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Our Curriculum

Churchtown Curriculum Statement

At Churchtown Primary School we are committed to meeting the requirements of the New National Curriculum 2014 whilst retaining our commitment to create an innovative, inspiring learning community where: -  

As a school we acknowledge the importance of academic achievements and we want every child to achieve the very best that they are capable of. Alongside this we place importance on the development of the ‘whole child’ and we want to ensure that our children grow as individuals and value their place in our community and in our rapidly changing world.

We are developing an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum that cultivates curiosity and enquiry, that sparks imagination and opens minds. We believe that there is no barrier to what anyone can achieve. We aim to provide an Innovative, inspiring learning community, where children, teachers and parents all learn alongside each other.

We have created and developed a safe and supportive environment that is inclusive, caring and where everyone has a sense of belonging to the school, local community and beyond. We  believe in developing a positive mindset for all children and that effort and grit as well as innate intelligence is the route to success. We are here to help every child grow; grow as human beings, grow intellectually and grow in maturity and character. It is our job to make sure that every child is equipped to do something special with their life  and we will strive every single day,  alongside their parents and carers to help each child grow into truly exceptional people.

Our Core Values drive everything that we do at Churchtown…

Respect for all, Love of learning, Fun & Happiness , Friendship & Family, Skills for life,

Growth & Development and Courage

Our Curriculum Drivers ... 

Focus on Oracy, Building Relationships, Independence and Real Life Learning. 

Oracy  - We want every child at Churchtown to be a Confident Communicator and find their voice: as such we are developing a comprehensive approach to Oracy within our school which is multi-layered, and permeates beyond the classroom and into the fabric of school life. 

  • We empower our children to become confident, articulate and engaging speakers.  

  • We use purposeful talk to drive their learning across the curriculum, deepening children’s knowledge, understanding and reasoning. 

  • We immerse children in a word rich environment and through a love of reading we take them on their journey into the written word.

  • We have built a whole-school culture which values and celebrates Oracy, in classrooms and beyond.

Building relationships  - We want every child at Churchtown to be able to be a productive and active member of our school community. 

  • We prioritise open and honest communication to build healthy relationships linked to well-being. 

  • We work together and get along (building co-operation skills)

  • Understanding the impact of their behaviour on others and to develop their personal and social skill set. 

  • Engage respectfully with the wider school community. 

  • Trust and Mutual respect 

  • We encourage everyone to develop their own sense of identity and have positive self-esteem.  

  • Successful relationships + respectful behaviour = Effective learning

Independence  - We want every child at Churchtown to be an Independent Learner

  • By developing resilience.  

  • Having a positive mindset 

  • By demonstrating their best effort and appreciating that learning is supposed to be challenging and will involve making mistakes. 

  • Through asking questions and problem solving. 

  • They display self-confidence and can reflect upon decisions, making independent and informed choices. 

Real life purpose  - We want to give every child the opportunity to connect their learning and provide real life experiences that they can relate to their learning. 

  • We have established a clear rationale for learning (the ‘why’ we do it / Big Picture) 

  • We engage all learners with a range of first hand experiences

  • We encourage learning outside of the classroom.

Below is a short curriculum statement for each subject area which encapsulates our school’s vision :-    

Marvellous Mathematicians 

We aim to inspire and engage our ‘Marvellous Mathematicians’ to develop their understanding of number and equip them with the skills to solve real life mathematical problems and challenges.

Click here to view our Progression Grid 

Digital Creators

We aim to develop the code breakers, code makers and digital leaders of the future. Our children learn how to manage, adapt and create their own digital content through exciting activities such as programming and coding. Our digital literacy is fostered in an environment which promotes an understanding of how the digital and online world works, and how this can be used safely and developed in the future. We prepare our children for the challenging and creative digital world that awaits them. 

Click here to view our Progression Grid for Computing 

Little Historians

We aim to inspire and engage our ‘Little Historians’ to develop their historical thinking, be inquisitive, wonder why, seek answers and complete research to develop their historical understanding of local, British and World History. 

Click here to view our Progression Grid for History

The Next Generation – PSCHE

We aim to encourage children to become confident, independent thinkers and learners: to respect themselves and others, form positive relationships and make good choices, so they can learn how to deal with a range of emotions to be able to grow, develop and become responsible, healthy adults.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for PSCHE 

Young Discoverers - Inspiring scientists of the future.

We encourage all children to raise questions about the world around them by providing exciting, practical science activities which engage children, leading them on their journey of discovery through science.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for Science

The magic of Art

Art, design and crafts allow a child’s imagination to soar. They can express their creativity in an exciting, vibrant way. Line, colour, shape, texture and history are explored to create items of beauty.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for Art

Creators – DT

We aim to inspire our 'creators' to take risks, become resourceful and innovative by using creativity and imagination to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users, developing an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

 Click here to view our Progression Grid for DT

Understanding the World

Churchtown pupils are keen explorers. They find out about and question the world around them. Our Geographers learn to appreciate and look after our planet. Over time pupils curiosity helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for Geography

Confident speakers and attentive listeners

At Churchtown we use language to communicate confidently with other individuals, in small and large group situations and in a variety of contexts.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for English 

A passion for reading

We aim to develop a passion for reading which inspires children to read for enjoyment, interest, understanding and study.At Churchtown we use a number of reading schemes which help us encourage our children to develop a love of reading, the main one being Oxford Reading Tree.   

Click here to view our Progression Grid for English 

A flair for writing

We want children to communicate effectively in writing in a wide variety of forms appropriate for different purposes and audiences.At Churchtown we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to support our phonics teaching.

Click here to view our Progression grid for English 

Aspiring Athletes

We aim to promote confidence and competence in movement, co-ordination and control whilst encouraging enjoyment for individual and collaborative participation in physical activities. We aim to promote a love for physical activity through opportunities to participate and compete in gymnastics, dance, athletics, games, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming. 

Click here to view our Progression Grid for PE

Future Linguists

We encourage our children to be aware of and embrace the languages of other countries. We offer opportunities for the children to become immersed in the culture and to explore ways to communicate through songs and rhymes.

Click here to view our Progression Grid for MFL

Marvellous Musicians 

Churchtown pupils are keen musicians and are taught by our team of specialist music teachers from Early Years up to Year 6  in our purpose built music room. From Year 1  they have weekly singing lessons and learn to play a variety of instruments including ukulele, recorders, keyboard, untuned and tuned percussion. From Year 4 this is extended to include guitar, brass, woodwind, violin and drumming, with an option to specialize in Years 5 and 6.  
 
Click here for our Key Stage 1 Progression grid

Click here for our Key Stage 1 Music Skills progression 

Click here for our Key Stage 2 Progression grid 

Click here for our Key Stage 2 Music Skills progression 

RE 

Religious education at Churchtown encourages children to ask challenging questions about their own and others religions and traditions whilst promoting the development of self-awareness, respect for all, open-mindedness and appreciation and wonder.

View our Progression Grid for RE in the links below.

If you would like any further information on our school curriculum please contact Mrs C Wilson (Assistant Head)