When children start school in Reception, they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. Currently, Cofton pupils in Years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum.
The children undertake a vibrant, motivating, balanced curriculum that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. At Cofton, we aim to make this exciting and enjoyable. Most children will achieve the expected level by the end of Key Stage 1, and subsequently, by the end of Key Stage 2.
On the Curriculum Map, each unit of work for each subject is mapped out term by term. Visitors and visits are planned to help make learning 'real' and also fun, so that pupils are 'happy and successful.'
All teaching and non-teaching staff at Cofton are responsible for ensuring that all pupils, irrespective of gender, ability, ethnic origin and social circumstances have access to the whole curriculum and the opportunity to make the greatest progress possible, in all areas of the curriculum whilst at our school.
Children with Special Educational Needs usually enjoy access to the full Curriculum. Some children could experience difficulty, for example, because of their physical disability or medical needs. Additional support is given to these children, enabling them to take a full and active role. Tasks are adapted as necessary so that the children can participate. Please find Cofton's SEND Information Report below.
All Birmingham maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen. Birmingham Local Authority's Local Offer will be found at: www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk
At Cofton, during the Summer Term, we trialled an assessment system called Primary Assertive Mentoring (PAM) in Maths and Spelling, with some encouraging results. Pupils know these as 'Big Maths' and 'Big Spelling.'
PAM is being fully implemented during the Autumn Term in 2016, to include Writing, Grammar, Reading, Behaviour and Attitude (including presentation of uniform). We will be sending out additional information to parents shortly.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Dudt, Mrs Leadbetter or Mr Bentley. In addition, you can click on to the link below to find out more. There is also the presentation Mrs Dudt gave to parents at Parents' Evening in July 2016.
At Cofton, we do not use one specific scheme for Reading or Phonics - we use a range of materials. This helps us to take the very best from a wide range of schemes, without being over-reliant on them. Some of the materials we use for phonics are: Letters and Sounds, Bug Club Phonics, Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play and RAPID phonics.
For Reading, amongst others, we use Bug Club, Rigby Star, Oxford Treetops, Scholastic Reciprocal Readers, Rising Stars, RAPID Reading, Out of this World, Collins Big Cat, Four Corners, as well as a range of novels by well-known authors, non-fiction texts, poetry and play scripts. You can log on to Bug Club, on the right-hand side of this page, to access e-readers especially chosen for your child by their class teacher. The e-books also contain fun activities and quizzes to check comprehension. Have fun!
Year 6: Oak's Padlet