'Parents spoken to on the day of the inspection were supportive of the school.
One parent commented, 'Coteford Junior is a great school with wide ranging provision.
My child has thrived while attending.'
At Coteford, we encourage independent learners who are excited and challenged by the learning opportunities given to them. Our school's curriculum has been developed with regard to the National Curriculum, Hillingdon Guidelines and our own philosophy.
The delivery of curriculum is as follows:
- Literacy is taught daily.
- Mathematics is taught daily
- PE is taught for two hours per week
- The rest of the curriculum is taught in week-long ‘blocks’.
We have developed a creative foundation curriculum, including ICT and science, which is taught in week-long blocks. The children become fully engrossed in a subject for the week. We have found this is a very effective way of teaching the curriculum. It enables creative, cross-curricular learning, sharing of resources and greater opportunities to further personalise learning.
CURRICULUM DAYS AND THEME WEEKS
Over the course of an academic year the children’s learning will be enhanced by special curriculum days or theme weeks. Examples of these include Best of British Arts Week, Natural World Arts Week and Maths and Science Weeks. The children all participate in a wide range of creative and group learning experiences, which they love and which become a highlight of their time in the Junior School.
EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS
We run a wide range of extra curricular clubs, before school, after school and at lunchtime. You can gain a place on these by logging on as a parent to ITSLEARNING (coteford.itslearning.com)
All children are taught music as part of their National Curriculum entitlement. In addition, we have very popular peripatetic lessons for violin, brass, guitar, drums and keyboard.
SCHOOL TRIPS and VISITORS
Learning from the local and wider environment is a very important part of life at Coteford Junior School. All year groups will go on an average of at least one trip per term and we also welcome numerous visitors into school to enhance the children’s learning. In line with the law and our charging policy we request voluntary contributions for these trips.
Children are all issued with a homework diary. They are expected to record reading in this on a daily basis. All children are given a piece of maths homework and one other piece of homework on a Friday. This is then expected to be returned the following Thursday. There is a balance between ICT-based and paper-based homework. Homework tasks can be found on the class pages of ItsLearning.
Our daily assemblies bring the whole school together to consider the world around us. They are broadly Christian and provide an opportunity for collective worship as the law requires. Parents are invited to join us for special assemblies, including class assembly and Year 6 leavers’ assembly. Special assemblies are arranged to reflect the major festivals from a variety of world religions. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from assembly.
Our well-stocked school Library is open until 4:00pm daily. This is to enable you to come and choose books with your child. If you need support with this, please talk to your class teacher or to our librarian.
REPORTS & PROGRESS
Consultation Evenings to discuss progress and achievement are held in the autumn and spring terms. All children receive a written report at the end of the year, outlining their main achievements in all curriculum areas.
END OF KEY STAGE 2 ASSESSMENTS
At the end of Year 6 the children take part in the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). As a result of these, the children will be given a National Curriculum level. All Year 6 children are also given a National Curriculum level based on teacher assessment.