Chartridge Combined School

Chartridge Combined School

The Chartridge Curriculum

It is our aim to foster a love of learning in our children and to provide opportunities for them all to be inspired and achieve.  We know that our 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 believe strongly in the Growth Mindset philosophy which means that all of our children are given the opportunity and encouragement to succeed at whatever challenge they are faced with.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

The National Curriculum comprises of twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as 'core' and 'foundation' subjects.

CORE: English, Mathematics, Science & Religious Education

FOUNDATION: Art, Music, Geography, History, Computing, Design Technology, PSHE & Foreign Language (French)

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

Here you can see our Curriculum Overview for this year.  This is under constant review as we evaluate what has been effective for our children.  Teachers may choose to make changes as the year progresses.  Topics 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.

 Our Curriculum Topic Overview

Each term we enrich our curriculum with additional events which include visitors to school, day trips, residential visits away, sporting events and themed days.

Yr 2 visit Aylesbury Fire StationSnow day.

Learning maths outside

You can see many more pictures of all our Curriculum Enrichment activities on our Facebook page.  

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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 based on the Letters and  Sounds scheme.

Our Reading Scheme is bespoke to our school, made up of books from a range of publishers so that it suits our children’s interests.  Children are encouraged to regularly borrow 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 English lessons.

We teach writing through the Talk 4 Writing initiative which enables children to really develop their own skills.

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