Learning at Churchfields

At Churchfields we are committed to securing the best outcomes for our pupils through quality learning experiences. Our curriculum is clear, comprehensive and progressive, addressing the requirements of the National Curriculum through specific learning goals for every subject, personal learning and international mindedness.

Our thematic learning units are exciting child-friendly topics appealing to all ages of primary children, such as ‘A Victorian Christmas’, ‘Fossil Finder’, ‘I’m Alive’ and ‘Hot Off the Press’. Every theme or topic is planned to ensure ample opportunities for collaboration, active learning, role play, and use of the outdoor environment. These enable children to remain motivated, and at the same time making purposeful connections throughout their learning while exploring how it 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.

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 the ‘Friends of Churchfields’, 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.

We pride ourselves at being at the forefront of innovative educational practice which, coupled with our small, nurturing environment, enables our staff to personalise the experiences they provide for every child.


We begin teaching phonics in Reception by using the Department for Education approved ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ scheme. More information about this scheme can be found on their website.

The following document provides additional information on supporting your child at home with phonics:

Please see our ‘Curriculum’ and ‘Policies’ pages for detailed information on our curriculum.