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 Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (launched in 2017). Good Religious Education makes a positive contribution to the learning of pupils. This agreed syllabus will enable pupils through RE to develop their knowledge and skills to prepare them for life in a modern, diverse Britain and in a plural world. It is structured so that pupils are challenged to think rigorously and creatively, to make informed judgements and to understand that it is acceptable to have doubts and to disagree in a reasoned and sensitive way. In the process they can examine and reflect upon a range of questions about spirituality and identity, morality, values and commitments.
Living in and growing up in the world of the 21st century will challenge all pupils. RE is important to help pupils to become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of society. In learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet. RE is therefore relevant to every pupil and every citizen of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Promoting social and ethnic harmony and awareness of British values is important, and RE has a significant contribution to make to this. Through their studies, visits to places of worship and meeting people from religious and belief communities, our aim is for pupils to come to an informed and empathetic understanding of different groups which will help promote cohesion and integration.
The aims of our RE curriculum
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
· describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
· identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews
· appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
· explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
· express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
· appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
· find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
· enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
· articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
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. Our whole-school theme for each half term are as follows:
Fictional books, such as picture books, are often used to help make the issues being covered more accessible and less abstract for the children.