Through the IB curriculum, we challenge children to think for themselves as they begin to consider local and global issues, and acquire the knowledge and skills they will require to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences later on in life.
The curriculum is underpinned by the IB learner profile (linked to the Academy values) that identify the characteristics of a COPA student by the end of their time with us. We intend for our children to leave us as caring, active participants continuing a lifelong journey of learning, equipped with the skills they require to continue to thrive as they move on to secondary education; and beyond as global citizens.
Our curriculum can be best described as Transdisciplinary, an approach that connects learning through concepts that overarch disciplines. Our curriculum refers to the subject disciplines in the National Curriculum that are delivered through the framework of the Primary Years Programme. The curriculum at COPA seeks to ensure both excellence in subject discipline (knowledge and skills) whilst at the same time being delivered through the lens of Transdisciplinary Themes, making the curriculum significant, relevant and engaging for our pupils. Where possible, these subjects will be taught in relation to the term’s Transdisciplinary Theme. However, the design of the curriculum allows for subject disciplines to be taught discretely to guarantee the coverage and progression of disciplines take place.
The leaders of each of these curriculum areas work closely with teachers to ensure that their subjects are planned coherently: that there is progress across year groups, and that children meet age-related expectations at the appropriate times.
Our curriculum is mapped against the National Curriculum (as a minimum benchmark) to ensure learners are exposed to a rigorous curriculum that progresses coherently both vertically and horizontally.
CLT and retrieval practice
Our curriculum is designed and delivered in a way that allows pupils to transfer key knowledge to long-term memory. Through careful planning of curriculum content in each year group, we ensure that new learning builds on knowledge and skills that have been taught before.
Alongside the academic curriculum, pupils will be taught Personal Development Curriculum (including relationships and sex education) which is mapped out to be age appropriate and sequential, meeting the needs of our learners.
As a school that opened in 2017, we have had a greater than average number of children joining COPA at various points throughout the academic year. Where these children have joined us at lower than expected starting points, or with additional needs, processes ensure that these children are provided with targeted interventions (both educational and pastoral) to aid them in acquiring the basic skills of reading, writing, and maths whilst still being given the opportunity to access our wider curriculum through additional support or adaptations made. In this way, we intend for all children to achieve their full potential regardless of their background or their additional needs. Please refer to the Academy’s SEN Policy for further details.