Our Coxhoe Curriculum
We have recently reviewed our Curriculum offer. We are working together with pupils, staff and parents to create a curriculum that not only meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, but is also bespoke to the needs of our children. In addition to the National Curriculum requirements, staff and governors believe that there are specific knowledge and skills that are also important to prepare our children for the ever-changing world in which we live. We are currently gathering the views of all of our team, children, parents, staff and governors, to identify these priorities that will enrich our curriculum further.
Our curriculum overviews for each key stage are shown below. If you wish to know more about our curriculum, please speak to your child's teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
In the EYFS, our children follow a knowledge and skills based curriculum which is supported by exciting topics that link to their interests. The EY staff work collaboratively to plan and deliver a broad, bespoke and enriching curriculum both indoors and outdoors. Please follow the link below to see some of the possible topics that our children may cover throughout their time in the Reception year.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 we follow a two year cycle..
In 2020/2021, we are currently following Cycle A. Please find our long term plans below.
To ensure that all children are equally valued, we strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards across all areas of our curriculum.
We believe that, through considered, creative planning and teaching, all children will have access to a broad enriching curriculum.
In Reception and Year 1, our children follow elements of the Read Write Inc phonics programme which teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. For more information, visit the Read Write Inc. website: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/programmes/phonics/
To develop confident mathematicians at Coxhoe Primary School, Maths is taught daily across school with opportunities to become fluent, solve problems and reason mathematically. We also have additional fluency sessions each day. Please find the 2020 adapted long term plan below.
To develop confident scientists at Coxhoe Primary School, we focus on developing our investigation skills as well as our knowledge of the world around us. Science is taught weekly across the school and we take full advantage of learning from our local environment. Every school year we build on the previous year's knowledge and skills to become scientific thinkers.
To develop confident historians at Coxhoe Primary School, a discrete history lesson is taught for one hour a week or two hours every two weeks. These lessons will study an aspect of history chosen from the key stage long term plan. Special events are also celebrated together throughout school.
To develop confident artists at Coxhoe Primary School, Art is taught weekly across school, usually within a carousel with opportunities to explore, design and practise a range of art skills. We also have additional art drop down days every term.
To develop confident sports people at Coxhoe Primary School, weekly lessons are taught on designated PE afternoons. As part of their lessons, children will take part in a carousel of activities designed to develop physical fitness as well as learn and apply key skills to game-based situations.
To develop confident theologist at Coxhoe Primary School, a discrete RE lesson is taught for 1 hour every week. We have adopted the Durham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020. The syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
To develop confident, healthy, happy young people at Coxhoe Primary School, we teach a weekly, half hour PSHE lesson to all children or a one hour lesson biweekly. We also respond to the children's needs individually and as classes with responsive teaching, assemblies and discussion times throughout the week.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, children read books from a reading scheme linked closely to the phonics programme.
In Key Stage 2, we use Accelerated Reader to promote a love of reading as well as ensuring children develop strong comprehension skills using a structured and rewarding approach.
To develop confident writers, readers and speakers at Coxhoe Primary School, English is taught daily across school. We promote reading and writing in all English lessons but also across other areas of the curriculum. Writing is taught through age-appropriate texts, varied curriculum topics or real life situations and current affairs. Children have opportunities to undertake guided, shared, peer and independent reading throughout school. They are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.
At Coxhoe Primary School we encourage creative planning bespoke to the needs of our children. Therefore, our teachers decide on the genres of writing taught. Grammar, vocabulary and spelling are taught weekly along side these. Please find the 2020 English overview below:
To develop confident computer users at Coxhoe Primary School, weekly lessons are be taught with an additional drop down day every term. Responsive teaching is also be delivered in response to any online safety challenges.
To develop confident geographers at Coxhoe Primary School a discrete geography lesson is taught for one hour a week or two hours every two weeks. Each term will focus on a different aspect of Geography, continuously developing geographical skills and fieldwork.
To develop confident designers at Coxhoe Primary School, a design project is carried out each term. This may be over a series of lessons or as part of a drop-down day. New skills are taught each term to help the children improve their designing ability.
To develop confident musicians at Coxhoe Primary School, music is taught weekly across school. Through this, the children have many opportunities including listening to a wide range of music, composing and performing. Children also have opportunity to take part in musical events to mark events throughout the year.
To develop confident linguists at Coxhoe Primary School we strive to provide children with a range of linguistic and cultural experiences. Our main chosen language is French which is taught throughout Key Stage 2. We aim to create confident speakers, readers and writers through high quality teaching and learning as well as developing a passion for languages.