General Curriculum Information
Our School Curriculum
The School has a long established tradition 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 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 English, Maths, Science, and IT, and the foundation subjects which are Geography, History, DT, Art, Music, MFL, RE, PSHCE and Physical Education. Within each of these areas, every child works at their own level. We use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics. We use colour banded books from a mixture of schemes including Read, Write, Inc and Oxford Reading Tree to teach reading.
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, as well as thematic educational visits both locally and further afield.
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 seven 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, forms the basis for the school’s schemes of work. The curriculum is divided between seven areas of learning. These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
In our Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as directed by the government. We use this document to plan a range of play based activities both inside and outside to develop and extend your child’s knowledge, understanding and experiences.
For more information see overviews section.