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Charfield School

Curriculum

The National Curriculum

In September 2014, a new primary, national curriculum was introduced.

We teach our core subjects in line with the National Curriculum (2014) and enrich pupils learning by making purposeful links between subjects wherever possible. We achieve this through the delivery of stimulating topics throughout the year.

We want all pupils to develop an enthusiastic, positive attitude to life, the resilience to solve problems and collaboration skills that allow them to work with others. We want all our pupils to approach the process of learning with confidence and independence, gaining a broad knowledge of all subject areas. The delivery of our school curriculum is fully inclusive for all learners. Extra support or resources are provided as appropriate.

Maths

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. 

English

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.

The Topic Approach

Charfield staff work together to carefully plan the curriculum to ensure we provide children with a stimulating, broad and balanced education.

The foundation subjects are taught through topics which last for the length of a term, sometimes this will cover two terms. Children learn in a variety of ways, therefore we plan topics that will enthuse and engage. The topics often start or end with an exciting visit, visitor or activity which get the children involved and eager to find out more.

Children map out what they already know about a topic before generating questions about what they would like to find out about next. Links between subjects are made, so if the topic is history based, ‘What was life like in Victorian Bristol?’, the children will develop their learning through art, computing, design-technology, drama, geography, writing, etc. Activities are designed to be stimulating and engaging so that all children can take part. We are aware that children learn in different ways and so ensure that what we provide is varied, active and engaging.

Educating the Whole Child

PSHE is at the heart of our curriculum and believes pupils need to develop high-esteem and the ability to think well in order to achieve in all other areas of the 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.