Churchfield’s SPRING curriculum is designed to create life-long learners who care about their world. It is a springboard to give our children the skills, knowledge and personal qualities to enable them to become whatever they want to be.
We are currently updating our curriculum pages on our website, to ensure that more relevant information is shared with all stakeholders. Some subjects have the draft pages for you to look at, and these will be all finalised and published in Autumn 2021.
In Design Technology each year we teach the skills of:
- ‘Designing’ – developing, planning and discussing ideas
- ‘Making’ – working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products
- ‘Evaluating’ – evaluating the process and the products created.
Throughout their time at Churchfield, children will have the opportunity to take part in lots of DT different projects, for example making a fruit salad in year 1, creating their very own chocolate bar in year 3 and even building an Egyptian temple in year 4!
DT teaching is progressive so that each year, children build upon the skills that they were taught the previous year. Teachers work hard to make sure that their pupils’ next teacher is aware of the skills taught in the previous year group so they can develop these skills further.
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. Knowledge and skills are revisited and built on at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.
Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to access 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.
Progression of Skills
Please click on the link below each image to view the progression of skills map.
|Progression of Skills Maps|
KS1 and KS2 PE
Whole School Overview