Our Curriculum Intention
Our Curriculum Journey
Over the last few years, the curriculum at Colmers Farm has been significantly developed. We also have some exciting developments ahead. Click on the image below to read about our journey. (This may take a a short while to download.)
Enjoy having a look at our innovative curriculum!
The documents below show the 'Big Ideas' for each learning unit and what will be covered within this. British Values are also incorporated into our planning along with a 'Wow' starter to engage children.
Diversity Within Our Topic Curriculum
At Colmers Farm Primary School, we strongly believe in the importance of preparing our children to thrive in the multi-cultural country and world we like in. We have therefore designed our curriculum to be inclusive and to celebrate the amazing diversity our city, this country and the world has to offer. Our curriculum is designed to promote a tolerance, respect and acceptance of the characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation) and to challenge stereotypes. This is achieved through discrete teaching and through incidental learning.
The document below is used by the teachers at our school to identify, teach, discuss (including changes in attitudes over time), make links with, challenge stereotypes and celebrate elements of diversity within our school’s topic lessons (history and geography elements) within KS2.
Our Subject Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements
The document below outlines what our aim is for each subject of our curriculum at Colmers Farm, how we teach the subject and what the impact of it will be.
Our Topic Knowledge Organisers
Our Topic Curriculum Subject Road Maps
Design and Technology Road Map
Personal Development (PD) Health and Well Being Road Map
In Reception, at Colmers Farm Primary, we plan our topics around the children’s interests. We look at their experiences and learning needs, as well as responding to upcoming seasonal events. We use Tapestry to regularly observe and assess the children, which we then use to ensure that future planning meets the identified needs of our cohort but also engages them in learning through their interests. These assessments/achievements are also shared with parents using this.
We follow the EYFS curriculum. In 2020/2021 we were early adopters of the new EYFS curriculum. Children learn through child-initiated play and adult directed activities throughout the unit. We believe that children should have the opportunity to work both indoors and outdoors, therefore at Colmers Farm we have a well-equipped outdoor learning area and three members of our EYFS staff are forest school leaders.
Our unit is carefully planned, with both the indoor and outdoor areas providing opportunities for accessing all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum. We also have discrete lessons for maths, English and phonics. We create medium term plans for each half term to ensure coverage of objectives and development of skills across the curriculum. We have daily assemblies to promote British Values and SMSC whilst developing children’s oracy skills.
Throughout EYFS and KS1, Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc. Programme.
The programme follows a clear structure so that every day, children are learning about the sounds letters make, how to read (blending and segmenting words), spelling patterns, reading fluency and comprehension. Children are grouped and taught at the right pace and level for them.
This programme prepares the children for their phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. We continue to teach in this way until teachers decide their children are ready to move on to a more detailed reading approach (during Year 2).
Reading is a fundamental skill for our children. The curriculum is designed to enable children to develop their reading skills. All lessons across the curriculum should incorporate elements of reading. Teachers plan their English lessons based upon high quality challenging texts and novels, many of which link to the topics the children are studying.
Whole class reading sessions are introduced at the end of Year 2 (when children are ready for these) and continue in Years 3 to 6. This allows children to continue to develop their reading skills and exposes them to increasingly complex extracts and complete texts. The structure of our week's reading lessons can be viewed by clicking on the image below.
At Colmers Farm we expose children to the 5 plagues of a reader as outlined Doug Lemov's book 'Reading Reconsidered'. Click on the image below to find out more about these.
Individual reading takes place regularly at our school, with the children who are less confident with reading receiving individual reading sessions daily. Children from Years 1-6 have access to thousands of online book through MyON. These link with the Accelerated Reader Program which is used to assess children's understanding and to ensure that children are reading books of an appropriate level. All children have access to our well stocked school library. This allows them the freedom to make text choices related to their own interests.
Mathematics is one of the most important skills our children learn. Lessons are structured around the concrete – pictorial –abstract approach, providing opportunities throughout for discussion, using mathematical vocabulary, developing mathematical thinking and using multiple representations. There should be opportunities to record independently in every lesson (in workbooks and/or journals).
The teaching is episodic and whole class based, with all children being exposed to the same learning. Catch up sessions are led by teachers before the next lesson to ensure any misconceptions are addressed before moving onto the next small step in learning. Fact fluency sessions are led by trained teaching assistants at least twice a week in order to develop fluency with number facts and multiplication tables.
In Years 1 to 5, every child is provided with a Maths No Problem workbook and journal. These workbooks have been designed to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum, which supports the teaching for mastery approach. Teachers have access to the online planning resource which provides guidance on the structure of the lesson and representations to use.
In Year 6, children follow the aims of the National Curriculum, which builds on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Independent tasks are selected and real-life contexts are used to apply their learning. Along with fact fluency sessions, arithmetic is focused on weekly where children explore efficient methods.
At home, children are encouraged to use Mathletics to consolidate learning taught in school. Teachers set weekly tasks for children to complete and these are monitored by the Maths Lead. Each week, our class Mathletics winners are awarded trophies for their completion of tasks in Year 2, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact school directly or arrange a tour and see the curriculum in action!