Non Core subjects
Throughout our stimulating History curriculum, we aspire for our children to know and understand the history of Britain and the wider world. By actively engaging with the curriculum, they will recognise that there is an exciting world out there with plenty of opportunities which they can both contribute to and make use of. Through learning the cohesive links between past and present, they will appreciate why values and cultures have changed through innovation over time.
We strive to ensure children understand that many modern conveniences are only available as a result of aspirational and inventive individuals who are critical thinkers and passionate problem solvers. Once children have learnt about these significant figures, we aim for them to be inspired to make their own mark on history.
During lessons, we are determined that children will use vital skills from across the curriculum, such as inference skills, to deepen their historical understanding. They will do this by being inquisitive, investigating artefacts and analysing both written and visual sources. Through combining all of these skills with their historical knowledge, we will effectively give children the essential tools to be successful historians.
At Cold Harbour School, we want geography to be creative, fun and above all to be relevant and meaningful to the children’s own lives and experiences. Our geography curriculum provides children with knowledge, skills and understanding to inspire them to look closely at their own surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and the environment. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. It also encourages children to be forward thinking and responsible members of the local school community through to the wider world.
We strive to increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country and celebrate the global diversity of our pupils. The geography curriculum intends to provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them but also understand the current human and physical challenges to our planet and appreciate their role in ensuring a sustainable future.
Art and Design Intent
At Cold Harbour we believe that Art and Design has the capacity to allow children of all ages and abilities to communicate and experiment in a creative and varied manner. Art and Design allows children to express themselves, helping to stimulate imagination and inventiveness. Our curriculum celebrates artists from the past and present and from a range of cultures, promoting children’s enquiring and inquisitive minds, whilst also providing opportunities to developing their own skills and inspiring them to become artists themselves. Art and design is used to support the wider curriculum where possible. Children areenthusiastic about making links in their learning and using the skills they have developed to create their own works of art, inspired by other areas of the curriculum.
During our lessons children are taught a variety of key skills using a wide range of media. Children enjoy seeing their own progression of skills when aspects such as drawing, painting and sculpting are revisited in later years. Children become more self-reflective and resilient as they engage in discussions around their work and the work of others. We not only give children the essential tools to become artists themselves, but also the belief and self-confidence to be creative in their own ways.
At Cold Harbour School we aim for all children to access the computing curriculum through growing, learning and achieving together. They are expected to know how to respect each other online and to have trust in one another. Their learning environment should contribute to the development of these skills and they should have access to suitable, up to date equipment and emerging technologies. As computing is an increasing part of life today, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
At Cold Harbour School we follow the National Curriculum for Computing and adhere to their aims: can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation, can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems, can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems, are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our aim is to enable all our pupils and staff to be confident, competent, and independent users of ICT. We aim to use computing where appropriate to motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards across the curriculum. We will ensure teachers have the necessary training to deliver an up to date curriculum. We also aim to develop pupils’ computing skills, knowledge, understanding and capability through taught computing lessons and to provide opportunities for pupils to apply and consolidate their capability across all curriculum contexts. We will ensure that children are aware of the possible risks when using the internet through E- Safety lessons each half term as well as linked assemblies. Through this the children are expected to respect each other online as they do in school. Parents and children will be given any information necessary to keep them safe online both inside and outside of school. We aim for all children to be successful and safe when being taught computing at Cold Harbour School.
Design and Technology Intent
Throughout our challenging and engaging Design technology curriculum, we inspire the use of creative thinking and problem solving to prepare children to take part in the development of today’s rapidly changing world. The subject enables children to understand how the innovation and imagination of designers in the past have impacted on our lives today. They are prompted to identify current needs and opportunities, responding to these by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.
During lessons, we give children the opportunity to find out about existing products and mechanisms, learning about why and how they have been designed and evaluating their impact. Making curriculum links where appropriate, children are given the opportunity to use this knowledge, and that gained from other subject areas such as science and art and design, to design and make their own products. Children combine practical skills, using a variety of materials and tools, with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.
Evaluation of our own and each other’s designs and products always reflect our school values. This encourages our children to become discriminating and informed consumers and gives them the essential tools to become successful designers themselves.
Modern Foreign Languages – French Intent
Our intent is that in French children will
· Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
· Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity through discussion, asking and answering questions;
· Write at varying length using a variety of grammatical structures;
· Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At Cold harbour CE Primary School is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. Children are encouraged to grow in confidence when communicating in French through activities which strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language learning. More importantly, children are also encouraged to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries whilst making links with British values.
Lessons are planned so as to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
The MFL curriculum in our school is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. All children at Cold Harbour in KS1 and KS2 have regular language lessons. Therefore, children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Planning is informed by the guidelines set out in National Curriculum in England.
Music is an essential part of life; integral in the development of the whole person. We believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is crucial for the development of the whole child. Music provides opportunity for creativity, imagination and self-expression. It reflects the culture and society of the world we live in enabling children to understand our world with more clarity. Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being.
Through enjoyable and positive experiences the children will develop their musical skills reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods and cultures including significant composers that have influenced and changed the music we listen to today. These opportunities will develop the children to become composers themselves based on their personal influences.
During lessons children will be taught to sing and play tuned and untuned instruments musically utilising the inter-related dimensions of music. They will learn the language and notation of music. Children will be given opportunities to be creative and reflective about what they hear and produce. Through this we will effectively give children the essential tools to be successful musicians.
Cold Harbour CE Primary School recognises the value of Physical Education (P.E). We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:
Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
Are physically active for sustained periods of time
Engage in competitive sports and activities
Lead healthy, active lives PE develops a child’s knowledge, skill and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. A varied curriculum (supported through school provision and from Premier Sports) is in place to support this, with activities including:
Swimming and water safety
Outdoor Adventure Activities.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable children to make informed choices about physical activities throughout their lives. Through the teaching of PE Cold Harbour CE Primary School intends to:
Enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.
Encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations.
Develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities.
Show children how to improve the quality and control of their performance.
Teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
Develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.
Develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
Assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.
On Monday we were fortunate to welcome in the dancers and choreographers from Kapow dance circus who performed a special dance entitled ‘Grow’ which depicted the importance of letting nature flourish. The children were mesmerized by the skills and agility of the dancers. Later, a lucky group of Y6 had the opportunity to take part in their own dance workshop and show off their own creative talents.
On Saturday 16th October, members of Y4-6 took part in the MK Cross Country Competition at the MK Bowl. We were really lucky with the weather and our athletes dug in deep to climb the steep hill at the bowl and complete the circuit. A huge well done to everyone who took part.
On Thursday 7th October, the Y6 netball team enjoyed a couple of friendly matches against Rickley Park. It was brilliant to see their determination to master the skills and defend so well against the competition. Rickley complemented us on our sportsmanship and invited us back for a match next half term! Big thank you to all the parents and staff who came along to cheer us on.
At Cold Harbour Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and to maximise the outcomes for every child. As a result of this our children will grow in confidence, faith, personal awareness, ability and respect the differences between people. We deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experiences and sharing good practice, it is every staff member’s responsibility to do this by being a role model and having high expectations of Cold Harbour pupils. We are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils for them to become well rounded, competent learners and citizens. We expect teachers to use our PSHE curriculum to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE, RSE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school collective worships where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.