Learning & Curriculum

 

Learning and Curriculum at Coupals Primary Academy: 

At Coupals Primary Academy our vision is to deliver a curriculum which provides our pupils with all of the essential skills they require to be successful in the future workforce in modern Britain. Through our curriculum and assemblies we develop pupils' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education and promote British Values of Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without a faith. You can find out more about our promotion of British Values in our British Values Policy

Our vision is that learning at our academy is challenging, led by the pupils, collaborative and supported by teachers who are all committed to becoming outstanding teachers making use of innovative pedagogies. 

Below is information about the ways in which key subjects are taught at Coupals: 

 

Early Years and Year 1:

  • In Reception and Year 1 pupils are taught primarily through Continuous Provision meaning that they learn through play.
  • Opportunities for reading, writing and maths are taught explicitly and constantly reinfoced through play. 
  • Phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds. 
  • Our approach to writing, through Talk for Writing, is used in Year 1 as it is across the rest of the school. 

Reading: 

  • Reciprocal Reading is used across Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).
  • Book Talk (a simplified version of Reciprocal Reading) is being developed for use in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) during the Spring term.
  • Children across Key Stage 1 and 2 complete reading comprehension activities every week.
  • Phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds through Reception and Year 1. In Year 2 phonics is taught through Read, Write, Inc though this will be the last year of doing so. As of next year all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will have learned phonics through Letters and Sounds since joining reception.
  • In Key Stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree to support the teaching of reading and phonics. From Year 2 upwards we use Accelerated Reader (utilising the books we have across the school) to assess reading.

Writing:

  • Talk for Writing is used for the teaching of Writing across all year groups in the school.
  • Reception children’s early writing is supported during phonics lessons and continuous provision (where Talk for Writing is also used).

Maths:

  • Pupils in Reception are taught maths against the Early Years curriculum including Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals.
  • Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 learn maths through the Maths Mastery programme. This programme will run in to Year 3 next year and each year group in the subsequent years
  • Maths in Years 4-6 is planned using the ‘White Rose Maths Hub’ planning which develops depth and mastery in pupils mathematical understanding. 
  • You can read our Calculation Policy by clicking here

Core Curriculum:

  • Pupils in Reception learn their whole curriculum (except for phonics and maths) through continuous provision in which they learn through play. This is delivered through ‘In the moment planning’ in which staff teach the children the relevant skills and knowledge through the activity they have chosen to engage in.
  • All other curriculum subjects (for Years 1-6) are taught through our new curriculum which was introduced in January 2017. After two years of using the International Primary Curriculum we have revised our curriculum to improve the coverage of content, knowledge and skills. Our new approach will ensure a broad and balanced curriculum in terms of subjects and will provide children the opportunity to develop their learning more effectively. 
  • Our Core Curriculum covers Science, Humanities (History, Geography and RE - based on the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus of work), Art, Design and Technology and PSHE/Citizenship. 
  • Computing is taught using a standalone curriculum.
  • PE is taught twice a week by both our Sports Coach and our class teachers (Year 4 pupils have their second PE session as a swimming session). 
  • Children in KS2 are taught French by a visiting MFL teacher who is employed across the Academy Trust Primary Schools. 
  • Music is taught through 'workshop days' throughout the year by a music specialist.

 Homework:

  • Every child should read for a short period every night (for pupils in Reception at the start of the year, this may be a book being shared with them).
  • Pupils will be set Maths homework (from Years 2-6) on the My Maths online platform. 
  • Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis for pupils to learn. 
  • We are reviewing our use of Core Curriculum homework during the Autumn Term and will be consulting parents on this throughout the first half term of the Autumn. 

We have restructured our Core Curriculum with the aim of leading outstanding learning through the vision of our Core Values. As a result of our curriculum our pupils will be:

  • Ready and enthusiastic to learn.
  • Ready to self-evaluate and reflect on their own learning.
  • Ready to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills to real-life experiences.
  • Ready to honestly encourage each other’s learning.
  • Ready to share their own opinions and beliefs.
  • Ready to respectfully challenge the ideas, opinions and beliefs of others.
  • Honest about changing their ideas following discussions and evaluations.
  • Determined and inquisitive with the desire to take risks in their learning.
  • Determined to understand their learning, progress and potential.

 The topics covered within our school curriculum are:  

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 2 Fire                 Dungeons and Dragons               Rainforests
Year 3  Dinosaurs Water  Ancient Egypt
Year 4  Natural Disasters Romans Extinction
Year 5  Space Africa Ancient Greece
Year 6  Danger Danger/World War 2  World War 2 

 

You can find out more about the Core Curriculum units which your child is learning through the relevant pages for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) or Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6). 

Throughout 2016-17 we are continuing to develop our curriculum across the school to ensure that it provides pupils with the opportunity for pupils to develop passions in learning and to prepare them for the next steps in their education, whatever and wherever that may be. 

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please contact Mrs Hughes (Deputy Headteacher).