At Churchfields we strive to nurture every child, and provide firm foundations for our children to become confident, independent learners.
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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, modern-day topics appealing to all ages of primary children, such as ‘Time Detectives’, ‘Airports’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Inventions and Machines’ and ‘Global Swapshop’. 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 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 ‘Letters and Sounds’. More information about this scheme can be found at www.letters-and-sounds.com. The following document provides additional information on supporting your child at home with phonics
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.
In Years one to six, objectives are taught from the National Curriculum 2014. More information and coverage across the year can be found in the following documents:
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.