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Churchfield Church School

Learn to love, Love to learn

Curriculum

We aim to make learning interesting and relevant to our children by providing a broad and balanced curriculum both in school and in opportunities out of school hours.

National Curriculum for Keystage 1 and Keystage 2

Foundation Stage

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.

 

 

Reading, Writing and 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.

 

We are currently using School Pupil Tracker Online to assess the children against the 2014 curriculum, progressing to use Scholar Pack assessment. Below are the statements that we teach to and assess against each year.

Below please find the the explanation of how we teacher reading (including phonics) and writing across the school.

Religious Education

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.

 

PE

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.

 

Music

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.

 

PSHE

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.

 

 

WRITING

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.

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