- Our Curriculum Intent Statement is underpinned by The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust Curriculum Intent and simply sets out the principles of our curriculum.
- To find out more about how we structure the curriculum across the school to ensure the National Curriculum is taught and is tailored to the needs of our pupils please have a look at our Curriculum Intent and Progression Plans for each subject. These documents will demonstrate how our curriculum in coherently planned and sequenced and builds on prior learning. They set out what pupils will learn and when. You can also see how ‘The Churchfield Child’ strand is woven through to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of our children.
- To see the learning opportunities planned for pupils, please see the Year Group Learning Quest and Curriculum Plans. Teachers will update these each term so that you can see what your children will be doing. You may be able to plan some visits or conversations and activities at home to support them.
- For detailed information about our approach to the teaching of reading, phonics, writing and maths please see the relevant documents below.
Churchfield Curriculum Intent Statement:
- It is tailored to meet the needs of Churchfield school, its context within a rural seaside setting and its pupils, a large percentage of whom are drawn from an area of high social deprivation.
- It is rooted in the needs of our community, drawing on local culture and heritage. An example of this is celebrating local culturally significant traditions such as Carnival, learning about local heroes such as Frank Foley and participating in the local Highbridge Festival.
- Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place through a comprehensive programme of external visits and visitors and additional opportunities through the Churchfield Explorers Programme.
- Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding through our PRAISE values and the development of a contextually relevant curriculum.
- Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our Christian values. These are exemplified through our PRAISE values throughout the school and are celebrated in collective worship and through the curriculum.
- Is ambitious for all pupils and provides additional opportunities to inspire ambition within our pupils, a large percentage of whom do not currently aspire to higher education.
- Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual.
- Secures pupils' core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with additional learning needs or disabilities.
- Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond.
- Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils through carefully considered Learning Quests and contextually specific learning opportunities to develop ‘The Churchfield Child’, including experiences and visits as part of our Explorers program.
- Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments.
The curriculum is intended to enable pupils to:
- Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development.
- Understand and apply Christian values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others.
- Demonstrate positive behaviour that reflects the core Christian values of the Trust.
- Have a sense of belonging to their community and an understanding of local traditions such as carnival, the importance of tourism to the local economy and the shaping of their local towns.
- Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences.
- Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend.
- Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society through attendance at community Remembrance events, learning about and donating food to the local food bank and taking part in a volunteering project to plant bulbs and wildflowers at a local park widely used within the school community.
- Be well prepared for life in modern Britain by participating in democratic votes for school council elections and holding a Churchfield general election and worship focused on our PRAISE values including those led by visiting clergy to build tolerance and respect of those with different faiths and none.
- Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment through access to appropriately differentiated learning opportunities and pre and post teaching sessions across the school day.
- Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage. This is supported through our ‘Churchfield Child’ Strand woven through our curriculum, which ensures equality of access for all pupils to cultural opportunities and knowledge which may not otherwise be accessed by some of our pupils from socially and economically deprived backgrounds. An example of this can be seen in our Geography curriculum. Teaching of the location of Highbridge within the UK, the countries of the United Kingdom, continents, seas and capital cities is repeated and expanded each year. This addresses an identified deficit in pupils’ knowledge and understanding of key features of both human and physical geography within the UK and beyond as well as the position of Highbridge within the wider world (county, country and continent).
- Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage.
- Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible. Our school outcomes are not meeting this aim at present and therefore has focused action plans in place to bring about rapid improvement. These include fostering a love of reading to underpin improved reading and comprehension skills and developing children’s fluency in times table facts and number bonds to underpin improved calculation and problem - solving skills.
- Articulate their hopes and aspirations for their future. The school plans to broaden children’s aspirations for their future through visits to and from universities, participation in Young Enterprise competitions and inviting members of the local and wider community (including past pupils) to speak with pupils about their jobs and education.
Curriculum Intent and Progression Plans
Our recovery curriculum will enable teachers to identify strengths and gaps in children’s knowledge and understanding in all subjects, with a clearly structured plan for addressing these gaps. Where objectives are progressive from year to year, for example the progression in teaching of addition, teachers will continue to use assessment for learning to identify children’s level of understanding and what their next steps in learning are. Where needed, this will involve teaching a previous year’s objective before progressing on to the current year’s learning.
Where objectives are taught discretely within one year group, planning has taken place to ensure that the objective will be covered at an appropriate point before the end of the Key Stage. On the curriculum progression documents, this is indicated in red font.
Year Group Learning Quest and Curriculum Plans 2019/2020
National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Below please find the the explanation of how we teach reading (including phonics) and writing across the school.
Reading and Phonics at Churchfield
Writing at Churchfield
Maths at Churchfield
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.
Children 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.
This enables the class teacher or teaching assistant to adjust the learning journey in order to target the needs of individual children through further challenge or individualised support.
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.
Teachers meet each short term with SLT to ensure that any barriers to learning or challenges are identified to maximise the learning of all children.
We will share targets with you each term at parent teacher meetings or in end of year reports.
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.