Curriculum

                                        Curriculum, Trips and Visitors 2020 - 2022

The government is now expecting to see a broad and balanced curriculum, not narrowed for Maths and English. Currently, this is still the case post partial lockdown through the Covid pandemic. At Chiltern, we continue to develop and deliver a creative curriculum, based on the 2014 National curriculum and key texts, to interest and engage our pupils who have very varying backgrounds. We try to provide opportunities for hands on learning as well as teach the core skills (and behaviours for learning). In usual circumstances, we encourage:

  • At least 2 visits or visitors for each class every year. Our older pupils also experience the development of vital life skills on residentials. Below you will see our year group overviews and snap shot of our visits and visitors over the last year or two, to ensure broad coverage of social, moral, spiritual and cultural needs.
  • Our British Values to be covered continually through other aspects of school life eg school council, clubs, charity support and taking advice from outside agencies.
  • Our Harvest supports the HOPE Homeless Centre and our own vulnerable families
  • Our school councillors organise MacMillan, Sports Aid, Comic Aid, Children in Need, Hope Centre, Christmas Jumper Day; links with the Gambia; NSPCC…
  • Our younger children to develop phonics knowledge and skills by following aspects of Letters and Sounds
  • Our older pupils to strengthen reading with Read, Write, Inc and with the support of volunteer readers and Beanstalk readers.
  • To build on the 100 book challenge and Reading Explorers, we are about to embark on Accelerated Reading for 3 years, funded by a local pot of money.
  • Elements of the Talk for Writing and Drama for Writing opportunities across the school to strengthen writing attainment for all.
  • Continuing with the LITFILMFEST in Y5 and Y6 (and broadening to KS2) – we have already had our film shown at a London IMAX and the pupils’ Play Poems won the Michael Rosen competition in 2019.
  • The development of the Kinetic letters for handwriting in Early Years and beyond.
  • Maths core skills are covered with a mixture of the new White Rose On-line resource, Third Space resources, age-related targets from the new curriculum, on-line consolidation with, cross-curricular ideas from Hamilton Trust website and Twinkl website.
  • Sports are supported and skills built through the local partnership offer – with pupils winning the New Age Curling last year and reaching the County finals for tennis and soft ball.
  • Swimming is lead at Moulton School; we regularly reach National expectations of all Y4/Y5 learning to swim, but this has been halted by Covid at the moment.
  • Regular opportunities for whole school learning days eg October 2019, all pupils went ‘around the world’ to visit 12 of the 26 countries our pupils originate from. In 2020, our pupils studied artists across the world.
  • Participation in Science, Art, Computing, Maths, Writing and Technology days with our other cluster schools to give our pupils opportunities to collaborate with other students outside of our school and experience learning at alternative venues with purpose-built technology.
  • Regularly hosting students from local universities, teaching schools or colleges and universities to enhance learning opportunities further and support the next wave of effective teachers.

 

Currrently, there are amendments to some subjects due to COVID and remote learning provision.

The Foundation Stage

In Reception, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers the following seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. We allow ample opportunities for pupils to increase independence and encourage pupils to display key behaviours for learning such as cooperation and resilience.

 

The areas of learning mentioned above have ‘zones’ set up in our large FS indoor classrooms. As many of the learning activities are pupil-lead and play-based, the free-flow, open-planned nature of our rooms supports all learning expectations effectively. Our early year’s pupils also have access to large, outdoor space where they can develop the seven areas of learning further.

The team are moving towards ‘in the moment planning’ to meet the needs and interests of all pupils.

 

This area is rated Good by Ofsted and is praised by the LA and other schools who visit.

 

Key Stage 1 and 2

As pupils move up to key stages one and two, our pupils build on their learning from their early years. This curriculum meets the statutory requirements for English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Design Technology, Religious Education, Personal Health and Social Education, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Art. 

Where possible, the learning will be through planned, integrated units with as much ‘real’ learning as possible. As well as our code of conduct expectations, we continue to encourage appropriate behaviours for learning to maximise opportunities and life chances. These attitudes are tracked through our assertive mentoring programme, with pupils’ parents very much involved at various times across the year and during consultations.

See individual subject plans.

Our embedding of British Values and becoming a moral citizen, are strengthened by our Values Assemblies; which in turn, are linked to our PHSE coverage and provision in the nurture room. This means all aspects of learning are catered for.

We have placed a much greater emphasis on vocabulary to help link the learning phases and it is clear from our environment that we are very much a school focussing on communication, no matter what the starting point of the child.

Our topics are centred around key events and wonderful texts – so the needs of all can be met.

Visits and Visitors to Enhance Learning opportunities 2020 - 2022:

(currently on hold due to Covid) 

 

FS

Y1

Y2

Y3

Y4

Y5

Y6

T

1

Allotment

 

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit for

Harvest.

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

 

 

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit for

Harvest

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

 

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit for

Harvest

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

Farm animals visit

 

Shoe Museum

Visitor

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit for

Harvest

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoe Museum

Visitor

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit

for Harvest

 

 

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

Workshops on Sikhism.

Gurdwara Visit

 

 

Town Cross

Country

 

Roman Day

 

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit

for Harvest

 

 

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Cross

Country

 

Roman Day

 

 

Vicar and staff from The Hope Centre for the homeless to visit

for Harvest

 

 

 

 

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Cross

Country

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rugby Festival

 

Rugby Festival

 

Rugby Festival

 

Rugby Festival

 

T

2

Village Walk

 

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

 

 

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

Owl Visit

 

Sealife Centre

 

Derngate

Pantomime

Ancient Greek

Day

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

 

Visit to

Templemore

Residential Home for Carol Singing.

Ancient Greek

Day

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

 

Visit to

Templemore

Residential Home for Carol Singing.

 

 

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

 

 

Year 5 and 6 choir Carol Service for

Grandparents

 

 

 

 

Derngate

Pantomime

 

 

Year 5 and 6 choir Carol Service for

Grandparents

T

3

Church Walk –

St Francis

 

 

Young Voices

for the Choir

 

Living

Rainforest

Trip

 

Tri- Golf

Young Voices for the Choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri - Golf

Young Voices for the Choir

Young Voices for the Choir

T

4

Zoo Visit

 

Jewish Visitor

County Cross

Country

 

Archery Visit

County Cross

Country

 

Archery Visit

County Cross

Country

County Cross

Country

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Morning

 

 

T

5

Farm Visit

Farm Visit

Farm Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Age

Curling

Whipsnade Zoo

 

Re-Visit

Templemore

 

New Age Curling

IMAX Cinema – London; to view their winning film fest

 

 

T6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunstanton

Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunstanton

Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunstanton

Visit

Grendon

Residential/ Pizza and

cinema visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Templemore

Alzheimer’s

Walk 

Grendon

Residential/ Pizza and cinema visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Templemore

Alzheimer’s

Walk

Bushcraft

Residential/ Pizza

and cinema visit

 

 

 

Hunstanton Visit

 

 

 

 

Templemore

Alzheimer’s Walk

Bushcraft

Residential/ Pizza

and cinema visit

 

 

 

Hunstanton Visit

 

Duston Cluster

Fun Run Y6

 

Templemore

Alzheimer’s Walk

 

 

 

COVID restrictions are still place for this academic year.