At Coppice Valley we provide rich, relevant and varied learning experiences using the Learning Challenge Curriculum, which allows children to develop their skills, interests and abilities. Through our teaching we:
- develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core and foundation subjects
- focus on children’s attainment and progress in English and mathematics
- enable children to become confident and independent learners
- develop children as resourceful, resilient learners using Empowering Learning Skills
- foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with others
- develop the highest standards of behaviour and conduct
- develop children’s self-respect and self-awareness and encourage them to show positive attitudes and respect towards the ideas and feelings of others regardless of race, culture or religion
- enable children to understand, feel valued within, and make a positive contribution to the local and global community
- help children grow into reliable, independent-thinking citizens
- help children be proud of their own work and recognise the achievements of others
Coppice Curriculum and our Teaching and Learning Culture
Our teaching will focus on motivating the children and building on their skills, knowledge and understanding in each area of the curriculum, so that they can reach the highest level of personal achievement. The school’s curriculum is made up of the National Curriculum plus the additional areas we believe are important for our pupils to learn – these are our Coppice Curriculum Drivers. The school curriculum is organised into a series of interest led topic in KS1 and a four year rolling programme or topics for KS2. EYFS has its own curriculum, though the Coppice Drivers are incorporated. Learning is planned through topics.
The school uses The Learning Challenge Curriculum and Empowering Learning approaches to teaching and learning. Learning is question based, usually pupil led, cross curricular and designed to foster Empowering Learning skills (teamwork, effective participation, reflection, resourcefulness, independence). “Wow” launch activities are planned at the start of each topic to hook the pupils into the learning. Final/review activities are planned at the end of each topic for learners to synthesise their learning into a final presentation.
The DfE has placed greater importance on children mastering their learning, rather than moving rapidly onto new learning. Pupils have mastered their learning when they can show that they can apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in arrange of contexts, in increasingly complex ways. At Coppice we are committed to exploring the best possible ways of helping pupils achieve Mastery Learning.
The school is fortunate to have extensive outdoor grounds, which are used for teaching and learning whenever possible. Talk for Learning, whereby pupils are taught how to ask and answer high order questions to extend their learning as well as how to speak and listen with confidence and respect, is a key feature of the school and is evident in all classes. These skills are explicitly taught and modelled.
The use of National Curriculum levels to measure pupils’ achievement and attainment has been brought to an end, as of September 2014. The school uses an online tracking system, Otrack and Classtrack for formative and summative assessment of the curriculum. In addition, we assess pupils using a comprehensive GL Assessment digital package which includes online Cognitive Ability Tests and Maths and English progress tests.
Our approach to assessment
Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress. All staff are regularly trained in our approach to assessment. We have a senior leader who is responsible for assessment.
Our method of assessment
Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in learning. We also use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and help us improve.
Our use of assessment
Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes. This data is used to plan the learning for each pupil to provide every opportunity for them to meet or exceed expectations. Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at particular risk in this school are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched. The information from assessment is communicated to parents and pupils on a regular basis through meetings with parents and pupils. Parents and pupils receive rich, qualitative profiles of what has been achieved and indications of what they need to do next. We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum, including sport, art and performance, behaviour, and social and emotional development.
Please note, each class has a detailed overview of the current year's topics, divided into terms and areas to be covered, as well as termly information sheets to complement our information meetings, on their class web pages.