Chartridge Combined School

Chartridge Combined School

Curriculum

Our curriculum, based on the expectations of the revised National Curriculum and the success of our previous Creative Curriculum, was launched in September 2014.

It has been designed to embrace the objectives of the 2014 National Curriculum but also allows our pupils to study through a series of exciting topics that lend themselves particularly to our school and locality or the children’s interests wherever possible.

Through our previous creative curriculum, we found that the children are enthusiastic and keen to learn particularly when given the opportunity to explore and appreciate how many of the subjects are related, through a thematic approach and within a meaningful context. We have attempted to embrace these same opportunities in our new curriculum.

Some of our topics for each class this year are shown below. These vary between either a term or half term in length and start with the children sharing their ideas and existing knowledge on the theme before discussing what they hope to learn and how.

Reception Dinosaurs, People Who Help Us, Minibeasts, Nursery Rhymes, Traditional Tales, Weather, Bears
Year 1    St Lucia, Toys, Houses & Homes
Year 2 Florence Nightingale, The Great Fire of London, The Seaside, The Local Area 
Year 3    Shelters, The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, The Water Cycle
Year 4     Ancient Egypt, The Mayans, Habitats, North & South America
Year 5   The Highway Man, Mountains, Space, Mosaics, The Romans, Saxons & Vikings
Year 6 Ancient Greece, Alaska, Electronic Toys, Childhood Through The Ages, The Isle of Wight

Each term we encourage ‘Wow’ days, such as visitors to school, day trips and residential visits away, and themed days. It is our aim to foster a love of learning in the children and to provide opportunities for them to all be inspired and achieve.

 

The Teaching of English and Reading

The basic skills of language development are speaking, listening, reading and writing.

In our Reception class children are provided with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen through role play, storytelling and drama activities. Children are encouraged to hear sounds in the environment and in words; preparing them for a phonic approach to reading and spelling. Books are shared as a whole class, encouraging pupils to discuss characters, setting, and features of the text and vocabulary. Pre-writing skills are practised starting with mark making and patterns, leading to basic letter formation and the start of handwriting.

In our Reception class and Key Stage 1, children learn to read and spell through daily synthetic phonic lessons.

‘Oxford Reading Tree’ is our core reading scheme throughout Key Stage 1 which is supplemented by some ‘Collins Big Cat’ Guided Reading books. Children are encouraged to regularly loan books from our school library or from their ‘class library’ to ensure they read a wide selection of texts.

Throughout the school, comprehension skills are taught through ‘Guided Reading’ sessions and through teacher-led activities in literacy lessons.

Teachers plan lessons following guidance from the English objectives in the National Curriculum,  however they seek opportunities to link texts, objectives and tasks to the theme or topic being taught that term.

The school runs a number of literacy interventions for those children who need extra support with their language development.

The Teaching of Mathematics

As a school, we use Pearson’s ‘Abacus’ scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum requirements for the teaching of mathematics.  This classwork is reinforced through homework activities, some of which are online.

Topics within mathematics at KS1 include Number (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions), Measurement (length, mass, capacity, time and money) Geometry (properties of shape, position and direction).  These topics are continued in KS2 with the addition of Statistics, Fractions (including decimals and percentages) and Ratio & Proportion.

In our Reception class children are provided with plenty of practical opportunities to explore number, shape, space and measurement through both adult directed tasks and independent activity. 

Education City

We also subscribe to Education City, an online learning support programme. This allows teachers to provide activities and resources for children in class and at home. These link directly with the National Curriculum and whatever topic the children have been covering in class, all in a bright and attractive style.

Click here to link to EDUCATION CITY