National Curriculum

At Charter Primary school we believe in providing children with a broad, balanced curriculum that provides first hand experiences and builds on children’s prior knowledge. When children start school in Nursery or Reception they work on all the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This includes learning indoors and outdoors in our purpose-built outdoor learning area.  All children throughout key stage 1 and 2, then follow the National Curriculum.

Through our curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Computing, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHE and our thematic approach that includes History, Geography, Art & Design and Design Technology we develop children’s abilities, interests and potential in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives. We use a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the ways in which children learn in order to foster engagement, motivation and creativity and ensure progression of skills throughout their primary education.

We have developed our creative curriculum approach to ensure all of the National Curriculum objectives are covered within our two year rolling programme. We have developed exciting themes which interest the children and allow us to teach the curriculum in exciting ways. As well as our usual lessons, we enrich the curriculum with visitors into the school, taking the children out on educational visits and building in practical sessions within the units of work. For instance: Years 5 and 6 visit the National Space Centre in Leicester during the topic on ‘Space the final frontier.’ During this visit they explore the centre, complete a workshop about life in space and watch an astronaut show in the planetarium.

With the introduction of the new National Curriculum, the use of levels to assess pupil progress has been removed.  The DfE have given schools the freedom to introduce their own approaches to formative assessment that best suits their school and curriculum. We have a robust assessment system in place across the federation in which we do our regular formative assessments to inform planning and to ensure lessons match the children’s needs. We then use formative assessments to feed into our more formal summative assessments.

As well as the school’s assessment system, years 2 and 6 are assessed based upon a National Teacher Assessment Framework provided by the government and used across the country to ensure consistent standards. These teacher assessments are reported alongside the SATs result.

 

Reading Schemes

As a school, we use a broad range of books which are book banded to ensure they are correctly matched to children’s reading abilities. Within our reading shelves we ensure there are traditional stories, non-fictions texts, poetry and a lovely range of ‘real books’ as well as various reading scheme books. All children are provided with a home reader book, which can be chosen from a wide choice of books, as well as having access to our colourful school library.

 

Phonics

We use the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme in our school to teach and develop vital skills in reading and writing. We are passionate about teaching every child to read and write. If you have any questions about the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme please speak to your child's teacher or to Mrs Hart, our Reading Leader. 

 

Creative curriculum map

Below is our whole school 2 year rolling programme, showing an overview of our creative curriculum topics. Alongside this we send out a termly leaflet to all parents which expands upon our topic, showing the particular subject content and skills which will be focussed upon.

 

Ways you can help at home

  • Read with your child daily.

  • Practise times tables regularly.

  • Talk about words all around us.

  • Talk about numbers in the environment.

  • Visit the school website: keep up to date with what is happening in school; check your child’s current topic; use the useful links sections and watch out for our blogs.

If you would like to know any more about our curriculum, please speak to your child’s phase leader or see Mrs Stewart.