Like all state-funded primary schools our curriculum is under pinned by the national curriculum and government expectation.
We work towards meeting or exceeding national standards wherever possible.
The compulsory subjects under the National Curriculum are:
- Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
- Design & Technology
- Art & Design
- Physical Education (PE)
- Religious Education (RE – although parents have the right to withdraw children from all or part of this aspect of the curriculum)
Our curriculum isn’t just about reading, writing and maths. Where possible we aim to deliver our curriculum with links to other areas and the wider curriculum. Cross curricular in our way.
– it includes a wide range of subjects, and knowing about what your child is studying at school can help you support their learning at home.
These subjects form an integral role in our Creative Curriculum. Our curriculum is planned in consultation with all members
of staff. A Curriculum Working Party, which consists of teaching staff and members of the senior leadership team then collate information gathered. This is then given to staff, to be used to inform planning. Teachers plan learning experiences which promote a cross curricular approach.
Every term children learn about a different theme. Currently our planning cycle is as follows:
This is Britain
This is Britain Overview
Exploring our country
Exploring the natural environment
Exploring the built environment
Design + Technology
People and Places
Exploring our place in the world
Space and Aviation
Exploring our place in the solar system
Design + Technology
History of Hackney
Exploring the local area
We also teach:
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), which we believe is essential for children’s all-round development and self-esteem. This includes Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), Citizenship and Drugs as well as Sex & Relationships education. In addition to our dedicated PSHE lessons, children also have the opportunity to participate
- in House Time learning experiences on a Monday. The aim of House Time is to continue to promote enrichment opportunities for the children of Colvestone. To develop children’s holistic development, with an emphasis on Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). Children engage in a range of enrichment activities in House Teams alongside other children from different Key Stages including their own siblings.
- Spanish (as part of the extended curriculum)
Autumn Term 2024
Our Autumn term topic is People and Places, one of our Heritage topics. Learning is underpinned with the children developing a sense of themselves within the world and their identity. Through an exploration of people and society, children will gain a clearer understanding the world they live in, including those from diverse cultures, both in the past and present.
In Year 1 and 2 we start with a look at the history of childhood: toys, schools and holidays. After half term children look at significant figures from Black history: Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela. In Geography the children will be learning abput seas and coasts.
In Year 3 the children start by looking at Ancient Egypt. After half term the children go on to look at activism and how we can make a difference focusing on figures such as Doreen Lawrence, Benjamin Zephaniah and Marcus Rashford.
In Years 4, 5 and 6 we begin by learning about the Golden Age of Islam. We follow this after half term thinking about untold stories linked with Black British history through the study of significant individuals such as John Blanke, Olaudah Equiano, Yaa Asantewaa and Sadiq Khan.