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Gilbert Colvin Primary School



Curriculum Design Statement

Gilbert Colvin Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the primary National Curriculum.

Our strong vision underpins all aspects of our work-including our curriculum development:

At Gilbert Colvin Primary School, we believe that all our pupils have the potential to be changemakers. We believe that confidence, self-esteem and strong moral values are the keys to successful futures.

We empower every member of the school community to embrace challenge, have a passion for learning, take risks, collaborate, and aspire to achieve their best.

Our pupils thrive in a caring, inclusive environment which provides excellent educational opportunities and memorable experiences to prepare our pupils for a positive future.

Our schemes of work reflect the content and challenge of the curriculum. Teachers have worked hard to devise a curriculum which is ambitious and relevant to our rich and diverse school community. We recognise that our learners need opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills|: clarifying their thoughts and developing a rich vocabulary. We also know that our pupils are curious learners with a love of reading and finding things out.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. It reflects our vision statement; we are committed to promoting lifelong learning and preparing children for the next steps in their education.

Progression through subjects and across year groups is carefully mapped and golden threads provide opportunities to develop and build on prior learning. We assess pupils regularly using formative assessment, supplemented by summative assessment each term for children in Key Stage Two.  Gap analysis and pupil progress discussions shape the planning which teachers create.

Reading and Phonics

Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 learn to read quickly through excellent teaching of the Read, Write, Inc programme in phonics lessons.  As children move through the school they learn about and discover different authors and texts using accelerated reader-there is a real buzz about reading in our school.

Relationships and Sex Education

Following extensive consultation we have adopted the London Borough of Redbridge scheme for Relationships and Sex Education.  Our policy can be found here.