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Our Curriculum & Assessment

Staff at Collingwood Primary School have created a curriculum that address the new statutory requirements as detailed by the government for 2014. At the heart of our curriculum is our school ethos which states that we want all children in Collingwood Primary School to 'find something that they are good at.' We will do our very best to ensure the children have the opportunities and support to do so, within our nurturing environment. Our curriculum is underpinned by our Curriculum Drivers which staff ensure are incorporated into the children's educational experiences. 
  • Explore future possibilities using their talents
  • Broaden their horizons and look to their future
  • See themselves as an important member of their community
  • Show independence of thought and action, making the right decisions for themselves
  • Through drama, learn to express themselves positively and with confidence
Please take a look at our Yearly Overview Topic Map which details the topics and key subject foci that the children will be covering each term. If you would like to know anything further about our curriculum, please contact Miss Sheridan (Head of School) or speak to the class teacher.

Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

There is an early years unit attached to the school with three teachers and two Nursery Nurses.  Children must be 3 years old before they can be admitted, and remain in this until they are ready to move into a Year 1 class. 

The sessions in the Nursery Class are 8.15am to 11.25am (with a breakfast club option) and 12.15pm to 3.15pm. Nursery children can attend for ½ days only (see extended schools for full time nursery) and parents may choose (depending on the waiting list) whether they would prefer the morning or the afternoon session. Reception school days run like the rest of the school - 8.55am until 3.15pm and there is also a Breakfast Club option for our Reception children.

Nursery Topic Maps

Reception Topic Maps

Reception Topic Map Summer

Topic Map

Topic Map Y1 - Y6

If you would like to read the objectives that each year group will be covering, please look at our Curriculum Maps. 

SMSC Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Collingwood Primary School, our ethos is such that all people who come into our school, whether staff, pupil, parent or visitor, are valued as individuals in their own right. They should set, and be entitled to expect from others, excellent standards of behaviour, marked by respect and responsibility. Our staff will support our children in developing an inner discipline and be able to make up their own minds, being ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow up through making choices and holding to choices that they have made. They will want to be honest with themselves and with others. This is part of our school ethos, which further details can be found on our Ethos page. During our British Values Week, children discussed different issues such as cooperation, diversity, differences, wars and terrorism. Please read our overview of the week which we held in October.

We also have a whole school SMSC Policy that has been shared with our Chair of Governors and our PSHEe&C governor. In 2016, we invited our Local Authority SMSC Lead into school to conduct a Learning Walk with our governor and Deputy Head. The very positive feedback has been shared with the school community.

Curriculum Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years)


The English curriculum develops children's ability to communicate clearly and equip them with a strong command of the written word. We strive to develop a deep love of literature by exposing them to different kinds of literature, texts and writing, poetry and drama. In both Key Stages, we use Read, Write, Inc to teach phonics and comprehension skills. This is supported by guided reading sessions that aim to develop a deeper love of literature. Please look at our English overviews which give you a breakdown of what units we teach in each year group. 

English Overviews

If you would like to read the English National Curriculum Objectives, then please click on the links below.

To view the entire English National Curriculum document with the relevant appendices, please click here.


Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subject that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality maths education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Staff use a range of resources, including web based games such as Mathletics, to encourage and engage the children with maths. Please look at our yearly list of objectives to find out what your child will be learning.

Our broader curriculum aim is to provide teaching and practice in the basic skills of number, reading and writing, as well as encouraging interest in music, art and the world around us.  Our P.E, Games and dance lessons aid physical awareness, co-operation and development.  We aim to give the children a good grounding in Science and computing, and introduce a range of design technology and artistic skills at the appropriate stage.

The Curriculum is based on the legal requirement set by the National Curriculum and includes mathematics, all aspects of English (reading, language study, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting, literature, poetry and drama), science, computing, technology including computers, history and geography, design technology, music, art, physical education ~(including games, swimming, gymnastics, dance and outdoor education). 


The school is not affiliated to any religious denomination, but throughout the school there is assemblies which begin with an act of worship.  In addition, Religious Education takes place in the classroom regularly. North Tyneside have created a RE syllabus which Collingwood Primary School follows and this ensures that we follow the guidelines agreed as an authority. We also have a clear curriculum overview of the RE curriculum by year group for you to read. Any parent wishing to exercise the right to withdraw a child from assembly or R.E. should contact the Headteacher. Our Collective Worship Overview links in with our PSHEe&C units of work.

Physical Education &  PE Funding

P.E. is undertaken right throughout the school and is a most important activity leading towards good physical co-ordination and agile movement. To be excused PE for a longer time would require a note from a doctor.  Correct kit is essential: plimsolls, black shorts, yellow polo shirts (available with the logo at a cost of £7.50 from the school office) It is an enjoyable subject and all children are to take part unless a note from parents is produced.  All jewellery must be removed and clothing named.  Children should not wear ear-rings until they are old enough to remove them themselves.  In line with health and safety guidelines only small studs must be worn at school.  Older children will take part in organised games, athletics and swimming.  Currently we have school teams in football, netball, cross county, rounders, cricket, and athletics.  Please look at our PE overview which informs you the different PE units our staff, including our coaches, deliver across the school year.

Music and Drama

Music is taught throughout the school by a music specialist and our music coordinator. Currently recorder, guitar, clarinet, flute and drumming lessons are offered to older children. Our music coordinator has adopted North Tyneside Music Scheme which provides a varied and rich music curriculum. We run a Key Stage Two Choir which takes part in North Tyneside performances and events, and productions take place at Christmas and in the Summer Term. Recent productions have included The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Joseph and The Sound of Music. Bigfoot Productions Company support our teaching of drama by running workshops in every class across the school. Key Stage Two enjoy Song Practice every Thursday where the children prepare for whole school events such as Harvest Festival and Carol Services.


French is taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6 and delivered by a French specialist. In conjunction with the Languages coordinator, children have the opportunity to speak, read and write French. We also have special languages assemblies where the whole school can share a French story together. Please have a look at the French Topic Map that details the different units the children learn.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship (PSHEe&C)

Our PSHE&C curriculum links very closely with our SMSC aims in which we strive to develop life long skills that the children can use to forge positive relationships with others, raise self esteem and for our children to be proud of who they are. Please look at our  PSHEe&C Topic Plan  see what issues we discuss with our children across their school journey. In Spring Term 2016, our SMSC governor (Elaine Smith) and a North Tyneside Advisor conducted a Learning Walk around school. They met with the staff and children and discussed how we address the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural elements within school. We were proud with the feedback and you are welcome to  read the report here.

Assessment and Informing our School Community

At Collingwood Primary School, we are now assessing the children against the new National Curriculum and in 2016, our Y2 and Y6 children were tested with the new SATs in reading, maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). Our school is following guidance for assessment from North Tyneside and we have adopted their suggestions on how to assess English and maths. We are also using the North Tyneside Tracker to input our results so comparisons can be drawn across the authority and using Target Tracker in Foundation Stage to support our EY judgements.

Principles that underpin our assessment are;
  • Every child can achieve and it is the responsibility of our teaching staff to ensure they share with the children what they need to next in order to make progress
  • The National Curriculum objectives will be used as the expectations for all children
  • Teaching staff and governors will engage in professional discussions about assessment, keeping up to date on local authority advice and government guidance.

Our Rationale

Assessment is a continuous process which is integral to teaching and learning, allowing children to achieve their true potential. We have a new assessment policy that provides a framework within which educational objectives and children’s capabilities and achievements can be monitored and recognised. Information gathered from assessments is used to inform future planning, ensuring the children receive quality first teaching.

In order to be ready for high school (Secondary Ready), children in Y6 will need to meet the required end of Key Stage 2 expectations. We use the National Curriculum objectives to assess outcomes for children at the end of each curriculum year.

If you would like to read an overview of assessment across our school, please read Assessment at Collingwood.

Reporting to Parents and Governors

Our assessment governor is Hilary Cooper.

In light of the curriculum and assessment changes, Collingwood Primary has changed their reporting system so now parents and carers will receive a termly report indicating how their child is achieving using the language Developing, Secure and Exceeding (Y1-Y6) for every subject. Early Years will report to parents using their terminology of Emerging, Expected and Exceeding. There will also be information about how their child is contributing to school life and recognise talents in different areas of the curriculum. Parent Consultations in autumn and spring term will provide an opportunity for parents to discuss the reports with their child’s teacher.

In the summer term, Collingwood Primary School will  include results from the national curriculum tests in their annual reports to parents (Y2 and Y6). We will also report the pupil’s scaled score and whether or not they met the national standard. 

Please read our Assessment Letter for Parents that was sent out to our parents and carers last year in light of the changes in assessment.