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Curriculum Principles

We are committed to providing quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment that stretches and develops the child as a whole and to provide an education which will develop social skills and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
Creative teaching leads to creative learning.

Tell me and I forget,

Show me and I remember,

Involve me and I understand.

Creative learning encourages a climate for young people to explore how to apply their knowledge in original ways and with purpose.

Curriculum Aims

The Curriculum has three broad aims. It should enable all young people to become:

1) Successful learners who enjoy learning make progress and achieve

2) Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

3) Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

 

For more details about our curriculum rationale and intent, as well as further details, please look at our Curriculum Policy.

Curriculum Overview

The file links below are the curriculum overview documents for each class which show a high level summary of the content of the curriculum in all subject areas:

Twinkle Class Curriculum overview

Class 1 Curriculum overview

Class 2 Curriculum overview

Class 3 Curriculum overview

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Curriculum Subject Areas

Mathematics

 

At Costock we believe all children can achieve in mathematics.

 

We teach a ‘mastery’ approach in maths for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps.

 

We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems, promoting a growth mindset and confidence to approach any problem with a positive attitude.

Mathematics Policy

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English


At Costock, we believe English to be central to the curriculum. By developing pupils’ abilities to read, write, speak and listen for a wide range of purposes, we hope that our children develop into effective learners across the curriculum. We want children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers in both school and the wider world.

English Policy

We follow the Read into Writing scheme, with a focus on high quality texts and Rising Stars scheme for spelling. Links to our rolling curriculum and reading and writing curriculum progression maps can be found below:

English Rolling Curriculum - Long Term Planning

Reading Progression Map

Writing Progression Map

We use the Little Wandle Letter and Sounds scheme. More details can be found on our phonics page.

In KS2 we also use Serial Mash for guided reading.

Science

 

At Costock C of E Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.

 

It is our intent to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst equipping them with the skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically and be Scientists.

 

We encourage children to be inquisitive and strive to foster a healthy curiosity about our universe, promoting respect for both the living and non-living.

Science Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

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Religious Education

 

In school, our intention is to help pupils to be knowledgeable about Christianity and to develop a respect and understanding of those with different beliefs, including those represented in our own school community. Children are offered opportunities to consider the response of religion to fundamental questions about the purpose of being, morality and ethical standards. They will be encouraged to adopt a reflective attitude and to develop their own ideas.

Our Religious Education curriculum progression document can be found below:

RE Policy

RE Progression

Geography

 

Geography is a valued part of the curriculum, providing a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. In Geography, pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure. Geography encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.

Geography Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

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History

 

History is all around us. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious History curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which immerses students in a range of cultures and engenders an enquiring and critical outlook on the world. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Costock Cof E Primary, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

History Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

History Curriculum Progression of Knowledge and Skills

French

 

At Costock C of E Primary School, we value languages as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a varied curriculum. We are currently teaching French to the children in KS2 and provide opportunities for Early Years and KS1 to access appropriate French vocabulary. French provides the children with the opportunities to develop skills and to be able to explore the wider world and other cultures. The French curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to communicate and understand others.

French Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

Mixed age French Progression

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Design and Technology

 

At Costock Church of England Primary School, the Design and Technology curriculum is designed to give pupils opportunities to develop skills in designing and making food products, textiles products, structures and mechanisms which at times will incorporate using electrical components. This is an ideal springboard for the development of collaborative working and encourages evaluations of the pupils' own ideas and products.

Design and Technology Policy to follow shortly.

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

Mixed age DT Progression of skills and knowledge

Art and Design

 

Art and design activities enrich children’s learning and enables them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them. There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

Art and Design Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

Art Mixed age Progression

Music

 

At Costock C of E Primary School we understand that music can inspire and motivate children, and play an important role in their personal and spiritual development. Music can also help children develop a greater appreciation of the world we live in, by understanding different cultures and societies through music.

Music itself brings people together. Any individual can observe this from walking down the street and seeing individuals performing to going to a concert or festival of a popular band. Music is a universal language one in which is shared across the world through a variety of growing formats allowing access to people from all walks of life with different religious beliefs and worldviews.

Music Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

Mixed age Music Progression

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PHSE / RSE

 

The overall aim of RSE is to foster a positive notion of lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development, including how to look after physical and mental health. It aims to support the development of self-respect and empathy for others and promotes the development of skills and understanding necessary to manage conflict peacefully and learn how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.

RSE and PSHE Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Kapow". Details of these can be found below:

Mixed Age PSHE and RSE Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Physical Education (PE)

 

At Costock C of E Primary School, we firmly believe in the importance of high quality PE lessons and how core knowledge and skills are essential to help pupils learn to live a healthy and active lifestyle. A positive early experience in PE is vitally important. Not only is it key to maintaining pupil’s health and wellbeing, but it also supports pupils in developing teamwork, resilience, respect and sportsmanship. Through a well-planned curriculum, skilled PE teaching and a wide variety of high quality extracurricular clubs, we endeavour to provide pupils the skills needed for a wide range of sporting/physical activities. We seek to ensure that children show resilience in PE lessons and have the self-esteem and motivation to succeed. We encourage pupils to be supportive and motivate others, as well as consistently showing values such as fairness and respect when taking part in sporting activities.

PE Policy

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "Striver". Details of these can be found below:

PE progression map

Computing

 

We strive to teach a broad and balanced computing curriculum, which provides the children with the skills they need to flourish in the digital age.

 

We aim to develop their skills and knowledge until all children have mastered the skills they need to access digital information, use a variety of online communication tools and make safe choices for themselves and their peers.

 

Through our computing curriculum, we would like to develop children’s confidence in using a variety of technologies, and develop the skills to recognise when and how to find further support or advice when they need it.

The computing policy to follow shortly.

We follow the curriculum progression materials from "2 Simple"/Details of these can be found below:

Computing Progression of Skills and Knowledge

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