From the moment pupils walk through our gates till the moment they leave our care, we consider every interaction, every experience and every learning opportunity are what make the Coltishall curriculum.
Our curriculum provides a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills that provide pupils with the tools they need to move on to their next step in education and to provide the foundations to become proactive citizens who go on to make a positive impact on their own and other people's lives.
Underpinning our curriculum are The Coltishall School Values and Learning Dispositions. Our values and dispositions were chosen through a consultation with parents and pupils. The Coltishall Offer is our commitment to provide activities outside of the National Curriculum that are enriching opportunities and experiences where pupils can thrive and demonstrate their values and learning dispositions.
Our curriculum encompasses local, national and global aspects, with a specific focus each year on a local study in both history and geography. There may be some themes that link subjects, however most subjects are taught discretely and not together in a topic. The aim of our curriculum is to provide a progression of skills and knowledge that can be built upon from year to year, such as in Year 4, pupils study the physical and human geography of Greece which provides a context for when pupils study the history Ancient Greece in Year 5.
Vocabulary provides a spine to our curriculum. Each subject has key word lists, providing progression year on year; key vocabulary is shared to pupils and parents through knowledge organisers. The organisers are provided to pupils and parents at the beginning of a block or learning in all foundation subjects, currently except for Music, RE, French and PE.
Community links are woven into the daily life of the school, the local church run weekly assemblies each half term, local conservationists help children coppice and plant trees in the local orchard, the school maintain an local parish allotment, local parents hire the hall for badminton, parents deliver presentations to pupils about their career, pupils compete in a variety of cluster sports events and parents support pupils as reading champions and our buddy groups visit and help at a community cafe once a week.
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
By the time they leave Coltishall Primary, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.
We aim to develop children’s skills and love of literacy in the important areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening so that children can express themselves clearly and precisely in spoken and written English and read with understanding, enjoyment and discrimination. We want children to develop a love of books and literature so that novels, poetry books and information books are seen as ‘natural’ companions to the children.
The standard literacy lesson consists of whole class teaching of a text (story, poem, information). Children work in ability groups on a reading, writing or speaking and listening task. Some lessons may follow a different pattern.
Knowledge of the grammatical structures of English sentences and spelling is taught in all classes. Key Stage 1 children follow a programme of synthetic phonics. Handwriting is taught from Reception onwards. Children are shown how to form individual letters correctly and, from an early age, join the letters, in a neat script.
Phonic skills are taught at Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 using guidance from the Primary National Strategy – Letters and Sounds and Support for Spelling.
Letters and Sounds is a Six-phase teaching programme aimed at securing fluent word recognition skills for reading and the learning of spelling. Throughout the programme children have lots of opportunities to apply their developing skills in interesting and engaging reading and writing activities.
Children engage in sessions from Monday to Thursday and are grouped according to ability.
Word structure and spelling continues to be taught throughout Key Stage 2.
We help children to read with a system called VIPERS - please follow the link below to see the information regarding this.
Pupils have a daily mathematics lesson, based on direct, interactive teaching.
Our teaching ensures pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, can reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems. We teach mathematics as an interconnected subject applying essential knowledge to other curriculum subjects.
Essential work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is taught together with number facts, using and applying mathematics, data-handling, probability, measurement, position and transformation. Number work is extended to explore patterns and relationships with numbers.
Year 1-6 have access to a Mathletics online programme where they can log in to math puzzles and games and gain weekly certificates.
At Coltishall Primary School, our intent is to:
Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
Foster concern about, and active care for, our environment.
Promote a healthy lifestyle.
Develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group.
Develop attitudes of curiosity, originality, cooperation, perseverance and independence in thinking.
Use different scientific enquiries to answer questions about the world around us.
Develop the accurate use of scientific vocabulary through a range of enjoyable and interesting experiences.
Enable our children to work scientifically in a range of appropriate contexts using a wide variety of materials and equipment.
In Art, children are encouraged to create images that are based on their own observations or stimulated by work in another subject such as English or topic work. As well as painting and drawing, children will be able to make models, print, make collages, explore textiles and work with clay.
Also children are introduced to the work of famous artists to see how other people have recorded their observations and feelings.
The school is keen to develop all children’s creativity. This is done through the wide range of activities taught in regular lessons. It is extended by visits to places such as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and an annual presentation by a puppet company or drama group.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
At Coltishall, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become risk-takers.
At Coltishall Primary School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The geography curriculum at Coltishall Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Coltishall Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.
In history, we develop a sense of the past. This starts by looking at children’s own families and local history. Important periods of history are studied such as the Romans in Britain, and the Tudor period.
Children are encouraged to be critical in their work and, ‘evidence’ such as old photographs, documents, and other artefacts, is used to develop children’s judgements.
Key stage 2 learn French.
In music, children develop rhythm and the skills of listening with discrimination. They will have regular singing lessons and opportunities to use percussion instruments. Children also hear a range of music and are taught something about composers to help develop their music appreciation.
Years 5 & 6 are taught the keyboard with Mr Marsden every Thursday morning.
Our school has a fantastic orchestra who meet every Thursday afternoon with Mr Marsden. Any pupil who can play an instrument is welcome along!
Key stage two children have the opportunity to learn the drums, trumpet, cornet, trombone, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, cello, violin, keyboard or guitar. These instruments are taught by peripatetic teachers – see our clubs and activities page and costings.
At Coltishall Primary School, we believe that relationship, sex and health education (RSHE) enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We are dedicated to ensuring that Coltishall Primary School is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school. Behaviour and attitude to learning is underpinned by values and learning dispositions, making these integral to the success of the whole school. RSHE is at the heart of our school ethos.
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: school councillor, junior library assistants, whole school and house team fundraising plus engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school pupils, artists, authors, community groups, representatives from the local church and wider community. We participate in, and promote national events such as Comic Relief, Anti-Bullying Week and Children in Need.
We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Coltishall Primary School and strategies that support this are our outdoor learning and Forest School provision, pastoral small group support and a pupil listening service, alongside quality teaching and learning about awareness and management of mental health through the RSHE curriculum.
Please visit the school RSHE page for more information: https://www.coltishall.norfolk.sch.uk/rshe/
Physical education is concerned with children developing control over their own bodies, increasing personal skills; and working in co-operation with and in competition against groups and teams.
The elements of P.E. are gymnastics, dance and games for all children. For children in Key stage 2 there are, additionally, athletics, outdoor activities, swimming and water safety.
Hazel and Chestnut Classes go swimming for alternate half terms. This takes place at Broadland High School where a qualified swimming instructor teaches the children in a ‘learner’ pool.
As well as games taught during P.E. lessons, opportunities are provided for the older children to take part in sporting activities.
Football & netball matches are played against teams from the local primary schools. These take place during school hours. Netball and football practice usually takes place after school, once a week, during the Autumn & Spring Terms.
The children take part in the Broadland Cluster Sports Day when individuals from the local primaries compete against each other in athletics events.
P.E. in school is taught by all members of staff who are qualified teachers, including one teacher who is a qualified Junior/Secondary School P.E. teacher.
Religious Education and Worship is given in accordance with the 1996 Education Acts and the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. There is a corporate act of worship each day. On three days the whole school meets together. Collective worship is led by the headteacher and other members of staff. The children also help by reading stories and poems and giving dramatic presentations.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from religious education and/or collective worship. Please see the Headteacher if you wish to withdraw your child. A room for quiet contemplation will be provided for children whose parents withdraw them from collective worship; discussions with parents will help decide arrangements for children withdrawn from religious education.
RSE at Coltishall
Our school prides itself on delivering effective, age-appropriate relationships and sex education (RSE) that meets the needs of all our pupils within an inclusive and supportive learning environment; using non-biased resources. RSE is taught by experienced and skilled teaching staff who are committed to preparing your child to live and learn safely in the modern world, negotiating the transition into increasing independence with the development of knowledge, values and skills to make positive, healthy and safe choices.
RSE is delivered as a spiral curriculum that enables pupils to build on their prior learning by revisiting some themes to further develop knowledge, values and skills in an age and stage-appropriate manner. As such, some themes are repeated to enable a deeper exploration of the related issues.
We can reassure you that none of the teaching materials or strategies should shock pupils. All lessons will be taught in a strictly non-judgemental and non-biased manner, to allow your child the opportunity to consider the information and develop their own values, attitudes and opinions about the topic. We would encourage you to discuss your child’s relationships and sex education with them at home.
If you would like to know more information about our programme of relationships and sex education, please feel free to come in and talk to any member of staff.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from non-statutory sex education lessons.
Please visit the school RSHE page for more information: https://www.coltishall.norfolk.sch.uk/rshe/