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Charfield School


At Charfield Primary we follow the National Curriculum through a thematic approach whilst also ensuring discrete teaching time is allocated to the key skills areas in English and Mathematics.

Further information on the National curriculum can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum 


Our thematic approach has been developed in partnership with the other primaries in our trust and is called the CSET Primary Concept Curriculum.

It's core aims are to enable children to be:

  • ambitious, curious learners - ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • innovative contributors - ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • ethical, informed global citizens - ready to be citizens of the world.
  • heathy, resilient individuals - equipped to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.

The delivery of our school curriculum is fully inclusive for all learners and fully meets the duties outlined in the Equalities Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Regulations 2014. Themes are planned to enthuse and engage children in their learning. Extra support or resources are provided as appropriate.

More information about what is being studied each term can be found on the class pages here:  Classes

Key skills areas:


Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education, therefore, provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 

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

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non- routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

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

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

We currently use Letters and Sounds to support the teaching of phonics but from September 2022 will use Essential Letters and Sounds (a DfE approved Structured Synthetic Phonics Programme) : https://essentiallettersandsounds.org/

Educating the Whole Child

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is at the heart of our curriculum and we believe pupils need to develop high-esteem and the ability to think well in order to achieve in all other areas of the curriculum. We teach PSHE through the JIGSAW curriculum.

We use our school values and aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We provide opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that prepare our pupils for life. We equip our pupils with the skills and personal qualities that will enable them to become successful and effective members of society.

Links between curriculum subjects are made when and where appropriate to make learning more meaningful. However, subjects will be taught discretely (separately) when staff decide this approach will provide better outcomes. For example within some areas of our PE curriculum opportunities are provided through discrete teaching in order for the children to develop their physical skills in a range of Dance, Gymnastics and Games lessons. Furthermore, our RE curriculum is taught according to through a locally agreed syllabus.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught through our Jigsaw curriculum. In 2020/21 we shared both an overview of our scheme and the related policy as part of our consultation process and this was used to inform our wider approach to organising content. In addition to this initial consultation we send an overview letter each year to all parents prior to the Changing Me unit (which covers the majority of the RSE learning). This is used to ensure families are annually reminded how content is covered at different stages of school and supports our ongoing consultation process and support of families. The latest RSE policy can be found here: https://www.charfieldschool.org.uk/Policies/