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Phonics: We use and adapt the Read Write Inc scheme to teach Phonics throughout the school

Whole School Curriculum Overview 2017-2018


Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2



Summer 1

D &T

Summer 2

What makes Modern

Britain Great?


All about ME


Animals of the world


A world of Imagination

People who help us

Year 1

The Golden Age of Pirates

1600 - 1750


Super heroes save the world

Around the World

Nature Detectives -

Pond and Wood

Wonderful Weymouth -

The Seaside

Looking after our World.

Year 2

Castles and Medieval Britain 1066-1500

Hans Holbein

Medieval Pottery


Tortoise’s Dream

Africa drumming



Our Caring Community -CHARITY

Year 3

Britain during WW2




Brazilian 'Carnaval'

Through the Ages

British Architecture

and fashion

Year 4

The Tudors


Ed Chapman


Traditional French songs


British Diversity and Citizenship - What does it mean to be British?

Year 5

Groovy Greeks

500 B.C. -150 A.D.

Henry Moore/ Clarice Cliff



Planets -

Gustav Holst


British Democracy - The

British Rule of Law

Year 6

Ancient Egypt

3000 B.C.

The Art Of Ancient Egypt

Coasts and Rivers

Chesil Schools Singing performance


My Future in Modern



Our Curriculum Statement


At Chickerell Primary we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. In addition to acquiring skills and knowledge, we aim to help the children to grow in confidence and maturity so that they can enter secondary school, and later, adulthood with the ability to pursue wholeheartedly, academic, social, sporting and cultural activities.


We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum guidelines issued by the DfE.

This National Curriculum comprises of three core subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science

And foundation subjects:

History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Religious Education and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)


The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Dorset approved 'Discovery' Syllabus.


At Chickerell Primary Academy we place great emphasis on Numeracy and Literacy as these underpin many of the other aspects of the taught curriculum.


To ensure complete Curriculum coverage we have a half termly curriculum focus where all the key skills for that subject area are taught through topic work.

We Promote British Values

At Chickerell Primary Academy, we actively promote British Values.

In June 2014, the DfE reinforced the need  for “all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”


Chickerell actively promotes British Values. As defined by the government, these are the values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.


We promote British Values in the following ways:


  • Our School Council promotes the democratic process – pupils nominate and vote for their representatives within the School Council.  The council meets fortnightly. Reps feedback to their peers and bring any suggestions back to the school council meetings.
  • Children create and adhere to class codes of conduct.  All children and staff took part in writing the Class and Playground charters.
  • Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways (suggestion boxes, questionnaires, e-safety group).

Individual Liberty

  • Children are provided with boundaries which encourage them to make choices safely.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respectfully express their views and beliefs.
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities within school, such as: School Council, librarians, playground buddies and office assistants.
  • Pupils have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our PSHE AND RE lessons.
  • Pupils know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others, e.g. teachers, support team, classroom worry boxes.

Respect of those of different faith and beliefs

  • We celebrate major world religion festivals throughout the year in school assemblies and in class.
  • Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others.
  • We provide resources to ensure that all pupils are effectively integrated into the teaching and learning process and the wider school community, including those that join at different starting points and those who have English as an additional language.

Mutual Respect

  • Pupils work in teams, share ideas in public and show respect for other pupils’ opinions during class discussions and assemblies.
  • School rules and Class Charters reinforce mutual respect.
  • All members of the school community treat each other with respect and model this in behaviour with colleagues and pupils.
  • The adult and children’s charters promote respect and are displayed in all areas of the school.
  • Pupils work together in different groups and situations in different lessons and subjects.
  • All pupils participate in live productions and class assemblies throughout the school year.

The Rule of Law

  • We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour and a Whistle Blowing policy which is adhered to by all pupils, staff and other stakeholders.
  • School collective worship follow regular themes and include e-safety, road safety, stranger danger and caring for the environment.
  • Attendance and punctuality is good and all stakeholders are aware of the importance of being at school.
  • Pupils follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations, i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground.
  • Pupils are awarded weekly certificates in recognition of their learning behaviours.
  • Visits from emergency services and other professionals, reinforces the rule of law and the reasoning/purpose behind them.
  • The school supports pupils in regulating their own behaviour to make choices for the well-being of themselves and others.

A look back to 2016

Design and Technology in action

Visiting musicians

Inviting outside agencies to enhance our curriculum experiences is of great importance to us at Chickerell Primary Academy.

Year 2 will be having an African drumming workshop.

Year 3 will be having a  'Tamboo Bamboo' workshop, an energetic music style from Trinidad and Tobago.

Year 4 will be visited by 'Brass Tacks' a local brass band to learn about traditional British Brass Band music.




Whole School Art - Autumn Term 

This Half Term our whole school Art focus will concentrate on the style of Famous Artists.

Each year group has chosen an artist to study and will learn about their lives and careers but most importantly the art work which made them famous. Pupils will be taught their style and techniques to create their own original art work. The five key areas of the Art National Curriculum are Drawing, Painting, Collage, 3D art and Printing.

All pupils will have opportunities to explore all of these areas this half term as well as beginning to appreciate that being an Artist can be a career in Modern Britain.




Examples of Famous Artist's Work- Ask your child which one they are studying.

Whole School Art Exhibition


Take a look at the masterpieces we have created this half term.

Whole School History Day- A Journey Through Time- Present day - 500 B.C.

What a day! Over 200 families joined us to celebrate our journey through time. From the Ancient Greeks to World War 2 the children have taught us so many interesting Historical facts about their topic.



Our History Topics in Chronological Order

Our History Topics in Chronological Order 1

Go to the Photo Gallery or Year Group pages to see more photos of our History Day.

Child Led Learning

At the beginning of each topic the children are asked what they would like to learn. The class teacher will then incorporate the pupil's ideas as well as ensuring that the key skills for the curricular focus is fully covered. Therefore the children feel that they have choices in  their learning.