Your child will study a wide range of subjects during their time at primary school - knowing about the subjects that are taught can help you to support your child's learning. Click on the links under Curriculum in the menu bar above to find out more about the frameworks relevant to your child.
We want to encourage children to be confident, articulate, happy and healthy and we aim to provide a relevant and stimulating curriculum through which each learner fulfils his or her all round potential in a safe environment.
We seek to inspire every pupil to be a highly motivated, independent learner, who actively participates in a balanced, relevant and well-matched curriculum, which affords equal opportunities and celebrates diversity. We strive for high standards of self-discipline and actively promote consideration for others, the community and the environment.
Through our teaching we aim to raise levels of attainment for all children, including those who are gifted and talented and those who have special educational needs. Children have different learning styles and respond best to different types of input so we try to deliver teaching in different ways to address the needs of all our learners.
We believe that the curriculum consists of all the learning opportunities provided by a school. This includes not only lessons, but out of school activities and all the attitudes, values and styles of behaviour promoted and supported by the school.
We have school policy documents and schemes of work for various areas of the curriculum. These are reviewed regularly and take into account County guidelines and the National Curriculum framework and are available for parents to see if they wish.
We believe that every child should have a firm foundation in English.
In all areas of the curriculum we encourage children to develop the ability to listen attentively and with understanding and to talk clearly and confidently, using a wide vocabulary.
We believe children should read fluently, accurately and with understanding, for pleasure and enjoyment as well as for knowledge and information. We teach children to read according to the daily National Literacy Strategy. We are convinced that parents make a valuable contribution to the progress their children make as they are learning to read. We therefore actively encourage children to take books home and hope you will use the home reading record to tell the teacher how your child is getting on at home. You can click to view our Literacy Support Leaflet which will give you some tips on helping your child to read.
We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in our two libraries, which children use extensively. They learn how to use the Dewey system so that they can find their way around the public library.
Throughout the school children are encouraged to record their experiences in a way suitable to their age and ability. A variety of stimuli, including poems and stories, arouses children's imagination and encourages them to write. A range of computer software is available to support this area of the curriculum.
We encourage children to develop a legible, joined cursive style of handwriting and to aim for a high standard of spellings.
We aim to equip children with the skills and confidence to think for themselves in mathematics.
We implement the National Numeracy Strategy, which stresses the importance of mental methods of calculation and delays the introduction of formal recording until children can manipulate numbers easily. Children have a variety of mathematical experiences. These experiences include number work, mental arithmetic, money, time, shape, area, measurement and volume. Use is made of calculators and computers.
We aim to encourage children to use their natural curiosity in scientific investigations.
Children learn scientific skills through taking part in a wide variety of practical activities. Over the years we have developed our grounds to include the copse and conservation area and we make frequent use of these outside environments in our scientific work. The close position of the school to both the town centre and the open countryside provides the children with many opportunities to learn from first hand experience. We also arrange visits to the nearby Hams Hall Environmental Centre.
We believe that, in this technological age, it is essential that children become computer literate.
We have at least one computer in each classroom and classes also have access to the junior and infant ICT suites. Children learn to use language masters, tape recorders, video recorders and our video camera. This equipment enables us to provide a variety of experiences across the curriculum. The quality of work produced by children is very impressive.
We want children to design, make and evaluate using a variety of materials.
Work in technology becomes increasingly complex and detailed as children gain more advanced skills and learn to solve problems. They work on all aspects of technology, including food, construction, textiles and control technology. We have the Sunshine Room which incorporates a food technology area, so that children can learn to cook in hygienic conditions. Where possible we link work in technology with other areas of the curriculum.
History & Geography
At Key Stage 1 these subjects are usually part of our topic work. As children move through Key Stage 2, the subjects become more discreet but we try to link topics wherever possible. Works includes studying the local environment, both in the present and the past, map work and use of artefacts. Coleshill provides us with a rich source of local history and geography and children often make short trips in the area to further their knowledge. Children gradually extend their knowledge by studying other areas at home and abroad. Visitors and visits to a variety of places help bring the subjects alive.
We have a wide range of apparatus which children use to help them develop their control, co-ordination, mobility and flexibility. Our curriculum includes gymnastics, games, athletics, swimming, dance and drama. Extra coaching in games lessons is provided by North Warwickshire County Council Leisure Services. Although swimming is not compulsory at Key Stage 1 we believe that this is important to introduce children to this activity at an early age.
Outdoor and adventurous activities form part of the National Curriculum. Junior classes visit Hams Hall where they participate in orienteering activities. Children in year 5 and year 6 have the opportunity to visit the Manor Adventure centre in Shropshire to take part in adventure activities.
School sporting aims and provision
Every child will take part in two hours of PE a week. There are also a range of extra curricular opportunities available. We also have an annual sports day for both the infants and the juniors.
Religious Education/Collective Worship
There is a daily act of collective worship which is broadly Christian in character. Although the school is a Birmingham Diocese Church of England school, the beliefs and customs of other religions are respected and valued and children from other faiths are welcomed into the school. We have regular achievement assemblies so that good work and caring behavior can be recognised. You are always welcome to join us. Rev. Parker (Vicar of Coleshill) regularly takes assemblies and we visit church for special services at various times of the year.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Warwickshire agreed syllabus and in accordance with the 1988 Education Act. This syllabus encourages a multi faith approach and a respect for faithful living, whilst teaching about ideas important for Christian belief.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship and religious education. If a parent wishes to consider this option, the Head Teacher should be approached.
We have a sex education policy agreed by the Governors. Children's questions, if they arise, are dealt with sensitively. There is a planned programme for children in years 4 and 6. Parents are invited to view the materials used. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons, should they so wish, but not from the sections relating to the National Curriculum.
If we find that any child has a learning difficulty in an area of the curriculum, we contact parents and take the appropriate action. We call on various local authority agencies to help us, according to the Special Needs Code of Conduct.
We believe that play is essential for a children's development. We have excellent well-equipped play areas. Children play in home corners, and with sand and water. We make good use of bricks and construction toys. We structure play to develop children's skills attitudes and concepts across the curriculum areas and, in the Reception class, according to the Early Years' learning goals. In this way we believe that children learn the essential social skills to become 'good learners'.
All children have music lessons where they learn to sing, compose and perform what they have composed. We have an exciting range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. We aim to develop children's creativity, understanding and enjoyment of the music of our own and other cultures.
We offer recorder lessons for children from year 2 upwards and the junior children are also able to participate in keyboards, guitars, violin, brass or woodwind instruments. Unfortunately there is a charge for these lessons and in some cases a waiting list may apply. Please enquire at the office.
Throughout the school children are taught to use a variety of media through 2D and 3D work. This enables them to express themselves creatively and have fun! Studies are also made of the work of other artists and of art in different cultures.
Modern Foreign Languages
Spanish is taught throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. French is also taught in Years 5 and 6.
Even before the Department for Education's advice on Citizenship, we had built it into our curriculum throughout the school, running alongside our Personal and Social Education Programme. By looking at other cultures as well as our own, we aim to breakdown cultural barriers and encourage children to become good citizens. At the same time we are able to have a lot of fun!
As part of our citizenship programme we try to foster close links with the community. Children (and parents) support us by giving up their time to sing or dance at various local venues, such as the Town Hall Christmas Fair. We invite local elderly people into the school and visit those at Orchard Blythe who cannot get out. This helps children to think of others as well as themselves. To this end, children are involved in many fund-raising activities for charity, some school based and some which groups of children suggest themselves. This usually involves a great deal of fun as well as helping good causes.
We encourage children to take home books to read or to share with you. As children get older there is an increasing amount of set homework which includes spellings and tables, as well as tasks in various subjects. We feel that this helps prepare children for secondary school, where homework is a way of life.
There are set time limits for homework and parents are encouraged to get in touch if children are taking too long to do the tasks or are having difficulty. We do not want homework to become a nightmare! We have a homework policy and parents are asked if they wish their children to take part in the homework programme.