The Curriculum at Chaddlewood Primary School

At Chaddlewood we feel it is essential to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which offers the children a range of opportunities. We feel these opportunities should be fully preparing children for life and all its responsibilities and experiences; as well as ensuring they are meeting their potential in reading, writing and mathematics.

 In designing our approach to the new National Curriculum we wanted to take a more thematic approach than in previous plans and so year group teachers have planned fun, effective and interesting topics which ensure coverage of the new curriculum but in a thematic way. Not everything is new however! Teachers have kept the areas of learning that previously worked well and married them with new objectives. The result is the best of the old integrated with the new expectations of this National Curriculum.

Through these new topics, expectations of achievement remain high and we feel that children’s engagement with their learning will continue to support and promote the excellent behaviour that we already expect.

'Mastery' or depth of learning is a key focus with the curriculum and our planning is reflecting the need to teach in greater depth and move children on when they are secure in their understanding. A sound educational principle and one that we fully embrace.

We continue to use different approaches to assessment to inform our planning and enable us to focus learning and support exactly where it is needed; to ensure our children flourish and meet their potentials.

Assessment procedures and approaches remain a challenge and an area for review and evaluation but formative and summative assessment continues to underpin our judgements. Year 6 and Year 2 National Tests are also used to make and inform judgement of whether children have reached ARE, their Age Related Expectations, in reading, writing, maths and SPAG. (spelling, punctuation and grammar)

In this section are the year group topic webs that show the thematic approach coverage for each planned topic. These webs, when viewed across the year provide the broad, balanced and focused coverage of the new National Curriculum.

In tandem with this we have a programme of assemblies which promote our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and an RE coverage plan across the whole school which is broadly Christian but also focuses on other religions.

For more information please use the link below to the National Curriculum document.

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum