Our curriculum intent:
We have a very exciting and engaging curriculum at Chorlton C of E Primary School – our children tell us they love to learn! We offer rich and vibrant opportunities which draw upon meaningful real-life experiences. The curriculum is designed so that it is ambitious for all learners. Knowledge, skills and concepts are clearly outlined in an age-appropriate and progressive way from Y1-Y6 so that the children’s understanding is extended, year upon year.
Our curriculum ethos:
The whole school curriculum at Chorlton C of E Primary is arranged around a Big Question approach, with children exploring a new question termly or half termly. Each question provides a fantastic source of topics to explore and investigations to carry out, allowing all of the curriculum subjects, from maths to music, to come alive for the children. Across the year groups, the questions are progressive, and gives teaching staff opportunities to plan learning which builds on the children’s own interests, questions and targets. For example: ‘How is the world filled with colour?’ allows us to learn about other countries and cultures, but also invites some brilliant exploration of arts and technologies, science and literature. ‘What’s it like inside the egg?’ had the children investigating life cycles, farming, materials and fairy-tales, each with its own unique connection to the Big Question investigation.
Our curriculum implementation:
Teachers plan, sharing responsibility for mapping the curriculum across the year groups, using their excellent knowledge of the children’s strengths and skills, as well as their understanding of how children’s learning progresses and deepens as they move from year to year. We teach in subjects and make sure the children understand what it is to be a historian, an artist, a writer and so on.
Each Big Question can be explored through investigation of English, Maths, Science, Art, Technologies, PE, etc. creating an exciting and interwoven curriculum which shows how all learning is connected, how it progresses from year to year, and allows the children to learn to apply their learning in a wide range of ways. Where children will benefit from a personalised programme of learning, we look to teach them in the best ways possible, which can sometimes involve being taught specific skills from other year groups to ensure pitch is appropriate for our SEND pupils.
Collaboration across the phases is what makes our curriculum so special. Teachers are as excited by new Big Questions as the children are and map out our medium and long term plans to allow for progression in each subject area, whilst still letting the children explore their Big Question to the full.
In Reception, we follow the statutory curriculum framework. In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum to ensure that our children are very well-prepared for life beyond primary education. We place emphasis upon transferable skills based on ‘working scientifically’ principles, with all areas of the curriculum underpinned by investigation, questioning, enquiry and ‘looking like a scientist’ at the world.
All pupils in school receive quality first teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.
From time to time children may require additional support for a set period of time to help meet their needs or fill gaps in their learning. The decision to do this is made by the school and is based on a variety of factors including academic progress, and/or assessments carried out by teaching staff or other professionals. It may also be based on ensuring children have a smooth transition into school or require support when going through significant change either at home or school. Parents/carers will be informed when this happens.
Pupils with SEND may also have a more bespoke curriculum planned by the class teacher and 1:1 TA and delivered alongside the teaching of the main body of the class supported by the 1:1 TA.
Enhancing our curriculum:
Educational visits and visitors are a key feature of the curriculum; the school subsidises a range of these to enrich the curriculum for all.
Our Curriculum Impact:
At Chorlton CE we strive for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential, by having high expectations and excellent standards. We achieve excellent results in terms of academic success. Our children make good progress from Foundation Stage and, by the end of Key Stage Two, do extremely well when compared with national and local results. Our stimulating curriculum teaches core skills in English, maths and science whilst actively promoting all other curriculum areas. It is reassuring for parents to know that we have a proven track record of supporting children successfully to meet their full potential across the curriculum.
Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become lifelong learners. Our work on promoting social skills including good manners, resilience, self-awareness, consideration and cooperation throughout the curriculum enables most children to become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves.
Enrichment of the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, as well as their personal development is also a priority. The children have a programme of activities, such as collective worship, Religious Studies and Themed Days, as well as some key approaches such as our Values, Rights Respecting Schools award, which are delivered throughout the year; we revisit these key areas and concepts again and again, to ensure that all children have opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world, develop confidence in how to care for themselves and stay safe, and maintain a thirst for learning about the world and their place in it.
Monitoring Impact of the curriculum:
At Chorlton CE children are assessed every lesson which helps the teacher plan the next steps to be taught. At the end of each term (and each half term for English and Maths) assessment data is gathered and progress is checked by the senior leadership team. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked and reported to parents and carers at parents evening and on the end of year report.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.
Parents can find out more in regards to the National Curriculum via the link below.