Churchfields’ Curriculum 2016/17
At Churchfields we are committed to presenting the majority of the National Curriculum through themed units of work from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The thematic units of learning are all child-friendly, modern-day topics that are designed to appeal to all ages of primary children, and the themes include ‘Time Detectives’, ‘Airports’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Inventions and Machines’ and ‘Global Swapshop’. The theme enables young children to remain motivated through the learning of Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Society. It also allows them to make purposeful links and connections throughout their learning and to see how the subject they’re studying relates to the world they live in. Within each theme, there are ideas for collaborative learning, for active learning, for learning outside the classroom, for role play, and also for the children to learn from each other. It is a comprehensive curriculum, with a clear process of learning, and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness.
Each topic begins with a ‘Wow!’ day, which seeks to quickly immerse children in the topic in a way that is exciting and motivating. These days are funded by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and typically involve children from both bases coming together for a trip or visitor. Wow! days provide impetus for learning that lasts throughout the whole of the topic.
English skills are taught daily as a discrete subject and applied in a variety of contexts throughout the curriculum. Children are taught skills relating to their needs, and are given opportunities to reinforce, develop and use these skills in writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting. There is an emphasis on reading and developing a love of books.
Mathematics is also taught each day as a discrete subject and applied in a variety of contexts. Mathematical thinking is developed through problem solving and an investigative approach. Children are taught skills related to their needs and are given the opportunity to reinforce, develop, and use these skills.
Science skills are taught through themed blocks of work. We encourage an enquiring mind and provide opportunities for investigating, experimenting, observing and researching topics.
Computing (ICT) is an integral part of the curriculum. There is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom, and both sites have a bank of laptops, iPads and Kindles to use in the classrooms to support aspects of all curriculum areas. Coding is delivered using Espresso Coding, as it provides a comprehensive scheme of learning which ensures consistent and progressive learning of the appropriate skills and knowledge of computer programming. Coding invites pupil interactivity by allowing children to create exciting apps which can be published and shared, practise bug testing, and improve the apps they have made, as outlined in the National Curriculum.
French skills are taught weekly to KS2. This gives them the opportunity to study French culture, and develop language learning skills through songs, games, conversation and written work.
Physical education and sport are taught throughout the school. We offer a full range of activities comprising gymnastics, games, athletics, dance and swimming. Our school takes part in a range of tournament and coaching activities run by local PE coaches throughout the year. PE is also taught by an outside provider on a weekly basis.
Forest School sessions are taught at both sites. We have developed the school grounds in order to provide high-quality Forest School activities that teach the children about caring for, managing and understanding the environment. Forest School supports and enhances the Statutory Curriculum, and will also have a strong emphasis on raising children’s self-esteem, independence and confidence.
Religious Education follows the scheme supported by the Diocese of Salisbury. Our Mission statement is Proud, happy learners at the heart of our community. At Churchfields we strive to nurture every child’s gift, and to that end wee provide firm foundations for our children to become confident, independent learners. Churchfields provides the highest standard of education within a safe and caring environment, underpinned by the Christian values of friendship, honesty and mutual respect.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Citizenship provide the children with the tools they need to develop into well-balanced individuals. PSHE and our church values form part of daily school life – for example, what makes a good friend, how to deal with difficult situations, and being a good citizen.
Our curriculum fosters children’s development of skills, such as independence, collaborative working, critical thinking and knowledge, and makes learning exciting, active and meaningful.