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Colehill First School


Curriculum and Learning

Our Curriculum

At Colehill First School, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in their Reception year, and the National Curriculum from year 1 onwards. The basic skills of literacy and numeracy are given appropriate emphasis in English and mathematics teaching respectively, and the children follow learning ‘themes’ each term or half term to provide a focus and context by combining learning meaningfully across a range of curriculum subjects. These themes have been adjusted to take into account the requirements of the revised National Curriculum from September 2014. For more information, please click on the link below.

Primary National Curriculum from 2014

Wimborne Academy Trust's Curriculum Vision

VALUES: Our three core Trust values are excellence, collaboration and respect.

VISION: Our pupils develop character through a love of learning to achieve and thrive. they are prepared to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens with a global perspective.

OUTCOMES: Every child will leave our schools with the best possible character - resilience, confidence, aspiration, integrity, compassion for others, respect, curiosity, spiritual awareness and team working.

Our Curriculum Statement - January 2019

  • Our curriculum relates closely to our local, regional and national context as well as to the needs of our pupils;

  • It is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills, with knowledge underpinning and enabling the application of skills;

  • Each curriculum subject, and its associated knowledge and skill set, is respected as a discipline and afforded appropriate coverage;

  • Subjects are combined meaningfully in learning contexts that are thematic and age-appropriate;

  • Some single subject teaching and learning also takes place, when considered most effective in achieving the intended learning outcomes in that subject;

  • Basic skills in English, mathematics and other disciplines are regularly and systematically applied in cross curricular contexts;

  • Knowledge acquisition is carefully planned to grow over time, with due emphasis placed on interconnecting knowledge to build pupils’ understanding;

  • Progression of learning in all subject areas is a key element of our curriculum. There is a model of progression in place for all subject areas based on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in all subjects and the local agreed syllabus for RE.

  • The school has high expectations of pupils in terms of progression, and strives for pupils to achieve mastery across a broad range of subjects;

  • Assessment is used not only to inform teachers of progress, identifying gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills, but also to reflect on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the taught curriculum, its design and implementation.

  • Senior leaders maintain a strong focus on the curriculum and are accountable for its design and implementation. However, all teaching staff make valued contributions towards the planning, delivery and review of the curriculum, both as subject leaders and as classroom teachers.

  • We believe that our broad, rich curriculum needs to prepare pupils adequately for internal and external tests and assessments, and the outcomes of these should reflect the success of the curriculum.

Please follow the link to read the National Curriculum in full:    National Curriculum 2014
Go to the class pages to see the overview of learning for the current term.

For more information about the school's curriculum, please consult our parents' handbook here or contact the school via phone or email (details here), marking your email 'Curriculum query'.

Policies for Curriculum Subjects:

Please click below on links to each curriculum policy. 


We aim to provide annual written reports to parents about their children’s progress which are detailed, accurate, wide ranging and jargon-free! Click below to see the report templates for key stages 1 and 2