Aims and Ethos
The COSMIC team is made up of a dedicated teaching staff that are committed to providing unique learning experiences as well as developing learners understanding and appreciation of the environment that surrounds them. They aim to ensure learners have an understanding of their own emotions, values and thinking. Through P4C and the COSMIC curriculum they can explore their role in the wider world and develop their personal and social understanding.
All of the teaching staff are committed to creating special learning experiences that enable learners to question the environment, their emotional wellbeing, roles in society and to explore their understanding of the wider curriculum. The staff support learners, helping them to answer their own questions, to address misconceptions and to deepen their knowledge. The COSMIC sessions allow learners space and time to develop and embed their knowledge of the wider curriculum and of themselves. Staff use questioning to challenge as well as to assess the learners understanding of subjects that we cover.
The teaching staff have high expectations of the learners and continually foster independence, discovery, exploration and investigation. They encourage learners to try hard and seek to reward positive attitudes to learning. They are determined to ensure that all of the learners can achieve well and that these achievements are celebrated.
The COSMIC team continually deepen their own understanding of the subjects that we cover. The staff all have a passion for learning outside, environmental subjects, wellbeing and social skills. They share their passions with the learners and hope to inspire a passion in them that will stay with them beyond their education at Warren Park.
Learning the COSMIC Way
Over their time in COSMIC the learners are exposed to activities that nurture resilience, encourage team work and spark intellectual curiosity. Our learners develop these skills during their lessons and can use these skills back in the classroom environment. The team ensure that all learners have opportunities to be successful and to be challenged. All learners have access to the teaching staff’s knowledge as well as resources to support their inquisitiveness. Staff will support and seize opportunities to extend learners and develop their understanding.
Some learning will take place in classes, on trips and in a large wooded area of the school which is specifically used by the COSMIC team. The learners are introduced to the guidelines every year on how to keep safe and take care of others. The team continuously reinforce the guidelines and ensure that the learners are safe. They are supported with the management of their own behaviour during the early years and we slowly encourage self-management as they progress through the school. The team maintain a safe environment for the learners to explore risk, learning how to understand risk as well as how they can manage risk through behaviour and conduct.
The learning experiences in COSMIC time are developed from the National Curriculum and tailored to meet the changing needs of the children. The learners will be taught about Pre History, looking at Britain in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The team deliver activities that facilitate learning about the History through research and living archaeology. The learning is done chronologically so the children can build on their understanding and develop a sense of order of events.
The science that the learners experience in the COSMIC time is developed from the National Curriculum. The learners will experience activities and opportunities for investigation in ‘Animals and Humans’ and ‘Plants and Living Things’. These activities are designed to allow children to use the knowledge they have built in class lessons and test them in a new environment. The areas are broken up over the year giving us an opportunity to assess what learning has been embedded and to address any areas that need to be consolidated. The delivery of the lesson and the teacher questioning varies according to the year group being taught but the science activities are very similar for all ages. This creates opportunities for the learners to compare their successes, understanding and curiosities as a whole school.
Learners will have a different experience learning in COSMIC time. Many of our session are supported by both P4C and 6 Strands. These session aim to explore both our Warren Park Values the schools PSHE curriculum. The children learn how to listen, explore their own voice and develop their own views and opinions. One of our aims is to broaden the learner’s view of the world. They will be exposed to opportunities to question how they impact the world around them and how they can be a positive force in the world they live in.
At Warren Park Primary School, PSHE is an integral part of our school life. We believe that the personal, emotional and social development of all pupils is paramount. Every child has access to our bespoke PSHE curriculum which is delivered through our COSMIC curriculum The fundamentals of our curriculum is ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in The Wider World’.
The COSMIC curriculum allow the pupils to have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. Children have the opportunity to work outside, experience risk, work to improve the school and explore their local community. All of these experiences facilitate pupil’s character and prepares them to be a responsible, respectful and active citizen ready for life beyond Warren Park.
PSHE for our pupils goes beyond COSMIC lessons and intertwines through many aspects of our school life; including teacher expectation, pupil expectation, assemblies and Warren Park Values. Because of how we value PSHE, it supports our children to be in the best possible position to access and engage with the wider curriculum.
COSMIC provides regular PSHE sessions which are fundamental to our schools ethos and values. These sessions enable children to develop their voice through guided P4C lessons. In these P4C lessons children are taught how to express their opinions, to listen to others and enable them space to challenge viewpoints through questioning. This way of questioning encourages deeper thinking and a wider view of the world we live in.
We use our ‘6 Strands’ to teach children social and emotional learning. The 6 Strands enables both teachers and children to use a common language when learning about social and emotional learning. Children are encouraged to reflect on emotions and how they affect them; teachers can then guide the children in how to understand and act upon emotions and behavior. COSMIC session facilitates a safe space for children to explore; risk and boundaries, resilience and problem solving, focus and mindset, respect for themselves and others, self-regulation and independence.
RSE forms part of the PSHE/COSMIC sessions. We currently deliver a whole school package once a year to all year groups. During this session, as well as delivering a specific program of study, we also use P4C to deepen understanding and explore questions. We create an opportunity for anonymous questions via a post box system.
to create a bespoke PSHE package, and to target all children affectively, we use ‘6 Strands’ to assess children’s development. This enables us to create year group targets for social and emotional learning as well as to highlight children who may require additional support. This assessment enables the COSMIC team to adapt teaching to support the specific needs of the children. The COSMIC team use this to reflect on the impact of teaching and to make changes to teaching plans.
Beyond Learning in Outside Classroom
As well as teaching the curriculum we aim to teach positive attitudes. The teaching staff nurture the idea of ownership of the school and its outside classroom. All learners and visitors to our area of the school are held accountable to the animals and wildlife that live and grow there. Learners are taught that the area is a man-made feature and therefore they are responsible for its upkeep and protection. Our learners grow a deep respect for the nature and apply their knowledge to keeping it safe. Learners are given opportunities to help maintain areas and we always choose to discuss any damage done, reflecting on its impact to the nature and the learning in the Outside Classroom. We hope to encourage a respect for nature that extends beyond our boundaries and time at our school.
The teaching staff seek events in the local community where we can get involved with projects and competitions. We have a good relationship with local schools, farms and agencies; we frequently share good practices and celebrate achievements with them. Our learners have a sense of pride of our outside classroom and are always willing to share that with others.
Impact and Evaluation
The COSMIC team use assessment for 6 Stands and the Wider Curriculum to ensure all children are accessing the curriculum successfully. We use this assessment throughout the year to enable us to evaluate the impact of the lessons as well as to ensure coverage and understanding. Each year the COSMIC team uses this information to feed into class assessments of the children. The 6 Strands assessment is used as target setting for classes but also to highlight children who may need additional support with their social and emotional learning. Two members of the COSMIC team also form part of the wellbeing team and are able to use this information to assist with intervention and support.