Courtney Curriculum

Curriculum 2017-8

At Courtney, we follow the national curriculum but have adapted our programme of study to reflect the interests of our children and our Kingswood locality. The changes we have made to our curriculum include:

  •  the reintroduction of popular topics which our children love to study but are no longer in the national curriculum, for example, Life in Britain in World War II
  • a stronger emphasis on food and cooking - making better use of our allotment and fruit trees
  • greater use of the outdoor space
  • a wider view approach which includes multi-cultural links and awareness of Big Issues
  • a slim down of the curriculum to allow for us to focus on our children's interests
  • links to high quality texts which excite and engage the children
  • use of our local facilities, for example, Kingswood library, 
  • a WOW event which allows parents to become involved
  • a strong thread of Crown Values and British Values
  • Sparkling Starts to launch every new topic 
Below are copies of our Curriculum Overviews for 2016-7.
 
In 2017-8, we adopted a new approach which allows pairs of year groups to plan some of the foundation subjects together in a two-year cycle. As a single- form entry this creates an opportunity for teachers to work together, to bounce creative ideas off each other and to share the workload. The joint curriculum plans are on each class' webpage. 
At the moment, teachers are selecting the skills and knowledge from last year's overview which best fit their joint topics. Next year, we will teach the missed skills and knowledge and finalise our two-year planning cycle.
Details of our curriculum, our reading scheme and approach to phonics can be found in our School Prospectus which you can find on our website.