and attention, understanding and speaking)
  • Physical development (moving and handling, health and self care)

The specific areas of learning include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.  They are:

  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (numbers, shapes, space and measure)
  • Understanding the world (people and communities, the world and technology)
  • Expressive art and design (exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative)

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two – National Curriculum

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design and technology
  • Computing (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • French (KS2)

Colney Heath also teaches religious education, though parents have the right to withdraw children for all or part of the religious education curriculum. In addition, schools are advised to teach personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship.

The school teaches French from Year 3 as its chosen modern foreign language.

The Curriculum

Colney Heath School has a systemic process for planning and organising the curriculum. It is a process which manages the curriculum through subjects but allows flexibility in its delivery. The broad, balanced topic approach continues to be used with discreet subject teaching in certain subjects, e.g. Mathematics, English and Science. Our emphasis is on skills based progression in all areas of the curriculum.

Our curriculum design is structured to provide continuity of learning within and across both key stages. Careful planning ensures that each topic or unit of work recognises and builds on the learning that has gone before.

Early Years Education (Nursery and Reception)

The Early Years Foundation stage statutory framework sets out standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five. It requires early year’s practitioners to assess each child in the academic year that he/she reaches the age of five.

Seven areas of learning

The revised EYFS framework focuses not only on what children learn but how they learn.  There is also a greater emphasis on parents as partners by involving them as much as possible in their child’s learning and development.

Each child is assigned a key person whose role is to ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs.  This is achieved through the process of observation, assessment and planning.

Children develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them.  This is unique to each family and reflects individual communities and cultures.  The unique child reaches out to relate to people and things through the characteristics of effective learning, which are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.

National Curriculum (Year 1 to Year 6)

This is sub-divided into:

Core subjects Foundation subjects Cross Curricular Issues
English, mathematics, science, information technology, religious education (Parents may request children’s withdrawal from RE in which case alternative curriculum-based activities will be provided.) History, geography, design and technology, music, art, physical education, french e.g. Sex education, health education, citizenship

We use a variety of teaching styles which include whole class, group and individual teaching as appropriate. Children are grouped within classes according to their ability in certain areas of the curriculum.

Phonics

Phonics is taught throughout the school.  We use the Letters and Sounds approach which is introduced when the children join us in Nursery.  Parents have the opportunity to attend information sessions to help them support their children at home.  The school also has a Phonic Games Lending Library.

Sex Education

Where sex education arises naturally in our curriculum activities, the subject is handled in a factual and yet sympathetic manner.  Puberty and personal relationship education starts from Year 5. We would seek your permission for the children prior to these sessions and ask that you put in writing if you wish to withdraw your child from these sessions.

British values

Democracy, individual liberty, rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance will be promoted through all aspects of the curriculum and daily life of the school.

Music

Music is taught within each class setting.  In Year 3 every child has weekly violin lessons which introduces them to the skills needed to learn a musical instrument.  Paid lessons are offered for children from Reception who want to  learn the violin.  Flute, violin and guitar lessons are also offered for children from Year 3 onwards.

COLNEY HEATH General Information Booklet