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Curriculum Intent

At Coleridge we strive to provide a balanced and broad curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils by giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the future.

Our main focus is to ensure that we support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning so our children can be successful, resilent and responsible learners.

Our curriculum focuses heavily on diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of our school community whilst supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

At Coleridge Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

In Y1 children will start the Autumn Term focusing on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Tears Curriculum. All children during this time will be working on developing their phonics knowledge through Read, Write Inc programme and developing their fluency in reading.

We have now developed an approach to delivering the National Curriculum that is highly focused on the skills that children need to acquire to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. As a result, we focus on specific subjects during each term. This helps our children see a clear progression within the lessons and can start to make links between sessions and understand why we have sequenced lessons accordingly. All these sessions are differentiation so the more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success.

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum, including through talk assemblies and talk times in class which focus on topical events that link to British Values and SMSC curriculum.

The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are taught in classes in each year group and we focus on using mixed ability partners to help coach and support others within their learning. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Physical Education lessons are delivered by specialist coaches and all staff access weekly CPD to help develop their own practice. Subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.