“Learning for everyone, learning from everyone.”
Our broad, rich curriculum at Coten End promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning. It is coherently planned and sequenced in order to cumulatively build knowledge and skills throughout the school, providing opportunities for academic, artistic, technical and sporting excellence. Our curriculum has been carefully structured to promote remembering and long-term learning, making links between subjects and themes and reinforcing key concepts and vocabulary. It has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety, developing their resilience, confidence and independence and helping them to know how to keep physically and mentally healthy. Teachers use a range of assessment strategies to identify gaps and tailor the curriculum to ensure that every child is engaged, inspired and challenged. We aim for children to leave our school equipped to be responsible, respectful, tolerant, active citizens who contribute positively to society and have a clear understanding of fundamental British values. The curriculum we have constructed at Coten End is ambitious and has been designed to empower all learners with the knowledge and cultural capital they are entitled to and need in order to succeed in life.
The curriculum comprises:
- The formal curriculum defined by the statutory orders of the National Curriculum and the EYFS Curriculum.
- The Religious Education Curriculum in accordance with the Warwickshire agreed syllabus (SACRE).
- The additional curricular provision of PSHE, taught weekly in all year groups, including:
- Statutory Relationships and Sex Education
- Protective Behaviours (taught through use of ‘The Taking Care Project’)
- Swimming lessons for all KS2 classes.
- A Modern Foreign Language (predominantly French, though also covering Spanish and German) taught weekly in all Key Stage 2 classes by a specialist teacher.
- A wide range of extra-curricular activities, which are undertaken by school staff or outside providers, outside of curriculum hours.
We implement our vision and curriculum intent in the following ways:
- Creative, immersive, half-termly learning themes in order to make learning meaningful and enjoyable.
- A supportive and nurturing environment encouraging pupil achievement.
- A broad and balanced curriculum covering all subjects.
- Strong, supportive, ambitious senior leadership, including governance.
- Strong leadership for each subject area within the curriculum.
- Clear progressive skills forming the foundation of the delivery and assessment of each subject.
- The teaching of phonics and reading is a high priority throughout the school.
- Questioning and regular “low-stakes” quizzes (retrieval practice) used to promote long-term learning.
- Use of Knowledge Organisers to support learning.
- High-quality teaching through passion, praise, subject knowledge and enthusiasm.
- A commitment to constantly improving our practice.
- High-quality and appropriate resources to support teaching and learning.
- Use of a range of high-quality texts to enrich learning and promote a love of reading.
- High-quality teaching and provision for the safe use of technology to support learning.
- Specialist teaching in Modern Foreign Languages and Music.
- Using cross-curricular links and opportunities to ensure pupils can transfer and apply the skills they develop.
- Outstanding pastoral support to nurture and develop pupils.
- High quality PSHE teaching and personal development opportunities.
- A range of after school clubs, school trips and visitors to enrich the curriculum.
- Half-termly theme days to bring learning to life.
- Suitable-differentiated tasks to ensure all children can access the curriculum content.
- High participation rates in sporting activities and competitions.
- Maximising opportunities for outdoor learning.
- Pupil and parent voice is encouraged, respected and informs the constantly improving provision.
- Class visits – eg: Mary Arden's Farm, The Space Centre, Cross Hands Quarry, The Sea Life Centre.
- Residential visit – Y6 children visit Arete Outdoor Centre in North Wales, to take part in a range of outdoor adventurous activities.
- Visitors to school – eg: parents who share their skills and work experiences, religious leaders, drama groups, dance specialists, musicians.
- Workshops delivered by specialists – eg: sculpture, music, history experience days.
- Competitions – eg: sporting, French, artistic, inter-House competitions, end of year Talent Show.
- Themed Weeks/Days – eg: Sports Week, Local History Week, French Day, Careers Fair, Well-Being Week.
- Class Assemblies – children present their learning to parents and carers.
- Come and Learn/Share – parents and grandparents work alongside their children in school three times each week, focusing on Reading, Writing and Maths skills.
- Performance opportunities – eg: pantomime, Christmas performances, musical concerts, visiting Shakespeare company, French performance, choir/dance performances in the community.
Children are encouraged to take on additional roles of responsibility in school:
- House Captains (Y2, Y4 and Y6)
- School Council (Y1-Y6)
- Executive Committee (Y6)
- Classroom Monitors (YR-Y6)
- Play Leaders (Y6)
- Reading Buddies (Y5)
- Singing Playground Leaders (Y5)
- Science Ambassadors (Y1-Y6)
- Eco-Committee (Y1-Y6)
- Charity Committee (Y1-Y6)
- Pupils are happy at school and feel safe, nurtured and cared for. They are proud of the school and demonstrate the four Golden Rules.
- Staff are proud of our school and all that we achieve together as a team.
- Pupil outcomes at the end of Foundation Stage, the end of Key Stage 1 and within Key Stage 2 SATs are consistently above the national average.
- Children's books demonstrate a range of high-quality work and excellent productivity in all subject areas.
- Pupil discussions reveal that children speak enthusiastically and knowledgeably about their learning.
- Teachers monitor children's attainment in all subject areas in order to support and inform further teaching and learning.
- Behaviour and learning attitudes in school are excellent.
- Rates of participation in after school clubs, sporting events and other extra-curricular activities are high.
- Pupils and staff use our school values and curriculum intent to reflect upon their own achievements and development.
- Children leave Coten End ready for the challenges of secondary school and beyond.