Welcome to our learning page. Here, you can read all about our curriculum for all classes and subjects, our approach to learning and our policies for SEND, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. You will also find information about assessments and results.
Colwall C of E Primary School – Our Local Offer for Children with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
As a fully inclusive school, we welcome everybody into our community. All of our pupils are valued and their diverse abilities are equally celebrated. We believe that every child has a right to be provided with the opportunities required for them to achieve their full potential – personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum.
Each child is considered as an individual and treated accordingly, with support given to ensure that they are able to study all areas of the National Curriculum. Lessons are adapted to cater for personal learning styles and abilities.
Pupils who have been identified as having SEND will be provided with a range of learning opportunities intended to help ensure they continue to make progress in all areas of their learning. These opportunities may include differentiated work (work designed for a range of abilities), specific resources tailored to their needs, or more specific short-term interventions (or learning programmes). Children with more significant special needs will be provided with a tailored curriculum to suit their individual needs, helping to develop self esteem and satisfaction through all they achieve during their time at Colwall.
If your child has a disability, their needs will be individually catered for. Any child with a disability, be it a physical or sensory impairment, will have access to all aspects of the National Curriculum, differentiated or modified whenever necessary.
For further information, please look at the Colwall SEND School Offer below, or contact:
Miss Laura Dyer, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)
At Colwall, we design our curriculum to not only meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, but also to inspire our children through an enquiry approach to learning.
Every lesson is designed around an enquiry question, something which the children will be supported to explore, challenge and investigate throughout the session until they reach an answer or response. Our School Vision of ‘Sparking Curiosity, Unleashing Potential’ forms the foundations of our approach to the curriculum, teaching and learning at Colwall. We aim to motivate and inspire learners, engage them in their learning and support or challenge them as they deepen their understanding.
Every class has a Maths and an English lesson a day, alongside some shorter key skills sessions for areas such as arithmetic, grammar, spelling or handwriting. Our afternoon sessions consist of the foundation subjects, some which are taught through cross-curricular Topic lessons and some which are taught as stand alone subjects.
The Topics which we cover are mainly History or Geography focus topics, with cross-curricular links made with subjects such as Science, Design and Technology, Music, Art etc where appropriate and effective.
All classes have 2 hours of Physical Education each week, which are taught by Sports coaches or the children’s normal class teacher. We also have a session of Forest School or Eco School for every class.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS applies to children from birth until the end of their Reception Year. It focuses on the key principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
There are three Prime areas of learning:
- 1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- 2. Communication and Language (CL)
- 3. Physical Development,
And four Specific areas of learning:
- 1. Literacy (L),
- 2. Mathematics (M),
- 3. Understanding the World (UW)
- 4. Expressive Arts & Design (EAD).
The National Curriculum
Every state-funded school must follow the National Curriculum which is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Every school must offer a balanced curriculum which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
The National Curriculum for five to 11 year olds is made up of blocks of years, known as key stages:
- Infant children (Year 1 and Year 2) are known as Key Stage 1.
- Junior children (Years 3 to 6) are known as Key Stage 2.
Formal assessment takes place at the end of each Key Stage (Years 2 and 6). A phonics screening check takes place in Year 1.
In addition, schools are advised to teach personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and citizenship, together with at least one modern foreign language.
Please click on the individual subjects for more information, or contact the school office and we can put you in touch with the subject leader.
Pupil Premium at Colwall C of E Primary School
“The school has a clear shared vision and common purpose for where they are headed and what they want to achieve for their disadvantaged children. They are socially attuned and empathise with their community. They champion the vulnerable children who attend, and parents chose for their children to attend on this basis.”
(Colwall C of E Primary School Pupil Premium Deep Dive Inspection, July 2021)
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM), those looked after by the local authority, previously looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Colwall C of E Primary School – Principles relating to Pupil Premium spend:
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government introduced the Sports Premium Grant in 2013. The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum from the academic year 2013 to improve provision of physical education (P.E.) and sport in primary schools.
How is this funding allocated to schools?
The P.E. and sport allocation is funding provided to schools in addition to main school funding. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on the provision of P.E. and sport in schools.
Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual school census.
What are the aims of the Sports Premium?
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of P.E. and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Key themes and priorities:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
- the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
Early Years – EYFS
At the end of Reception each child is assessed to see if they have reached a Good Level of Development (GLD). Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:
- The early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and
- The early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.
The levels attained by children at the end of the EYFS are allocated a number as follows: Emerging = 1 or Expected = 2.
This data is reported to the Local Authority and to parents in their child’s end of Year report.
In Year 1, all children have a Phonics assessment. This is administered by their usual class teacher on a one-to-one basis, and the child reads the sounds and words as they would do in a normal phonics session. The test is formed from a combination of real words and ‘alien’ words (made up words). The teacher marks if the child has read the word correctly and a total score is submitted. There is a National pass mark, which a child needs to reach to pass the Phonics Assessment.
If a child does not meet the expected standard in Year 1, they resit the assessment the following year, in Year 2.
This data is submitted and will be sent to parents in the end of year report.
Key Stage One Assessments:
During the Summer Term in Year 2, children are given some assessments which help to form accurate teacher judgements of attainment and progress. This data is submitted and will be sent to parents in the end of year report.
Key Stage Two Assessments (SATS):
In May, assessments are administered to all children in Year 6. These papers are used to ensure that children have met the expected standard in Reading, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and Maths.
The assessments are marked externally and results are returned to school mid-July.
The class teacher also submits teacher judgements in the summer term. These results and teacher judgements are provided to parents in the end of year reports.
For our latest results in each of these assessment points, please see the document below: