Cookridge Primary’s ethos statement underlies everything we do and is the basis of our curriculum offer. At Cookridge Primary we are passionate about making a difference every day and believe that our children should be at the heart of everything we do. The environment and curriculum we provide creates learning that is fun, active and personalised, inspiring all to achieve their very best.
We pride ourselves on our broad and balanced curriculum and offer a creative cross-curricular approach which is imaginative, exciting and actively contributes to the learning experiences of all our children. To make the learning relevant, cross-curricular links are made wherever possible and children are encouraged to apply skills from all areas to complete real-life challenges, investigations and broaden their depth of learning.
We teach all lessons using a carousel approach, this enables teachers to employ a variety of teaching strategies personalised to the children, with an emphasis on creativity and independence to motivate and encourage a life-long love of learning. We aim to support children to be resilient, well rounded, self-confident independent learners.
Our PE, Art and modern foreign languages (Spanish) provision is enhanced by specialist teachers.
English and Maths skills are taught daily to ensure our children become competent and proficient learners. English and Maths are also embraced through topic work to ensure children have the opportunity to tackle real life relevant situations with increased confidence. Our children are taught a range of computing skills and are provided with opportunities to enhance their programming skills as well as using technology creatively across the curriculum.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding (SMSC) is integral to our school curriculum and ethos and is embedded through day to day classroom activities such as philosophy for children, mind mate, bespoke PSHE lessons, RE, assemblies, curriculum content and skills. We have a high expectation of learning behaviours and expect these skills for life to translate into all elements of school life. We encourage children to have an understanding of themselves and their place within the society and country they live in. We believe children should be taught strong values to support their respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and those without faith; an understanding of individual liberty, the rule of law and democracy. Through the curriculum we offer, children experience societal, world-wide and current affairs; through involvement and education on democratic voting processes and politics; through education and discussion about the law and justice system; through a strong sense of school identity and restorative approaches that encourage deep refection of individual actions and consequences; also through a celebration of individuality and success, team work and pride. As a result we have a very active school council who lead and organise weekly pupil voice assemblies where they set the agenda, lead and feedback any areas of improvement to school leaders.
Where appropriate we encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning by completing homework projects based on topic themes.
What is Letters and Sounds? Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Taken from: www.letters-and-sounds.com
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