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Our School Curriculum


Teaching & Learning


Both the Infant and the Junior Sites have long established traditions of providing quality education based upon a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. All staff work to create an environment where learning is a positive, stimulating and enriching experience. As a school we are committed to equality of opportunity and developing in each child the self confidence to achieve their maximum potential in both academic and personal achievement.
 

Children learn in different ways; they need to absorb information, construct meaning and transfer it to memory. They have individual learning styles and bring varying strengths that draw on a range of multiple intelligences (linguistic, mathematical, visual, kinaesthetic, music, interpersonal) to their learning.
 

At Chingford C of E Primary Schools we aim to develop strategies which will allow the children to learn in ways that best suit them. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to be involved as far as possible in reviewing how they learn.


What Your Child is Taught

 

All children follow the requirements of the National Curriculum. this means they are taught the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, and ICT, and the foundation subjects which are Geography, History, DT, Art, Music RE, PHSCE and Physical Education. Within each of these areas, every child works at their own level.

 

Some of the children's work will be topic-based which means that the teacher will have planned a half-term or term's work around a central theme and a good proportion of the Geography, History, Art etc will stem from that theme. However, some subject areas, such as Maths may not be connected to the topic.

 

Children’s learning is enhanced by the many visitors who come in to the school.
 

 

Foundation Stage


The early years are critical in a child’s development. Children develop rapidly during this time - physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills such as speaking, listening, concentration, persistence and working together cooperatively with other children. It is also about developing early communication, literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare young children for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum
Children joining the Reception Classes, start their education in the Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage curriculum focuses on six areas of learning. Children will have started this curriculum at Nursery and will continue for a further year at school before progressing to the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

 

The Curriculum Guidance outlined in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, revised in 2007, forms the basis for the school’s schemes of work. The curriculum is divided between six areas of learning. These are Personal, Social Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and

Understanding of the World; Physical Development and Creative Development. 


English


The overall aim of the English curriculum is to enable each child to develop skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing including punctuation and grammar. In our schools the children learn to:

  • speak confidently and listen to what others have to say.
  • develop interest and pleasure in reading as they learn to read confidently and independently.
  • enjoy writing and see the value of it.
  • spell accurately and punctuate correctly.


Mathematics


The overall aim of the Mathematics curriculum is to enable each child to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident, numerate adults who have positive attitudes towards maths.
The National Curriculum includes:

  • using and applying mathematics
  • number and algebra
  •  shape, space and measures

 

Many skills are developed through practical activities, problem solving and investigations. ICT is used to enhance and support the children’s learning.


Science


All children show a great curiosity about the world in which they live. We aim to develop this natural curiosity and provide opportunities for children to explore, question, to carry out investigations and experiments, make observations and record results.
The Science curriculum components include:

  • describing basic life processes in simple terms
  • sorting and classify living and non-living things into groups
  • recognising that different living creatures are found in a variety of habitats
  • appreciating that objects are made from a range of materials chosen because of theirproperties
  • understanding some physical processes such as sound, magnetism and basic electric circuits
  • understanding simple forces such as pushes and pulls

Educational visits are an important part of science at school.
We use the local forest as a resource for learning and in addition we have an allotment where children can learn about living things in their natural environment.


Computing

 

We aim to develop the children’s computer skills as fully as possible and all

children have regular Computing lessons. Children are taught a progressive range of skills in the use of computers and early programming skills. We also make the children aware of information communication technology in their everyday lives. Additionally computers are used to support other subjects and is taken into consideration when teachers plan the resources that they will be using in any topic or curriculum area.


Religious Education

 

RE is taught in accordance with the Waltham Forest Agreed Syllabus. Children are taught about Christian values, beliefs and practice and also those of other faiths including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. RE helps children to develop positive attitudes towards other people and the world around them. Religious Education is central to the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. Children will develop many fundamental RE skills and attitudes through everyday activities and life at school. Others will be developed through direct teaching in RE lessons and Assemblies. Parents may withdraw their children from RE by writing to the Head Teacher but we hope careful consideration will be given before doing so.
 

Foundation Curriculum


Other subjects will be taught to ensure that the children receive a broad and balanced education in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

 

Design Technology


This is an area of study that concentrates on designing and making. We will seek to provide children with the skills and experiences that will enable them to use tools and materials to create their own solutions by planning, modelling and refining to meet needs that they have identified from their own environment. These could be playground designs, bridge construction, card making, making lighthouses or in the many other situations that arise in school.

 

Geography


Children will begin to learn the skills and knowledge to understand and respect their environment. They will learn about directions, maps, geographical features, transport, natural materials resources and the weather. They will use the local environment as a resource and learn of basic differences in other places around the world. Education for sustainable development will be a key part of their learning.


History


Children will be introduced to the idea of the passage of time and to changes as they affect the lives of people, places and events. Opportunities will be given to handle and respect objects from the past, learn of famous historical figures and share older people’s experiences of life.


Music


Music is about appreciating the performance of others and learning to perform both by singing and using a variety of instruments. Children will experience

rhythm, pitch, harmony, tune and a broad range of styles of music including those from various cultures and backgrounds.


Art


This is another subject area in which children will begin to appreciate the work of others and different styles of artistic expression. They will be given opportunities to develop their own abilities in the use of art through a range of materials including paint, pastels, chalk, crayons, clay, collage and much more.

 

Physical Education

 

As children become more skilled in the range of physical activities they can perform, these will be developed as appropriate into gymnastic, dance, athletic and game skills. We aim to develop physical competence, health, self esteem and an appreciation of the range of PE. Taking part in sporting activities is encouraged for its many physical health and social benefits and we celebrate children’s achievements both within school and in their wider lives.

 

In the Junior School children have swimming lessons from September to April in Year 5. These take place at the Larkswood Leisure Centre; the children are taken by coach, and are taught by qualified instructors. The aim is that each child should be able to swim 25 metres before they leave the school.

 

At various times during the year we provide coaching in sports such as hockey, football, cricket and tag rugby for children. This is given by professional coaches, and the courses are usually an hour a week for 6-8 weeks. The coaching is only available for targeted year groups, not for the whole school, and no charge is made for it. This takes place during lesson time as part of the PE curriculum.


PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)


PSHCE gives children knowledge, skills and understanding of how to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. Through PSHCE children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences. With an emphasis on ‘sustainable development’ there are also opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.


Sex Education


Governors have decided that Sex Education will be taught at the school and the full policy is available for parents to see. With younger children sex education is seen as part of many curriculum areas with questions being answered with sensitivity when they arise. Sex Education is included in an overall approach to health education and emphasises the importance of respect for others, loving relationships and family life.

 

All children in Year 4 study the topic ‘Living and Growing’. The girls are also shown a film introducing puberty and menstruation. The majority of the Sex Education curriculum is covered towards the end of Year 5 with some more in Year 6.

 

Details of the Sex Education curriculum are in the Policy and this also outlines how and when this subject will be taught. Please ask the Head Teacher for a copy if you would like to see how this sensitive subject is taught. Although all children are expected to attend Sex Education lessons, you do have the right to withdraw your child. Parents are given an opportunity to view the films and other materials that will be used with the children before any lessons take place. We hope that if you have any concerns you will discuss them with the Head Teacher before deciding that your child should not be included.
 

Educational Visits

 

The children will have the opportunity to explore the local area as well as take part in day trips. Outings will be used to give children first hand experience of topic areas covered in school. When off site we often invite parents or other adults to accompany the class. Parents will be informed of the occasions and arrangements for all ‘day trips’. Trips are funded by voluntary contributions from parents/carers and can only go ahead if sufficient contributions are received.

 

Homework


We recognise the benefits of homework in pupils’ learning and hope to count on your help in this area. We believe that parental support is vital. All new parents are provided with homework guidelines and a ‘Home - School Agreement stating your commitment to supporting your child which you are asked to sign and return. In order to help parents keep abreast of what their children are learning, information is sent home outlining some of the areas of study that the class will be undertaking during the year.

 

The Infant children may have spellings or words to learn, reading and maths activities. On occasions they may be asked to do some research for a project giving an opportunity for children and parents to visit the library, places of interest or surf the Internet. Such work enhances activities being undertaken at school and encourages the development of self confidence. It is to the children’s advantage if they are encouraged and helped with their work at home.
At the Junior site homework continues and parents will be given a homework schedule so that you know what is expected of the children. Obviously, the quantity of homework increases as pupils move through the school. However, it is not our wish that children should be working late into the evening instead of going to bed. If at any time you feel that the homework demands on your child are too high, please contact the class teacher.

 

Coffee Mornings / Afternoons


We have regular coffee afternoons for parents where we can discuss matters of interest. Just recently, for example, we had an invited speaker to talk about ‘Phonics’ These meetings are informal and usually start at 9:00 am or 2.45 pm and are held on both sites. Other topics have included 'SEN Concerns', ‘Early Reading and How Parents Can Help at Home’, Maths in School Now’ and the ‘Foundation Stage Curriculum’. If you would like a particular topic to be discussed, please ask at the school office.

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