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Chickerell Primary Academy


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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, with the ability to pursue wholeheartedly, academic, social, sporting and cultural activities.


The Curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all teaching staff with the pupil's best interest at the heart of every decision we make.It is regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with DfE guidelines, the School Improvement Plan,recommendations from OFSTED  and following consultation with governors, parents, children and  teaching staff.  .

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. 


To make our education relevant to the world the children live in today and their wider experiences, we also incorporate the following key aspects of Global Citizenship learning:

Social Justice and Equity; Diversity and Identity; Globalisation and Interdependence; Peace and Conflict; Environment.


The Curriculum is delivered through our creative, cross-curricular topics with an increased focus on more specialised key skills teaching.


Additional theme weeks and special whole school event days for the whole school provide further in-depth coverage of PSHE and Rights Respecting Curriculum, e.g. Anti-Bullying Week, Fairtrade Fortnight, Outdoor Learning Day.


Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through promotion of the outdoor curriculum, off-site visits, visitors into school and shared experiences with the wider school community, such as the Christmas community party, weekly care home visits and joint activities with other local schools.


Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, school website, displays in classrooms and shared areas, interactive displays and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge and successes with the rest of the school.

Whole School Curriculum Overview 


Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2



Summer 1

D &T

Summer 2

What makes Modern

Britain Great?


My life


Animals of the world


A world of Imagination

People who help us

Year 1



Ian Cook

Super heroes save the world

Around the World

Food in familiar stories.

Wonderful Weymouth -

The Seaside

Looking after our World.

Year 2

Castles and Medieval Britain 1066-1500

Hans Holbein



Tortoise’s Dream

Africa drumming



Our Caring Community -CHARITY

Year 3

World War 2

Victorian Artist and Design

William Morris


Brazilian 'Carnaval'

Through the Ages

British Architecture

and fashion

Year 4

The Tudors

Roman Mosaic Ed Chapman- Mosaic


Traditional French songs

A taste of the world

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 Civilisations

Ancient Egyptian Art

Coasts and Rivers

Chesil Schools Singing performance

Puppets- a toy for my buddy

My Future in Modern



Autumn 2019- HISTORY

The whole school Curriculum focus will be History. The key skills for learning in the History National Curriculum is split into 5 areas- Chronological Understanding, knowledge and understanding of past event, people and changes in the past, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication. Weekly History lessons will cover all 5 areas.



Spring 2

This half term the Whole School Curriculum focus is Music.


Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music
  • The study of famous Musicians styles and techniques underpin our Music teaching that also links to the History topic in a year group.


We believe that it is important for pupils to learn the cultural, social and religious importance of Music in history with an understanding that being a Musician has been and can be a successful career.




Art Topics Autumn 2018

Reception- Kandinksy. Pupils use Kandinsky's work to explore the use of shape and colour.

Year 1- Art with Toys. Pupils will explore how toys can be used to print. Ian Cook is a contemporary artist who uses toy cars to create amazing pieces of work titled 'POP BANG COLOUR' #artwithcars.

Year 2- Medieval Portraiture. Pupils with develop precision drawing skills and colour mixing to create portraits in the style of Hans Holbein who famously painted Henry VIII and his wives.

Year 3- William Morris. The famous British Victorian textile designer created hundreds of furnishing designs, predominantly wall paper. Pupils will learn how he would have produced his designs and explore their own drawing and printing styles using Morris techniques.

Year 4- Roman Mosaic. Pupils will look at Roman mosaic styles and develop their collage techniques to emulate the traditional mosaic style. Ed Chapman is a contemporary artist specialising in mosaic of famous people. The Year 4 pupils will be exploring the similarities and differences between the art form spanning 2000 years.

Year 5- Greek Pottery. Pupils will study the ancient style created by the Greeks of black and red clay urns. Their 3D art skills will develop the process of pattern making. They will also make 3D portraits of Greek mythological creatures linked to their History and English work.

Year 6 - Ancient Egyptian Art. Pupils will study the purpose and detail of Death masks in order to design and create their own original piece.


  Here are the artists being studied this half term. Do you recognise them?

Examples of work studied by pupils this half term.

The curriculum and how we teach it

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.


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

Key Stage One Phonics Overview - We use the Read Write Inc scheme that we have adapted to fit our needs to teach Phonics.

School Swimming Charter