The staff, pupils, parents and Governors of Copthorne have worked together to design a balanced, rich and inspiring curriculum which specifically meets the academic, personal and social needs of our pupils whilst adhering to the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum 2014.
Our curriculum encourages all pupils to explore and celebrate diversity whilst becoming enthusiastic, independent and confident learners ready to take their place as positive British and global citizens.
English and Maths are taught both as discrete subjects daily and as an integral part of our Creative Curriculum.
The teaching of writing skills is embedded across the curriculum and is supported by the formal teaching of grammar punctuation and spelling.
The teaching of reading is supported by a number of reading schemes in school which, along with our well stocked library, provide a huge range of reading materials for our children to experience. Reading is taught throughout school as a discrete subject as well as being an integral part of English and Copthorne Curriculum lessons. Children are encouraged to read a range of challenging texts and develop a love of reading. These texts make links to learning in other areas of the curriculum. This is supported by adult led small group, differentiated guided reading sessions. These sessions provide the opportunity for the class teacher to further develop children’s independent reading skills. Children are also identified for individual support and intervention, such as daily 1 to 1 reading.
The teaching of Maths is based on the National Curriculum and is supported by our teaching of mental maths skills and our calculation policy. We aim to provide children with the ability to reason in a logical way and to apply mathematics through problem solving in real life contexts. We want to help children to see the links between maths and other subjects and deepen their understanding through investigations and applications of maths across the curriculum.
In the Copthorne Curriculum all subjects (History, Geography, Art, PE, RE, Design Technology, Science, Music, Drama and PSHCE) are taught, where appropriate, in an integrated way. By using the natural links between subjects and ideas the learning becomes real and meaningful to our children. We do not believe in contriving links but in making the most of these where they naturally exist. Science, therefore, is also taught as a stand-alone subject.
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) runs throughout our curriculum and is also taught as part of a weekly SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assembly and lesson.
In RE the children learn about 6 major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, following the agreed Bradford syllabus. This gives the children a moral understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to help them become tolerant, caring members of society
During Copthorne Curriculum lessons every opportunity is taken to use, apply and practise Maths and English skills.
In the Foundation Stage we follow the EYFS curriculum, encouraging the children to be active learners. The children are encouraged through play and exploration to develop the skills that form a strong foundation for their future learning. This is supported with the provision of a range of real life experiences through educational visits and visitors in school, Focused activities, along with carefully planned and resourced continuous provision, provide our youngest children with a range of experiences which prepare them
We teach synthetic phonics from Nursery, using the Letters and Sounds and the Phonics Bug programs.
Systematic Synthetic Phonics statement
For an overview of the curriculum for each year group please click on the ‘curriculum overview’ tab for each year group. If you would like any further information about the curriculum for your child’s year group please contact their class teacher, who will be happy to discuss it with you.