THE COPPICE VALLEY Curriculum
Our curriculum is unique. It includes things like playing out in the rain, dancing to live music, taking part in politics and toasting marshmallows on a campfire.
What is the intention of our curriculum?
Our school vision is "Inspire, Dream Big, Learners for Life" . Our school purpose is to "Be the best you can be". We believe our purpose as a school is to provide all our pupils with access to knowledge, skills and opportunities for personal growth and our curriculum is our means to do this. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of our unique context. We seek to provide children with language-rich learning using quality fiction and non-fiction and to engage them in learning with enriching and exciting real-life experiences. We want our children to leave Coppice Valley with a great education and to be instilled with a love of learning. We wish for our pupils to have high aspirations and ambitions for their future and to have begun to develop the personal characteristics they will need to achieve them.
How will we implement this for our children?
To be successful, passionate learners, children need the right attitudes and behaviours. They need to be resilient, confident, persistent and independent. They must be able to face challenges with positivity and self-assuredness. Therefore we have put the teaching of these skills at the heart of our curriculum.
The Coppice Curriculum has been carefully designed with stakeholder consultation. We surveyed our pupils, parents, staff and governors about their priorities for learning. Additionally, we analysed our achievement data and the needs of our community to see where we should prioritise our efforts.
Our Curriculum is made of three parts:
- The Coppice Teaching Palette - the strategies and pedagogy we believe in, in order to teach the attitudes and behaviours needed to be a successful learner for life.
- Cornerstones Topics - exciting investigations and learning journeys that bring the national curriculum to life in ways that engage our pupils.
- The Coppice 50 - fifty key experiences to provide social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning plus opportunities to develop aspiration, character and personal growth.
The Coppice Teaching Palette
These are the ways we teach attitudes and behaviours for learning:
We use Cornerstones Education as a provider of planning units for all year groups from Reception to Year 6. Cornerstones was chosen because it perfectly embodies the expansive and exciting curriculum we want for our pupils. Pupils are introduced to new concepts, skills, opinions and literature. Cornerstones takes an inter-disciplinary approach to learning; links are made between subjects but not at the cost of pupils acquiring deep knowledge and skills, as can happen in some cross-curricular topic approaches. Cornerstones provides staff with access to expert knowledge and understanding, so they can teach with confidence and depth. This curriculum resource is workload friendly and efficient for staff too.
The Cornerstones website provides us with a national curriculum coverage checker so we can ensure the units of study we select cover the entire curriculum, in a progressive and cohesive manner. Leaders and staff work together to check curriculum coverage and progression across the school on an annual basis. The devolved leadership style of the school facilitates staff involvement in curriculum review i.e. staff teams work together on specific curriculum improvement projects. The impact of staff involvement is that they are invested in the process of curriculum design, implementation and impact review.
We also use the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Agreed Syllabus for RE (see link below), complimented by Cornerstones Love to Celebrate RE units, plus the NYCC Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) units.
You can find out more about the school curriculum by following the links at the bottom of this page, reading your child's class page on this website and the termly information letters. We also share information about the curriculum at parents' meetings. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any further questions.
More information about the Cornerstones Curriculum can be found by following these links:
The Coppice 50 (Click here)
The Coppice 50 is our list of essential experiences we provide every pupil with during their seven years with us. They are a wide range of social, moral, spiritual and cultural activities as well as sporting, artistic and creative opportunities. We want all our pupils to have equality of opportunity to access experiences that inspire them and broaden their horizons while simultaneously providing opportunities to build character and individuality.
What does this look like in practice?
Any day at Coppice Valley you may find children learning outside in our amazing grounds, out on a trip or walk or working independently or collaboratively in the classroom on a project. We encourage our teachers to innovate and be brave in their endeavours to make learning meaningful and irresistible to the children. Leaders support teachers with the curriculum by team teaching, planning and reviewing together, as well as monitoring the delivery of the national curriculum to ensure coverage and quality of teaching. Our curriculum is enriched with a wide range of extra-curricular activities run in lunch times and after school. This is always changing but may include dance, football, rugby, hockey, running, art, mindfulness, science, construction and gardening.
Pupils’ personal welfare is very important to us. Our PSHE curriculum includes NYCC's Sex and Relationships programme. We want our pupils to be informed, confident and well-mannered young people. For pupils who may be experiencing social, emotional or mental health issues we work with families to provide support for the child. Please see our Health and Wellbeing page for more details.
How do we ensure our curriculum is having an impact for our pupils?
At Coppice we have staff teams who work together to lead, train and monitor specific school improvement priorities in a project based approach. These teams play an important role in developing an outstanding curriculum by ensuring excellent teaching and learning in school. Teams draw on research findings, monitoring of teaching and learning in school and also consult with pupil leaders to evaluate the impact of the curriculum in the classrooms. Senior leaders support this process. Our teams use the Education Endowment Foundation's model of implementation of change to implement and review curriculum development. See our Assessment and Evaluation page for more information on how we judge the impact our curriculum.
Curriculum Plans (Information about all subjects for each year group)