At Chieveley, our entire curriculum promotes our future-focused vision.
We have designed our curriculum with the intention of ensuring our children receive a high-quality and rigorous curriculum, that is future-focused, promotes a love of learning and gives them the confidence to conquer the world outside our doors. This gives our children a broad range of experiences at school and improves their skills progression in a variety of areas. We firmly believe that our curriculum provides a blend of knowledge and skills that best equips our children for their futures in the wider world, whatever these futures may be!
Our emphasis on metacognition is woven throughout all of our learning opportunities and children are given many chances to 'learn to learn'. We encourage the 5Rs - risk-taking, resilience, reflection, resourcefulness and relationships - in all our subject areas and treat metacognition as a lifelong skill that is as important as reading or writing. We also promote a Growth Mindset with school, in both the adults and the children in our community.
Our topics are planned carefully to engage with all areas of the curriculum and these provide many chances for children to develop their knowledge and skills. Below you can find our curriculum overview to see how our broad topics fit together. On your class pages , you can find our topic webs, which offer more detail about the opportunities on offer to your children within each topic.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014). 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.
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 children have 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 intention is for children to leave our school as confident, well-rounded members of their community who embrace the many challenges that education, work and life may throw at them. We are proud of our curriculum and believe it delivers a broad, future-focused and engaging experience for all our children.
|Class||Autumn Topic(s)||Spring Topic(s)||Summer Topic(s)|
|Wrens||All About Me!||Frozen||Superheroes||Old MacDonald had a farm||Chieveley Garden Centre||Sail Away!|
|Robins (Y1)||Space||Christmas around the world||Dinosaurs||Amazing Me||Wonderful Wildlife||The Seaside|
|Sparrows (Y2)||Paddington Goes Home||A Victorian Christmas||Fire!||Castles & Dragons||Sailin' the Seven Seas|
|Kingfishers (Y3)||Chieveley's Role in World War 2||The Vikings||The Romans|
|Skylarks (Y4)||How Anglo Saxon are we?||Mountain Survival||Time-traveling Down the Nile|
|Jays (Y5)||Natural Disasters||The Ancient Greeks||The Maya|
|Owls (Y6)||The Civil War||The Iron Age||Southwold|
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 reception 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.
Future focused in a nurturing and creative environment