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:
We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:
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:
We also deliver all other subjects (please see policies below) through a varied and creative cross-curricular approach, matched to children's interests.
You may be interested in the documents below which give you more information about the new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014.