A New National Curriculum came into force in September 2014 for all pupils.
The school will be working on tailoring the new curriculum to the successful skills based curriculum that we currently use over the next academic year. The school, whilst delivering the statutory content of the National Curriculum, plans a thematic approach to learning and many of the topics change regularly to excite and stimulate the children. A skills based approach is followed to ensure that the children make progression with their learning as they move through the school.
The topic plans for each class can be viewed on your child's class page
From the early years, children are provided with the opportunities for discovery and experimentation through first hand experience. They are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, compare, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings. Through their investigations children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Activities will take place in the context of the study of themes laid down in the National Curriculum and each theme will be visited every two years as the children develop understanding.
Our aim is to nurture the enquiring mind and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Religious Education plays an important part within the broad and balanced curriculum offered at Churchill CE VC Primary School. Children attend the daily assembly, which is mainly Christian in character, but may also draw on stories from other faiths or focus on moral issues. R.E is taught in line with the Bath & Wells Diocesan Syllabus. Pupils are welcomed from any religious faith or none, and will find their opinions respected.
Parents do, however, have the right to with draw their child from the whole or part of the R.E. curriculum. Any parent requiring further information or wishing to withdraw their child should contact the headteacher.
We aim to develop agility, physical co-ordination, fitness, confidence and enjoyment through physical activities.
The school encourages all children to participate in sport in order to develop an appreciation of teamwork, a respect of and tolerance of the abilities of others and an awareness of opportunities to enjoy fulfilling leisure activities.
The P.E programme is designed to make full use of the school’s excellent facilities of a large field and modern hall, and includes development of skills using large and small apparatus, ball skills, team games and dance.
Swimming takes place weekly, at Churchill Academy, for pupils in Years 3 & 4 . Priority is given to increasing water confidence and ensuring that all children learn to swim. A high percentage of children develop their swimming techniques to award level.
A range of extra curricular activities are available in football, netball, running. A number of these activities are provided in partnership with fully qualified coaches ho are brought in to provide expert tuition.
Team games are played in season, both within the school and against teams from neighbouring schools.
All children are expected to take part in P.E and swimming unless we receive a note from you.
Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education
Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education is considered to be important so that children can develop an understanding of themselves and the environment in which they live. In this context and as part of a varied approach, subjects such as understanding ourselves, myself and others, protecting our health, food, enjoyment and health and safety are covered. Parents will be notified and maybe invited to attend with their children any videos or talks which deal specifically with sex education.
Music is taught as part of the cross curricular approach within classroom activities. Recorder lessons are available from Year 3.
The school also offers tuition in many instruments using peripatetic teachers. These include tutors in clarinet, flute, saxophone, keyboard, piano, violin, guitar, trumpet and drums. There are also many opportunities for the children to perform in assemblies, school concerts and in the community.
We are passionate about learning and teaching in mathematics. We believe all pupils can be successful in learning mathematics and have a true enjoyment of the subject. We believe mathematics education should provide a foundation for understanding the world, an ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Through an engaging curriculum we deliver the requirements of the new National Curriculum, using problem solving and investigation as a way of learning new concepts and deepening understanding.
As of September 2014, our school follows the 'National Curriculum 2014 for Mathematics'. The programs of study for mathematics are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2. Each Year group follows their Program of Study.
Information Communication Technology
The school is becoming increasingly well equipped to provide the children with the access they require to a range of technologies in this increasingly important area of the curriculum. There are currently a set of laptops, interactive whiteboards and projectors in every classroom. All of the computer hardware is networked to a main server allowing all children access to their files from any computer in the school. The main hall is also equipped with a screen, data projector, laptop and PA system for assemblies, presentations and performances.
This is a developing area for the school and one that will hopefully be extended to parents to use for communications with the school.
Importance is placed on creating confidence in the use of I.T. skills for use in all areas of the curriculum. This is done not only in word processing, but in general handling of information be it in simple story form or more sophisticated desk-top publishing, graphing, creating a piece of music or collecting data from our various items of sensory equipment. All children will be taught coding skills in line with the revised National Curriculum 2014.
Information Communication Technology is used throughout the curriculum. It is taught from Reception onwards in small groups where the children gain some basic computing knowledge, to whole classes in the schools I.T area for the older children where their skills can flourish under direct teaching.
Children have the opportunity to use digital cameras and multimedia to enhance their presentation of work. This area is becoming increasingly important in opening up the world to the children at the touch of a button.
As part of their Humanities Studies, children are encouraged to develop an interest in the past, to appreciate past achievements and major events in chronological order – both national and worldwide – and to develop an understanding of their own and their family’s history and how values and attitudes may have changed. Pupils are taught the skills necessary for the interpretation of primary and secondary source material, artefacts, maps and visual and auditory aids, books, the countryside, ancient sites, newspapers, records and documents. Within the framework of a cross curricular approach, we aim to develop an understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference.
Alongside History, Geography forms part of the school’s cross curricular approach. Pupils are encouraged to develop a lively and questioning awareness of their local surroundings. Their interest and knowledge of the variety of physical and human conditions will extend from their local environment to the national and international scene. Within the places studies, children will acquire the skills necessary for the interpretation of geographical information and for geographical enquiry.
The school has its own outdoor classroom and activities within this play a vital role in fostering an understanding of the relationship between human activity and the quality of the environment. Walks, guided visits, regular surveys and residential visits all contribute towards a growing awareness and appreciation of the child’s environment
French is taught across the whole of KS2. We are very fortunate to have the support of a French Specialist from Churchill Academy who has developed the curriculum content. Although not compulsory the children in Y1 and Y2 also take part in French lessons with their class teachers.
Great importance is attached to enabling the child to become fluent readers. We use a range of reading schemes for the younger children and structured guided reading operates throughout the school. In addition there is a wide range of reading material, both factual and fiction, in the school classrooms and in our library. The children are encouraged to use this library to develop the research skills needed to become independent learners.
Children are taught to write in a variety of styles including prose, poetry and reporting, and to suit different purposes and audiences. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. A whole school policy for handwriting is aimed at the children progressing towards being able to write smoothly, legibly and neatly, leading to taking a pride in the presentation of all their work.
Speaking, listening and performing skills are promoted throughout the school through storytelling, discussion groups, drama lessons, and role play in history, religious education etc. Such opportunities, as well as whole school concerts, provide a valuable means of building confidence and developing the ability to listen to, and appreciate the efforts of others. The School has incorporated the National Literacy Strategy and the requirements of the Revised National Curriculum 2014 fully in to its curriculum.
All children are encouraged to develop their design and making skills through practical tasks. They are given the opportunity to use a wide variety of materials and to manipulate tools safely. Children are encouraged to design and plan their work through drawing and discussion and evaluate their models when they are complete. Children study different areas of modern living including food, textiles. and construction techniques.
To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding, children also investigate and evalaute a wide range of products
Art is taught as a integral part of the school’s cross curricular approach to different topics and as a subject in its own right. All children are encouraged to be creative, to develop an active interest in a range of media and to express themselves fully using this range. Artwork is used and displayed widely throughout the whole school in order to foster an appreciation of different forms, traditions and cultures. We hold regular 'Art focus' days throughout the school year.