Curriculum

Curriculum, Trips and Visitors

2018 - 2020

The government is now expecting to see a broad and balanced curriculum, not narrowed for Maths and English. At Chiltern, we continue to develop 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). 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 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.
  • Elements of the Talk for Writing and Drama for Writing opportunities across the school to strengthen writing attainment for all.
  • 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, Collins scheme, age-related targets from the new curriculum, on-line consolidation with, cross curricular ideas from Hamilton Trust website and Twinkl website.
  • Regular opportunities for whole school learning days eg October 2019, all pupils went ‘around the world’ to visit 12 of the 30 countries our pupils originate from.
  • 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..

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.

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 tasks 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. 

 

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.

Show Museum Visitor

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

Sikh visitor to share beliefs and customs.

Show 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

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

Anglo-Saxon Day

T 4

Zoo Visit

 

Jewish Visitor

County Cross Country

Archery Visit

County Cross Country

Archery Visit

Science Morning

County Cross Country

County Cross Country

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

Harry Potter World

 T6

     

Grendon Residential/ Pizza and cinema visit

Grendon Residential/ Pizza and cinema visit

Bushcraft Residential

Bushcraft Residential

Duston Cluster Fun Run