Foundation Subjects at Coten End Primary School
The most recent National Curriculum became compulsory for all maintained schools in England in September 2014. The following are the foundation subjects that we teach following the programmes of study outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum:
Our curriculum at Coten End is delivered through creative half-termly learning themes. These have been developed in line with the National Curriculum content and requirements for each Key Stage. Great emphasis is made on developing pupils’ skills across the curriculum. Through careful medium term and weekly planning, teachers ensure that the learners’ essential skills are being developed, alongside National Curriculum requirements
RE at Coten End Primary School
At Coten End, we follow the Agreed Syllabus set out by Warwickshire Local Authority and SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education). The Agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that ‘the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’. Some RE units of work link to our cross-curricular learning themes, whilst others are taught discretely or via themed weeks that coincide with key religious festivals or events.
The aims of our RE curriculum
Our religious education curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to learn about Christianity, the main world religions and other beliefs which give life value and meaning. It also encourages pupils to consider their own response to serious questions to do with life, death, God, happiness, existence itself and also their views about what is right and wrong. It aims to help our pupils to become citizens of the world who can live in harmony with each other. It is not about telling pupils what religious views they should have, but rather assists them in their personal search for meaning.
The importance of RE:
There are many reasons why RE is important. Religious education:
Provides pupils with an opportunity to consider many of life’s big questions
Helps pupils to make informed decisions about moral issues
Enables pupils to understand national and global events
Develops understanding, which is essential in order to live peacefully with others
Enables pupils to gain skills like the ability to interpret texts, evaluate different viewpoints, to think rigorously and to acquire personal characteristics like integrity, tolerance and empathy.
PSHE at Coten End Primary School
Our PSHE Curriculum at Coten End helps to promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teachers deliver lessons that are responsive to the needs of the individuals in their classes and also to current national and local affairs. Each year group delivers age-appropriate lessons which cover the following areas:
In addition to this, in the second half of Autumn Term, every year group participates in the 'Taking Care Project' which aims to improve the safety and well being of children by teaching them to keep themselves safer in a variety of situations.
Fictional books, such as picture books, are often used to help make the issues being covered more accessible and less abstract for the children.