Our Creative Curriculum
(Includes English, Science and Foundation Subjects of the National Curriculum for KS1 & KS2)
For more information regarding the coverage, objectives and standards for specific subjects, please contact the front office and request more information to be given to you by the Curriculum Lead. It is important to understand that a lot of our curriculum can not be published on a public domain due to copyright laws and regulations.
How do you become a Superhero? What was it like to be an evacuee? Would a wombat enjoy living in England? How do Australians celebrate Christmas? The journey of a cocoa bean? What makes a film worth watching? What can we learn from our History?
These are only some of the exciting questions our pupils have been asking and exploring this year....
We believe that children should love learning so our approach here at Coopersale engages and inspires childrens' imaginations.
We have developed our work with the company Primary Matters adopting their approach for a 'Creative Curriculum' as well as incorporating a mastery approach through all subjects We now use termly whole school topics and interweave the national curriculum requirements through these exciting topics to deliver an education that our teachers and children are overwhelmingly satisfied with.
The Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum
As a result, we have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.
One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it. Such thinking is encapsulated in the scenario below:
At Coopersale, we want to challenge our children to become independent, well-round individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life.
In order for our curriculum to further flourish, we decided as a school that having key threads running through our topics as a backbone to how and what we teach was essential. These would ‘drive’ learning forwards and become the ‘drivers’ for Coopersale’s creative curriculum.
These drivers form the basis of everything we do and how we behave in and around school, from Nursery to Year 6, in all aspects of school life. They also support the teaching of British Values throughout the school.