Our Curriculum is built around the 2014 National Curriculum Programmes of Study and EYFS Development Matters. It is underpinned by our learning philosophies of the Rights Respecting Curriculum and Growth Mindset. We believe that children learn best when they are confident to ‘have a go’ and understand that they can learn from mistakes. We want children to know themselves as learners and how best to learn. We also believe that children learn well when they are engaged and excited about what they are learning.
At Churchfield, children are helped to develop a love of reading, clear phonic strategies and taught to be skilful and imaginative writers.
Read Write Inc
In EYFS and KS1 we teach English, including phonics using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme.
When using RWI to read, the children will:
- learn that sounds are represented by written letters;
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/ letter groups using simple picture prompts;
- learn how to blend sounds;
- learn to read using Fred Talk;
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out; and
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
Literacy and Language
In Years 2 – 6 we use the Literacy and Language scheme, which is an in-depth English programme designed to develop children into confident speakers and willing writers. During English lessons, children have the opportunity to develop their spoken language capabilities and improve their listening skills through a wide range of activities.
We further enhance this development through:
- Small focused groups;
- 1:1 interventions;
- Specialist programs;
- Big Write;
- Creating a love of reading and writing for purpose and pleasure.
The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence.
We firmly believe that language is the key to learning within our environment. Reading, speaking, listening and writing are closely linked and that is, on the whole, how they are treated within the school. We recognise the need for all pupils to speak, read and write Standard English fluently and accurately, while acknowledging that a pupil’s own dialect, or other language is of prime importance.
The curriculum in our school gives a high profile to reading for pleasure. We acknowledge children access stories, poems and other texts when their minds and imaginations are fully engaged. We have found that immersing children in a range of creative activities before reading means that they are fully prepared, and excited, about the reading journey ahead of them.
We have a well resourced library that children visit every week to choose rich texts to read at home.
In the Early years we encourage children to read their mark making to adults and this Emergent Writing is valued and displayed. Writing is also integrated into Phonics sessions to ensure children can link sounds to letters. Children continue to develop their skills through Shared Writing, Modelled Writing, Independent and Guided Writing. As they develop in knowledge and confidence, children are encouraged to write at greater length, in a wider range of forms and for a range of purposes. The systematic teaching of spelling and handwriting improves the accuracy of their work.
Children will be taught to:
- segment words into their constituent phonemes and represent these using letters;
- use a range of approaches to spell irregular words; write independently and creatively for purpose, pleasure and learning;
- make stylistic choices about their writing, including vocabulary and use of structural, grammatical and presentational features;
- use a range of punctuation correctly;
- use different styles of handwriting for different purposes with a range of media, developing a consistent and personal legible style;
- select from a wide range of ICT programs to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas.
Please click here to download and view Long term literacy and phonics in EYFS.
Attention is paid throughout the school to the formal structures of English, grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling (See details in Teaching guide for the grammar into writing philosophy: – year by year progression in writing).
To support our teaching of writing we use the Renewed Framework, New Curriculum and Ros Wilson’s strategies. Teachers model writing strategies and the use of phonics and spelling strategies in shared writing sessions. Guided writing sessions are used to target specific needs of both groups and individuals, whilst children have opportunities to write at length in extended independent writing sessions at the end of each unit.
The children are given frequent opportunities in school to write in different contexts using quality texts as a model and for a variety of purposes and audiences. There are many opportunities for children to improve their writing inspired by drama techniques and film clips. They may be asked to produce their writing on their own or as part of group. Children will also be given the opportunity to use ICT for their writing.
We aim to develop the children’s ability to produce well structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear and which engages the interest of the reader.
We encourage children to develop fluent, clear and legible joined up writing. In EYFS children are taught to print letters and form them correctly. From Year 1 children are taught a cursive script, using Letter Join. Children work hard to achieve a pen licence in KS2; this encourages them to take care in their presentation and pride in their work.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children are taught numbers, shape, space and measure. They are encouraged to explore these areas through nursery rhymes, stories, role-play and a range of practical activities, in both the indoor and outdoor learning environments. Quality provision in maths is provided and child initiated play is observed and supported by staff in order to move pupils on immediately.
We use Numicon to support children’s concepts of numbers and information on this can be found by clicking here
We use Maths no problem from Years 1 – 6. This approach incorporates the use of resources, problem solving and group work, the Primary Series is child-centred and fun to teach. With a focus on teaching maths for mastery, the series is designed to improve the maths confidence of both teachers and learners.
The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.
Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. For advanced learners, the textbooks also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills.
Some children will work in smaller groups with a skilled adult to enable them to learn the parts of the programme they may have missed previously.
Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding, based on Richard Skemp’s work.
Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) Approach
Based on Jerome Bruner’s work, pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign.
The questions and examples are carefully varied by expert authors to encourage pupils to think about the maths. Rather than provide mechanical repetition, the examples are designed to deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions.
The wider curriculum
From September we will be following the International Primary Curriculum. We are currently updating our curriculum maps and we look forward to sharing more information about our new approach in September.
Science objectives will be taught and linked to each core text, with the aim of making more obvious links to everyday life so that children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the use of science today and for the future.
The Science Curriculum aims to encourage children to understand how science can be used to explain: what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. A key focus of the curriculum is to ensure that children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of nature, process and methods of science through an ‘Enquiry Based’ approach, which will help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
A couple of key topic areas will be repeated throughout each year group including: Working Scientifically (observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping and fair testing) and Living things and their habitats, which allows for continuous progression of blocks of knowledge throughout the key stages.
The principle focus of teaching Science teaching in Key Stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things. A key focus of their learning will be their ability to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from a range of data.
Children’s love and engagement in science will be enhanced and fostered in the classroom by the use of interactive science areas, stimulating displays and high quality resources to support their investigative skills.
At Churchfield, humanities includes the teaching of both history and geography. Although humanities skills are taught in discrete lessons, humanities topics are taught cross-curricular throughout the school day. This allows children to constantly progress in their knowledge about history and geography – applying their understanding in all subjects.
Humanities topics are linked to the core text that the children study and are changed on a half termly basis. Topics taught include both history and geography objectives, however often have a leaning to either Geography or History. Therefore, in every year group pupils learn an equal weighting of geography and history. In addition to this, every humanities topic has a social justice slant and is linked to a Big Idea. The Big Ideas promote the development of children into global, rights respecting citizens and critical thinkers.
These big ideas are:
Identity, belonging and difference
Globalisation and the Global Village
Learning from Other Places and Times
Conflict Resolution and justice
Open and Closed Minds
In our curriculum, children learn a broad and rich history curriculum that spans the years from pre-history to the modern day. There is a strong focus on chronological understanding and how historical events fit within time. In addition to the national curriculum statutory subjects, we also incorporate relevant topics for children to engage in critical discussion around, such as: apartheid in South Africa and World War Two.
There is a strong focus on locational knowledge in our Geography curriculum, especially in Key Stage 1. Our social justice themes also mean that children engage extensively with human geography – contemplating the modern world and human’s interaction within it.
At Churchfield, we believe that understanding one another’s religion is imperative for our pupils. We follow the Enfield SACRE’s Agreed Syllabus, which covers the six major religions of: Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.
.Each half term, pupils learn about one of the six major religions listed above. Learning objectives within RE lessons focus on both “Learning from religion” and “Learning about religion.
Each year, pupils visit a religious place of worship to understand the practices of either their own or others’ religions. This is with the aim that pupils will have visited all six major religion’s places of worship by the time they leave primary school.
Key Stage 2 pupils have a 45 minute French lesson each week. Their results have been “très bons!” French is taught to all of Year 3 and to one Year 4 class. There will be a French Lunchtime club for all other Key Stage 2 pupils which will rotate on a half termly basis.
The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages.
We teach the children to know and understand how to:
- ask and answer questions;
- use correct pronunciation and intonation;
- memorise words;
- interpret meaning;
- understand basic grammar;
- use dictionaries;
- work in pairs and groups, and communicate in the other language;
- look at life in another culture.
PE is taught for two hours every week by our teachers. The aim of our PE curriculum is that pupils develop a good understanding of how to live fit and healthy lives, whilst encouraging an enjoyment of competitive sports. We achieve this by following the Enfield schemes of work and teaching children the skills needed to develop their talents in field, net and invasion games. We also provide a great deal of after School sports clubs including Football (boys and girls), Netball, Athletics, Fitness Club and Cricket.
Art is linked to each core text and supports other subjects in the National Curriculum. It is taught for one or two hours a week by an art specialist and main classroom teachers. Drawing is an important area in the art curriculum but at Churchfield we cover other areas such as Painting, Printing, 3D work, Textile and Collage. The aim is to encourage children to observe the world around us and other man made artefacts from different period of time as well as to learn to express themselves through the use of images. Children are introduced to artists both from the past and present and learn to analyse, talk about their work and work on their style as a starting point of the Art projects. In KS1 and KS2 children are mostly encouraged to manipulate different materials creatively, to experiment with a variety of art mediums and are introduced to different techniques according to their age and abilities. Children produce work about colour, form, line, shape and space, texture and pattern.
Children have access to music across all key stages at Churchfield. The music curriculum provides children with an opportunity develop their love of music and talent, increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Class teachers and a music specialist teach the formal curriculum. Children also have access instrumental lessons via the music service and music specialist, and a range of afterschool activities including choirs and music appreciation.
Computing objectives are taught discretely at Churchfield using the “Switched on Computing” programme of study which includes the new core elements of programming and computational thinking from the National Curriculum. Each year children cover six units of work, one each half term. Computing also filters throughout the subjects in the form of research and publishing but in order to meet the new computing requirements discrete programming lessons are required.
This programme of study provides pupils with clear progression of skills from EYFS through to Year 6 and embeds e-Safety to ensure pupils safe and responsible use of technology.