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Coppice Valley Primary School

Respect, Pride, Choice


Here at Coppice Valley we do things differently.

Our curriculum 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 want our children to leave Coppice Valley with a world-class 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 a lot of thought, over time. We surveyed our pupils, parents, staff and governors about their priorities for learning. Additionally, we analysed our achievement data over the years to see where we should prioritise our efforts.

Essentially our Curriculum is made of three parts.

  1. The Coppice Teaching Palette - the specific techniques we have chosen in order  to teach the attitudes and behaviours needed to be a successful learner for life.
  2. Cornerstones Topics - exciting investigations and learning journeys that brings the national curriculum to life in ways that engage our pupils.
  3. 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 (click for more detail):


Cornerstones Topics

We use Cornerstones Education as a framework of planning units for all year groups from Reception to Year 6. Cornerstones was chosen because it perfectly embodies the broad, balanced and exciting curriculum we want for our pupils. 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 manner. 

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:

Curriculum Policy

Cornerstones Philosophy

Y1-Y6 Whole School Cornerstones Curriculum Map


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 desire all our pupils to experience a wide range of life experiences that inspire them and broaden their horizons, 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 to local farm to see life cycles happening in real life, planning how to raise funds themselves to go on a visit, working collaboratively in the classroom on a project, using a drone to learn how make maps or writing a story for a competition.

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.


At Coppice Valley, you will find our curriculum 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 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.


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. Our Curriculum team plays an important role in developing an outstanding curriculum by ensuring coverage of the national curriculum but with the additional focus on the specific needs of Coppice Valley. The team draws on research findings, monitoring of teaching and learning in school and works with pupil curriculum leaders to evaluate the implementation of the curriculum in the classrooms. Senior leaders support this process. 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)

You can see what your child will be learning in 2018-2019 by clicking on the links below.
Reception (Oak Class)
Year 1 (Beech)
Year 2 (Ash)
Year 3 (Sycamore)
Year 4 (Apple)

Year 5/6 (Chestnut & Willow)


National Curriculum

North Yorkshire RE Syllabus