Curriculum

Detailed information about our curriculum can be found on each individual Year Group page, which you can jump to below. There you will find our timetables, curriculum plans, newsletters and more:

An Introduction to our Curriculum

At Colmers Farm Primary School, we endeavour to give our children an outstanding broad, balanced and fun curriculum. We ensure that the children cover all the aspects of the National Curriculum over the key stages through careful planning, assessment and monitoring.

To ensure all children at Colmers Farm Primary School have high quality first class teaching in all areas of the curriculum, our teachers receive regular training, either through Inset or off-site at other training centres, and many will attend network meetings to keep them fully up-to-date with current events.

Our classroom displays reflect the learning taking place each term and we try to organise trips and visitors to school to enhance learning further.

The children are at the centre of all learning and we are proud to work with them and their parents to help them achieve their full potential.

If you would like to know more information about the curriculum, please contact the school office or visit the National Curriculum page (external link) on the Government website.

Reading and Phonics

When teaching children to read, we focus on two areas:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each. We deliver and facilitate a range of reading opportunities -guided reading, shared reading, modelled reading and individual reading.

Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.

Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why we teach phonics from EYFS into Key Stage 1. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’;
  • and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.

All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

It is our aim that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence.

We use a range of online resources to support teaching and learning in reading. Links to these can be seen on our Web Links page.