What we teach and why we teach it
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's natural curiosity 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 'secondary ready', 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.
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.