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Curriculum Provision at Chieveley Primary School


As a school, we are future focused and are committed to preparing the children in our care for the future they will have, whatever that might be.


We believe that children need to understand how they learn in order to reach their true potential and to prepare them for the world ahead. We follow what we call the 5Rs, encouraging children to be RESILIENT, REFLECTIVE, RESOURCEFUL, take RISKS and make and use good RELATIONSHIPS to enhance their learning. We also promote a Growth Mindset with school, in both the adults and the children in our community.


Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014).  We enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning is engaging, purposeful and in a meaningful context for children. Where commonality exists between subjects, aspects of learning are linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable, subjects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.


We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults, equipped for the wider world. All children engage in daily English and mathematics lessons where they develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills. The skills gained in these sessions are applied through creative writing opportunities, topic based activities and enquiries and problem solving tasks. Our school curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of individual children, with specific targeted intervention for those that need it to achieve their potential.

At Chieveley Primary School children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people, whatever their age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by dedicated staff in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.


Religious Education is delivered through the West Berkshire Locally-Agreed Syllabus (2014), following Discovery RE and regular collective worship takes place, as a whole school or a key stage. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) issues are discussed both within class and assembly times following the Jigsaw mindful approach to PSHE.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, with a creative approach to learning, inspired by the children’s needs and interests, for example exploring traditional tales in an active manner.


Key Stage 1 (KS1) follows The National Curriculum Key Stage 1 Programme of Study. Creative writing, art, history and geography are delivered in a cross curricular manner, for example in Year 1 through a topic on ‘Super Heroes’ and in Year 2 with a cross curricular study of ‘The Fire of London’. Other subjects are taught discretely, such as science and computing, unless connections are obvious.  Year 1 spend the start of the academic year transitioning from the EYFS curriculum, to the more formal approach of the Year 1 curriculum. At the end of Year 2, the curriculum demands that children are judged as working towards age related expectations (ARE), working at ARE or working at beyond ARE - these judgements are decided by teachers informed by national assessments.  We follow the Read, Write Inc reading scheme, which is designed to not only help children to be confident readers, but confident writers and spellers too. Children learn to join digraphs (two/three letters making one sound such as th or igh) from the recpetion class, from Year 2 joined writing is taught.


Key Stage 2 (KS2) follows The National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Programme of Study. Creative writing, art, history and geography are delivered in a cross curricular manner, with topics designed around the specified curriculum content for geography and history - other subjects are taught discretely. Year 6 children are assessed against national standards in early May. The curriculum demands that children are judged as working towards age related expectations (ARE), working at ARE or working at beyond ARE.


In addition to classroom based learning, the children experience a wide-variety of out of school visits and events, enriching and enhancing their curriculum experience. Year 6 has the opportunity to participate in a residential trip. Performing arts is a key feature at Chieveley Primary School and all children participate in a production during each academic year, from a traditional Nativity to a Shakespearian play.


Our aim is for children to leave the school, secondary school ready, with a positive sense of self-worth, confidence and be equipped with the tools to develop their potential in the wider world.


Please see our Policies - especially Teaching and Learning for more details of our Curriculum.


Please see our class pages for information about the topics for this term.

Future focused in a nurturing and creative environment