To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes at Coverack School follow a set of planned thematic topics on a rolling four year programme (see below), with each topic generally running for a term.
The 'topic-based' approach to the curriculum which we follow at Coverack means that, wherever possible, we group our subjects around a broad theme. The topics we choose depend on three factors:
- the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects
- the interests and needs of the children
- the core values of our school and our goal to be a happy and healthy place to learn
Operating a four year rolling programme across all year groups ensures that our mixed age classes explore different aspects of the topics throughout their schooling. The breadth of each topic means that, while our KS1 children were learning about the Great Fire of London for the topic 'Disasters and Triumphs', the KS2 children were exploring WW1. The broad themes also provide opportunities for pupils to develop skills in other subjects. For example, 'Disasters and Triumphs' covers lots of History in the National Curriculum, while in English children have learned about historical narrative, significant war poetry and non-fiction texts linked to the topic, and in Art pieces have been influenced by the knowledge gained from the topic and investigating the people and artists affected during the period.
Planning for these topics always starts with the children and, prior to staff organising learning opportunities, there are pupil conferencing and brainstorming sessions where the theme is explored in preparation for teachers to plan mid and short term learning. The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Coverack we make sure children gain lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding through:
- encouragement to participate in extra-curricular activities such as sports, cooking, art and music
- staff are actively encouraged to use our fabulous locality as a resource for teaching and learning; children from the school can regularly be found exploring the local woods, fields and beaches
- seeking to promote relationships with other local organisations and individuals to enrich our curriculum
Not all subjects can naturally 'fit' within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way. Examples include Religious Education, which follows the Cornwall SACRE agreed syllabus and PSHE, where we follow the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work. For mathematics, we use Abacus maths resources to support the planning and teaching of maths, while Y2 and upwards do 'Nifty Numbers' at the beginning of every maths lesson, which is designed to improve mental maths in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
For information on our approach to the teaching of reading and phonics, click here
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to view the National Curriculum. For a breakdown of the Maths and English curricula by year, click the relevant links at the bottom of this page.
Four Year Rolling Topic Programme
This is the calendar of the four year rolling topic programme.
Please refer to the individual classes for termly learning overviews.