Here are the curriculum overviews for the different year groups:
National Curriculum for Keystage 1 and Keystage 2
When children start school they follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, a distinct phase of education covering seven areas of learning and development.
Play is recognised as a major way in which children learn in their early years and alongside structured teaching children are encouraged to develop their own learning through independent play.
Much thought is given to extending children’s imagination, creativity, problem-solving skills, personal skills and so on through the provision of stimulating play, experience both in and outdoors.
Literacy & Maths
We are following the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics. Children receive daily English and Maths lessons which focus on basic skills and ensure that they have a firm set of key skills to use in other areas of learning.
Please see below the grids outlining the key skills that your children will be taught in each year group – these are kept in the back of your children’s books where you will be able to see how well they are progressing.
We are using School Pupil Tracker Online to assess the children against the new curriculum. Below are the statements that we teach to and assess against each year.
The children have daily phonic lessons, in key stage 1 we use a programme called ‘Bug Club’ and in lower key stage 2 ‘Rapid Phonics’. Children have weekly Target Lessons in English and Mathematics where they work towards targets and progress through specific steps or bases. Please see the section named ‘Targets’.
We aim to develop a love and enthusiasm for books and reading from a very early age. Children bring home books to read throughout their time in school, have weekly guided reading lessons and when they are ready join the Accelerated Reading system which sets personal targets and regularly assesses how well they are doing.
For other subjects, year groups plan from the Chris Quiggly key skills materials, which outline the key skills that should be taught in each year group for each subject area.
Across the school we work towards an integrated curriculum that encompasses all areas of learning, making links between subjects and including reference to British Values were possible.
Topics are planned half termly ensuring that year groups cover the subject knowledge required as well as developing the children’s interests. Below you will find a grid which outlines the key areas to be covered in each year group, but specific topic names have not been included to allow for flexibility and following children’s interests.
We have found that this is the best way to enthuse children as they have ownership of their learning as they generate their own questions about what they would like to learn.
We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which includes learning about our Christian heritage as well as about all other faiths in multi-cultural Britain.
Religious Education is taught as a standalone subject across the school, however in all subjects children are encouraged to develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them and to reflect about their experiences.
We aim for them to deepen their understanding of who they are and the part that they can and will play in the world, developing a sense of purpose and love, care and respect for each other.
We believe that children learn best if they are fit and healthy so encourage a love and participation in PE. It is taught both by the class teachers and a trained sports coach.
Children can join a variety of after school clubs to develop their interest in PE and we participate in local competitions. Children are taught to swim in years 4 and 5.
Every child is taught Music by a specialist music teacher. They are encouraged to participate fully in the musical life of the school, as we believe that as well as developing their musical knowledge children can develop their self-esteem, social skills and confidence through music and the arts.
We encourage creativity and provide opportunities for the children to perform and present their learning throughout their time at Churchfield.
In all aspects of school life we aim to promote the personal and social development of children. We aim to develop an understanding of basic life skills, interpersonal skills and how to look after ourselves.
Children are taught to know and follow our PRAISE values as these are at the core of our school community.
Copies of the Governors’ Statement on Health and Sex Education, together with the Sex and Relationships Policy are available for parents to read.
ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS
In order for us to provide the right learning experiences for your children we need to know what they can do and what they have learned. We do this by making daily assessments about how well the children have learned during a lesson and planning the next steps of learning accordingly.
You will see evidence of this in the ‘diagnostic’ and ‘independent learning review’ work in your child’s numeracy work and hot and cold writes in their literacy books. The children know how well they have done and what they need to do next from both verbal feedback and the marking in their books. ‘Pink for think’ and ‘Green for great’.
As well as this ongoing assessment we need to keep a track of how they are doing against national standards and have half termly assessments to monitor this. This also informs the teacher as to what your child needs to learn next.
The grids mentioned previously are a record for you and your child of their progress and are updated at least once each half term.
The school is measured externally by the results of assessments at the end of year 2 and SAT’s tests at the end of year 6.
All children are tracked carefully to ensure that we are meeting their individual needs and to adapt what we do if progress is not made. We share these assessments and targets with you regularly so that we can work together to provide for your child’s needs.
ASSESSMENT WITHOUT LEVELS
You will have heard in the press much about the fact that the government are abolishing the current systems of using levels to measure children’s attainment, this year being the last year that they will be reported in this way. Every school is being allowed to develop their own system for tracking progress.
At Churchfield for this current academic year we have adapted the system that we already have in place which is based on point scores. It is likely that all the schools in the Multi Academy Trust will adopt a unified system for the next academic year and we will play a full part in those discussions and decisions.
TARGETS TARGETS TARGETS!
We have introduced a new system for helping children learn and remember basic skills in writing and number work. The children are excited about it are enthusiastic about their once weekly Target Lessons!
There are 12 bases which children have to cover. They are assessed for a starting point and then work up through the bases. Children have to demonstrate that they can do everything at their base at least 3 times in different contexts before moving onto the next base. Children should progress through at least two bases a year. You can help your child by practicing their base skills at home and will be invited into assembly to see them receive their certificate when they move up to the next base.
There are 13 steps which children have to cover: they are assessed for a starting point and then work up the steps. Children have to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills at their step in all their written work before moving up to the next step.
Children should progress through at least two steps a year.
You can help your child by practicing their step skills at home and will be invited into assembly to see them receive their certificate when they move up to the next step.