Our Curriculum Intent
Digging Deep, Learning together,
Embracing life to the full
The ethos at Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School is to provide a stimulating environment rooted in our Christian values which creates an enjoyable atmosphere of positive endeavour for all. We believe it is the right of all children to be given access to the whole curriculum. We will ensure that children are happy, stimulated and challenged so that they can flourish, reach and exceed their potential.
Children will be taught by teachers with high expectations who plan a curriculum that is engaging, relevant to your children and our community, deepens your children’s understanding of each subject and how those subjects are inter-linked.
As children progress through the school they will develop high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour; they will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work cooperatively with others. They will develop supportive and nurturing natures as well as organisational skills to support their learning.
Children’s development and progress is best achieved through high expectations and the fostering of independent learning. It is the responsibility of the individual students to behave in a co-operative manner, which enables quality learning to take place. Our curriculum will foster the behaviours needed to succeed in the world such as: concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.
Our Aims are:
- To provide to provide a stimulating environment rooted in our Christian values, which develops the children’s spiritual understanding.
- To offer pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, which facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and understanding.
- To develop every pupil’s self-esteem through promoting self-discipline so that each individual achieves his or her true potential.
- To develop the children’s creative abilities enabling them to have enquiring, flexible minds.
- To develop the children’s social, moral and cultural understanding with an awareness and celebration of the multicultural world in which we live.
- To develop an aptitude for lifelong learning throughout the whole school community.
- To work collaboratively and cooperatively with our local community to provide rich, practical learning experiences for all children to flourish.
Please see below for further curriculum information and planning documents. Topic planning for each class can be found on each classes' page.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive arts and design
KEY STAGE 1 & KEY STAGE 2
Speaking and Listening:
At Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School speaking and Listening skills are paramount for both effective learning and also help children feel valued as individuals. From the first day in school, pupils are encouraged to share ideas, use descriptive and expressive language and to develop confidence and clarity when speaking to a range of audiences.
The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasised. In order for children to access other areas of the curriculum need to be able to read. Pupils have opportunities to take part in guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and 'reading buddies'. We aim to promote a 'love of reading' and make all children lifelong readers.
Phonics is taught daily from Year F. We use Letters & Sounds and Bug Club to bring a variety of teaching resources to support children with their phonics learning. Please take a look at our Phonics Booklet, further down on this page, for information on how you can support your child at home.
Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and genres, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books. Children enjoy accessing a range of literature in our school library.
Children are taught about spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPaG). In KS2 this replaces phonics teaching and SPaG lessons are taught daily. In addition to this, children are taught about text structure and organisation and how to write a fluent, joined handwriting style. We use the 'no nonsense spelling' scheme in KS2 to ensure that spelling strategies are maintained as well as the year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists as outlined in the new curriculum.
We emphasise to our children that the quality of their writing, in terms of presentation and content, is equally important in English lessons as in all other learning opportunities; history, geography, RE, science etc. Pupils are given regular writing targets and individual 'pupil conferencing' with an adult so that they have a clear idea of the 'next steps' required to further improve.
Writing is often linked to the Class topic in any given term, we believe that if we can engage the children they are far more likely to want to write about their learning. Therefore, whenever feasible, we 'bring writing to life', providing pupils with real-life experiences which they can then relate to in their writing, we use enrichments as a part of our 'Apprenticeship Scheme', for example woodwork, farming, forest school, librarians, cake decoration schemes have been used in the past.
At Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School we endeavour to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable Mathematics curriculum for all children. Children need to develop an enthusiasm and reason for completing mathematics tasks, again where possible we link to our 'Apprenticeship Scheme'. Maths is taught daily in every class and teaching is predominately based around number, and the four operations. Every half term the children take part in a maths marathon, this consists of 'hands on' learning activities linking to shape, space and measure.
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 1, they should:
- have a positive attitude towards and an awareness of the fascinating nature of Mathematics.
- have an ever-increasing understanding of Mathematics developed through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- be able to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond.
- have developed a range of mental and written calculation skills and be able to use these confidently in different settings.
- have developed their understanding of shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment.
- use mathematical language to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
- use and build upon their prior experiences of Mathematics.
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:
- be using the number system confidently, moving from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations.
- try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach.
- be capable in explaining the features of shape and space, and use their measuring skills in a range of contexts.
- be able to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.
- have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- have developed an ability to use Mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
- We promote a focus on the four rules of number and incorporate mathematics in to other lessons whenever appropriate.
Our aim is develop our pupil's enjoyment and interest in Science. We encourage the children to effectively communicate scientific ideas using scientific vocabulary. We also encourage the children to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts and skills. To support this, Science is taught with an emphasis on the children engaging in practical enquiry.
The science curriculum covers fours areas of study:
- Science Enquiry
- Life Processes and Living Things
- Materials and their Properties
- Physical Processes
- R.E. is taught in accordance with the Devon Agreed Syllabus and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in the UK are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in this country.
- R.E. teacher led planning is adapted from the 'Understanding Christianity' schemes of work.
- R.E. at Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School is closely linked with PSHE. Our aim is to develop pupils 'knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We link back to our core Christian Values in the school, chosen by the pupils, frequently. These values; Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Happiness, Trust and Teamwork underpin how we treat each other on a daily basis.
- Physical Education is a means of developing children's physical health, fitness and positive attitude towards their own well-being. Activities covered include: Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Outdoor Invasion Games and, for years 3 and 5, swimming.
- Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School offers a range of sporting activities after school. These include multi-skills, football and netball. The clubs help to promote leadership skills, team work and confidence as well as developing physical skills further.
- We are part of the 'School Sport's Partnership' which gives opportunity for pupils to regularly participate in Festivals and Tournaments, competing against other local schools as well as providing CPD for our teaching staff.
- Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School has been awarded a gold 'Sports Mark' award for the third year in a row linking to its quality provision of Physical Education.
- The school is well equipped with ICT equipment, and it is used by all ages of children.
- We use 'Espresso Education' to ensure that all children meet the new curriculums coding objectives.
- ICT is a subject which lends itself to all other National Curriculum subject areas and we encourage our pupils to view computers as one of a range of tools which can be used to assist their learning.
- the children use iPad's, Ipod's, laptops,digital recording and programming equipment as a part of the curriculum.
We also deliver all other subjects (please see policies below) through a varied and creative cross-curricular approach, matched to children's interests.
- At Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School we use 'social studies' to support children's social and emotional development. The children learn through interactive stories and games, using discussion and role play to understand each others feelings and emotions.
- From year 3, French is delivered by class teachers. Focusing primarily on pronunciation, conversation and learning about geographical differences.
- The arts are a fundamental part of the curriculum at Chudleiugh Knighton Primary School. Art and design, dance, drama, music, and creative writing are delivered regularly through topic based learning and enrichment.
Guide to Phonics
Guide to Reading
General information about the new National Curriculum
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.