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West Coker CofE VC Primary School

'All Life's Strands Entwined'

Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Christian Citizenship

 

We are proud of the area of our school curriculum that we call Christian Citizenship. This focuses on developing children’s personal and social skills, as well as their understanding of the world around them. It also supports the requirement, within the new National Curriculum, to prepare children for ‘Modern British Citizenship.’ We have  now divided this curriculum into four areas and the children  rotate through these areas on a half-termly basis. The areas are:

 

Caring Community –

 

The children work with and within the local community, learning about their local environment, its history and the people who live there.

We have been fortunate enough to establish a strong link with the local twine works and the children also work regularly with the village church. The children have visited people atthe village elderly people's home to chat, sing and play games. These sessions proved very rewarding for both sides.

 

 

See a report written for Somerset Museums:

Fun Foresters -

 

This promotes children’s interactions with each other and with the environment, nurturing cooperation and respect. We work both at school and in the field, exploring, creating, building and learning basic bushcraft skills. Some activities are linked directly to classroom learning in order to bring a more practical and real approach to the curriculum. Children of different ages working side by side enhances the family feel of our school.

 

 

International Issues –

 

To balance the work we are doing locally we believe it is important for children to develop understanding and empathy with the lives of people in other countries. We hope to establish a link with a location in another country and learn about their lifestyles. This area also lends itself to children's awareness of current affairs and built work around last year's Comic Relief event.

 

 

Life Skills -

 

The children learn important important skills and knowledge to help themselves and others inside and outside of school. These skills include making emergency calls, identifying allergies and anaphylaxis and how to respond.

All of these areas promote the core Christian values that are important to us as a Church School.

 

We asked the children what they had learned from Christian Citizenship this year. To read some of their responses, click here:

The school curriculum creates real opportunities to apply skills and knowledge from National Curriculum lessons and provides a stimulus for other classroom work.

 

Our school curriculum, along with many other things we do in school, helps to prepare children for modern British citizenship.

Reading

 

Reading is taught through a progression in synthetic phonics.

Our reading scheme merges a number of published schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Reading 360 and All Aboard, to provide the children with a broad range of materials and stimuli across the genres.

 

Our resources to support reading include a number of guided reading texts to engage reluctant readers, or those experiencing difficulties. We have also purchased the Phonic and Reading Bug online resources, which help to challenge and inspire all young readers.

 

Our main phonics teaching utilises Phonics Bug, which is an interactive resource based around a progressive synthetic phonics structure and is linked to the Reading Bug scheme. This matches children's phonic attainment levels to their reading attainment levels.

 

Our full curriculum is evolving to comply with the new National Curriculum requirements. Details of coverage can be found below.

PE Curriculum Map 2019-2020

Further information about our curriculum can be obtained by directly contacting the school.

You can also follow the link below, if you would like to see the full National Curriculum for primary schools in England:

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