The National Curriculum
At Coldfair Green we follow the National Curriculum as laid down in 2014. We teach Literacy and Mathematics in the mornings and the remainder of the curriculum is taught through a themed curriculum, including all of the foundation subjects. Science is taught discretely in single year groups. The themes have been discussed with the children through the School Council and tailored carefully to ensure the statutory curriculum content is covered in an interesting and engaging way and through topics that the children stated they wanted to learn about. We aim to make all learning irresistible!
Long Term Curriculum Plan 2015 – 2019
Curriculum Plan 2015-2016 (KS1)
Curriculum Plan 2015-2016 (KS2)
Curriculum Plan 2016-2017 (KS1)
Curriculum Plan 2016-2017 (KS2)
Curriculum Plan 2017-2018 (KS1)
Curriculum Plan 2017-2018 (KS2)
English is taught within the framework of the National Curriculum.
Speaking & Listening
The quality of a child’s speaking and listening is fundamental to his/her ability to communicate effectively. This not only enhances self-confidence, but helps the child to explain, generalise, analyse and draw conclusions. This is a very important part of the English curriculum.
The school has a large selection of reading material that is used in conjunction with work on phonics (letter sounds), word recognition and other sub-skills to teach reading. In the early stages children are encouraged to share story and picture books with parents, alongside structured reading schemes.
Reading and work relevant to its many sub-skills is undertaken every day during literacy. Children learning to read are encouraged to take their reading book or work home daily. This is monitored by a home/school reading diary, in which parents and adults in school write comments.
From starting with copy writing and writing co-operatively with the teacher, we aim for children to be writing independently in many forms by the time they leave. Creative writing of stories and poems, reporting, description, letter writing, diaries, summarising, note-making etc. are some of the forms taught in conjunction with structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation and presentation. Writing is taught every day during literacy and skills are reinforced in cross-curricular work.
Children start to join their handwriting in Year 2 and progress to using a pen (not biro) when they are consistently forming joined letters. By the time they leave children should be able to write competently in a joined style.
History and Geography
The areas of study in history and the content of the geography curriculum are very wide-ranging. As well as learning some factual content from British and World history, children will be taught to look for, interpret and analyse evidence. In geography children will study their local area and a contrasting area, as well as learning skills like map work.
Visits to museums, places of interest and drama are important aspects of teaching history and geography.
Arrangements for the act of collective worship and for religious education are made by the school in accordance with the Education Acts and the Suffolk Syllabus. They are non-denominational but basically Christian in principle. Children also learn about other world religions. Parents may withdraw their children from R.E. and arrangements for worship. It would be helpful if such requests were made to the headteacher in writing.
Pupils learn about themselves as individuals and as members of a community, building on their own experiences for personal, social and emotional development. They learn rules and skills for keeping themselves safe, healthy and for behaving well. They learn to develop independence, responsibility and self-confidence, learning important social skills like sharing, taking turns, playing, helping others, resolving simple arguments and resisting bullying. Citizenship and promoting British values also form an integral part of our curriculum. P.S.H.E.is enhanced by awareness days and visits such as: the Childline team, E-Safety team and Anti-bullying day.
Mathematics is taught through the National Curriculum. There are daily maths lessons where an emphasis on mental arithmetic and reasoning are important components. In becoming numerate, children learn to use different strategies to solve problems. The school adheres to the pyramid calculation policy so that there is a consistency of approach across all the local schools.
Drama plays an important part of life at our school. Annual performances, including the Midsummer Festival, Christmas Nativity, Harvest Festival and drama productions, enable the whole school to participate as a unit reciting poetry, choral speech or enacting plays. The older children are usually extremely successful at the annual Suffolk Festival of Speech and Drama.
All children take part in P.E. every week unless they are unable to do so for medical reasons. P.E. is concerned with the development of skilful body management in learning gymnastics, basic game skills, dance and movement. All pupils will have at least one six week block of swimming sessions every year (Year 1—Year 6).
The school encourages cycling by facilitating the Bikeability course to all Year 5 pupils.
All children experience music making, singing, listening to and composing music. Private lessons using school violins and brass instruments are available. The school runs a very successful choir that has performed in several different venues.
We experience art as a way to stimulate creativity and imagination. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, think and feel. They explore the work of different artists and whenever possible, we invite artists to work with the children in school.
Children have the opportunity to design, make and test simple models and constructions using a range of materials. They practise ‘making’ skills, use construction kits and learn simple food preparation. Each year a design enterprise day is held to make products for the Christmas Fair.
A high proportion of our lessons include using computers and digital technology. We extend children’s learning and school communication through interactive activities. The new curriculum content for Computing includes programs such as Scratch.
Sex and Relationships Education
We teach SRE to our Year 5 and Year 6 children following Suffolk guidelines. Parents are given the opportunity to withdraw their children from these sessions. A general policy statement, agreed by governors and teachers, is available.
Modern Foreign Languages
Coldfair Green School teaches French as part of the National Curriculum in Key Stage 2. The children learn songs, games, simple vocabulary and conversational responses in French using interactive resources