Curriculum

As an independent school, we keep abreast of educational reform and consider new initiatives, adopting those we feel will improve and enhance our curriculum. We have the freedom to deliver a broader curriculum that is relevant and appropriate for our pupils. 

The Copthill Learner

We believe that education should provide the essential tools for lifelong learning and we prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. To achieve this, we aim to deliver,

A broad curriculum, emphasising the importance of literacy and numeracy and designed to develop lifelong knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow our children to become responsible citizens, independent explorers, creative thinkers, problem solvers, team players and reflective learners.

The curriculum encompasses the planned activities that we organise to promote learning in all areas of a pupil's life.  It actively encourages our pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  It is the totality of our pupils' learning experiences.

Learning at Copthill is a positive and relevant experience. Pupils experience the joy of discovery, problem-solving, risk-taking and active participation in the arts, developing their self-confidence and growing as Copthill Learners.

English and mathematics

Pupils are taught in ability sets for mathematics from Year 2 and in English from Year 5.  In Years 5 and 6, English teachers also deliver the humanities curriculum to ensure literacy skills are reinforced and extended.

"Pupils' written work develops well and examples were observed of pupils producing sensitive and thoughtfully worded creative writing ...

The school has been particularly successful in demystifying mathematics for those who have struggled with the subject ... teachers encourage everyone to 'have a go' ... and develop and attitude of 'maths without fear' and make complicated aspects seem simple".  ISI Inspection 2017

Able pupils

We identify outstanding talents in academic subjects, sport, music and drama.  Our curriculum has provision to challenge and stretch these talented pupils through extension groups, specialist teaching and visits to secondary schools.

"The school ensures that the more able pupils have a constant source of new challenges which extend their range of skills and all-round competence".  ISI Inspection 2017

Curriculum and teaching

 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Experienced and qualified teachers deliver our curriculum which is based upon statutory guidance.  It is adapted and strengthened to suit our pupils and to develop their independence and sense of responsibility.
Lower School Reception-Year 3 Each of the two forms per year group has an experienced form teacher and at least one teaching assistant.  Pupils are taught mostly by their form teacher and by subject specialists in some areas of the broad curriculum.  

Upper School Years 4-6

Pupils are taught by specialists in a wider range of subjects.
Years 5-6

Year 5 and 6 pupils are prepared for 11+ and a wide variety of entrance examinations by tailoring the learning activities to each pupil's particular academic needs.  

Specialist subject teaching

Art Years 4, 5 & 6 Specialist subject teachers
Coding Year 1-Year 6 Specialist subject teachers

French

Pre school–Year 6

Specialist subject teachers

Latin Year 6 Specialist subject teachers

Music

Pre school-Year 6

Specialist subject teachers

PE and Games Reception-Year 6 Specialist subject teachers

Spanish

Years 4, 5 & 6

Specialist subject teachers

Verbal and non-verbal reasoning 

Years 4, 5 & 6

Experienced teachers