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Respect, Pride, Choice

Our Curriculum -Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express 

Our intent is to provide our pupils with the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to lead successful lives. Our vision is to mould our pupils into "learners for life" by showing them the joy of learning through the Four Cornerstones approach of Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

To meet the needs of our pupils, the golden thread running through our curriculum is communication and language. Being able to speak and listen, read, write, reason, problem-solve and express yourself are essential for our pupils. We plan high quality experiences into our curriculum to give children the substance to talk, write and read about. 

Our Curriculum is made of three parts. The Coppice Characteristics are attitudes and behaviours for a successful life as a learner. The Coppice 50 experiences provide social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning, material to discuss, read and write about and opportunities to develop aspirations and character. The Cornerstones Curriculum provides exciting investigations and learning journeys that bring the National Curriculum to life. Cornerstones is a bought-in provider of curriculum content for primary schools. We chose Cornerstones for Coppice Valley because it shares our intent and values for learning. For RE, we follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus, using the Cornerstones Love to Celebrate units. We are committed to teaching Personal, Social and Health education, including Relationships and Sex Education, using North Yorkshire learning units.

The curriculum is implemented through the Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express approach. Our children need engaging experiences to inspire them,  to talk about and learn from. We then plan teaching to develop pupils' knowledge, skills and attitudes. We teach pupils to apply their learning in new situations by being creative and innovative. Finally, pupils express themselves by reflecting on what they have learned well, what they need to revisit and what they want to celebrate and share with others e.g. parents, other classes or schools. Throughout all learning experiences, pupils are taught the Coppice Characteristics e.g. being independent and curious. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural experiences and British values are planned into the Cornerstones curriculum in meaningful ways that enrich pupils' opportunities to express their ideas and opinions. 

We evaluate the impact of our curriculum on our pupils in a variety of ways. In addition to in-school and national assessments, pupils and parents are consulted for their opinions about our curriculum using surveys and our termly whole school Pupil Voice Conference. Regular feedback between staff and pupils about teaching and learning (e.g. marking) provides instant impact information. Moderation of pupil work is done within school and with staff from other schools. Staff work together to compare pupils' work with national standards, to ensure our staff understand what age related expectations look like. 

Cornerstones SMSC coverage

Y1-Y6 Whole School Cornerstones Curriculum Map

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