Curriculum

During their time at our school, children will become confident, inquiring and imaginative problem solvers, who explore without fear of failure and have a love of learning. Our school will recognise and nurture the talent in each individual child, ensuring that no child is overlooked and can learn in a safe and happy atmosphere.

We will provide a challenging, compelling and expressive environment where staff are able to be flexible to take advantage of circumstances and ensure progress of children.

Our teachers will have the passion and enthusiasm to engage with children at a ll levels, with time to recognise the individual needs. We will ensure that no child is overlooked – searching for their talents and encouraging confidence.

From Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2 we will focus on the key curriculum area of English and Mathematics whilst allowing continuous development of Humanities, Creative Arts and Technology to embed skills in communication, literacy and numeracy. Learning will be planned with intergrated themes wherever possible.

We will ensure good communication with parents and are determined that our drive for outstanding results will not damage the community ethos of the school.

Achievement

  • to enable better than expected progress for every child
  • to ensure that all aspects of learning are valued
  • to provide appropriate challenge for all children

Process

  • to take full advantage of the rural community and village life
  • to provide an atmosphere that is questioning, energetic, active, enthusiastic and playful
  • to learn outdoors as well as inside

Healthy

  • to encourage the development of positive relationships
  • to develop strong personal confidence leading to positive mental health
  • to ensure healthy eating
  • to ensure regular and challenging physical exercise

Content

  • to develop the knowledge and skills to be ready for a successful secondary education
  • to understand the global community and our relationships with the world
  • to be confident and competent users of ICT

Art

CURRICULUM
Children are taught a range of Art and Design skills through a creative curriculum of topic work. Teachers will ensure progression of skills across Key Stage 1 and 2.

We will work closely with Teign and Coombeshead Art departments and make use of their facilities and resources wherever possible.

Each year we will hold an Arts week where children develop a range of work using different media on a given topic culminating in an exhibition for parents and governors.

Key Staff:
Tracey Redwood – tracey.redwood@christowprimary.org.uk

EARLY YEARS

CURRICULUM
At Christow we believe that the Early Years are the foundations on which all learning is built upon. Therefore we feel very strongly that this is an important stage in a child’s life and we must deliver the best education we can to them. Our practitioners have a sound knowledge of the Early Years curriculum and how to best to implement it so the children have a rich and purposeful experience at school.

FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

The aims are:

  • to provide effective and meaningful experiences in a carefully structured curriculum
  • to utilise the natural play of the child in a structured and progressive manner which is gradually integrated into the more formal curriculum
  • to implement a curriculum learnt through exploration, play and talk in an indoor and outdoor environment

Key Staff: Natasha Hancorn –  natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

Geography

Curriculum
At Christow we aim to support children in developing their knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and maritime – with reference to their physical and human characteristics. We give children the opportunity to think about how different localities have changed or might change over time. We provide children with grounding in basic geographical skills including experiencing fieldwork to collect and analyse data and improve their map skills. We use a variety of media to equip them with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.

Example KS1 Topics:
– Polar regions
– Christow and the Teign Valley
– Farming
– Travel/study of a country

Example KS2 Topics:
– Rainforests
– Big blue planet
– Map work including compass work, naming countries/continents/regions, topography of cities
– Contrasting localities within and outside of Europe

Key Staff:
Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

History

Curriculum
History education at Christow aims to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through topic based learning we inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, equipping pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

We create multimedia learning environments that help pupils to contemplate the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity. We teach about a range of important Historical events and famous people from the past and present;

Example Reception/KS1 topics:
– Knights and castles
– Dinosaurs
– Local study
– All about me

Example KS2 topics:
– Victorians
– WWII
– Stone Age
– Iron Age
– History of Britain
– Ancient Egypt

Key Staff:
Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

Maths

CURRICULUM
At Christow, we believe that children need to be given an opportunity to experience real Maths. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them. Mathematics equips children with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include a fluency in logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

TEACHING AND LEARNING
We use the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our Mathematics programme. The school employs a variety of teaching and learning styles during every Maths lesson. Children are taught in mixed year groups and differentiated according to ability within those classes. Our teachers have passion and enthusiasm to engage with children at all levels in Maths lessons and take the time to identify individual needs. In order to provide adequate time for developing Mathematics, it is taught daily and discretely. However, application of skills is linked across the curriculum where appropriate.

AIMS:

  • to nurture a positive attitude to Mathematics as a challenging, compelling and expressive part of the curriculum
  • to encourage children to think clearly and logically with confidence
  • to develop a deeper understanding of Mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation and explore without the fear of failure
  • to develop the ability to apply knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts outside the classroom and become aware of the uses of Mathematics in the wider world
  • to develop an ability and inclination to work both alone and collaboratively to solve Mathematical problems
  • to develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self-confidence through a sense of achievement and success

Key Staff:
Alexia Hollingsworth –  alexia.hollingsworth@christowprimary.org.uk

OUR CHILDREN SHOULD

  • have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
  • use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing
  • draw on a range of calculation strategies
  • recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively
  • make sense of number problems, including real problems and identify the operations needed to solve them
  • explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms
  • judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them
  • explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
  • develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Children are assessed regularly to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Assessments are then used to inform a teacher’s planning. This data is available for parents to see on the School Pupil Tracker website.

MFL

CURRICULUM
French is taught from Reception to Year 6 by working with one of our partner secondary schools through the support offered by  Education South West.

A French specialist from Teign School delivers French lessons at Christow.

With a strong focus on oral communication, children are encouraged to practise their speaking and listening skills mainly through the use of games, songs, rhymes and drama. In addition to whole-class oral work, there are opportunities for children to rehearse their skills in pairs or small groups.

In the course of their studies, the fundamentals of the written language are explored and the children gradually build up their ability to read and write French as they progress through the curriculum.

Alongside the development of their linguistic skills, children research aspects of French culture and are encouraged to share their own experiences and knowledge of French and other languages. As part of our cultural awareness programme some years we have held a French Day; this  has involved sampling French cuisine, learning French carols, recreating famous French landmarks and holding a fashion show with a sustainable theme.

The interest that has been created in languages is evident in our children’s desire to take an active role in their learning.

Above all, the aim of our French curriculum is to inspire children in their future language learning and nurture the skills which will enable a smooth transition to learning a language in secondary school. We also aim to create an interest in finding out about other cultures and societies.

Key Staff:
Elise Redman – elise.redman@christowprimary.org.uk

Music

CURRICULUM
At Christow, we believe that children need to be given an opportunity to experience real Maths. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them. Mathematics equips children with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include a fluency in logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

TEACHING AND LEARNING
We use the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our Mathematics programme. The school employs a variety of teaching and learning styles during every Maths lesson. Children are taught in mixed year groups and differentiated according to ability within those classes. Our teachers have passion and enthusiasm to engage with children at all levels in Maths lessons and take the time to identify individual needs. In order to provide adequate time for developing Mathematics, it is taught daily and discretely. However, application of skills is linked across the curriculum where appropriate.

AIMS:

  • to nurture a positive attitude to Mathematics as a challenging, compelling and expressive part of the curriculum
  • to encourage children to think clearly and logically with confidence
  • to develop a deeper understanding of Mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation and explore without the fear of failure
  • to develop the ability to apply knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts outside the classroom and become aware of the uses of Mathematics in the wider world
  • to develop an ability and inclination to work both alone and collaboratively to solve Mathematical problems
  • to develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self-confidence through a sense of achievement and success

Key Staff:
Alexia Hollingsworth –  alexia.hollingsworth@christowprimary.org.uk

OUR CHILDREN SHOULD

  • have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
  • use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing
  • draw on a range of calculation strategies
  • recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively
  • make sense of number problems, including real problems and identify the operations needed to solve them
  • explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms
  • judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them
  • explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
  • develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Children are assessed regularly to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Assessments are then used to inform a teacher’s planning. This data is available for parents to see on the School Pupil Tracker website.

PE

CURRICULUM
At Christow Community Primary School we recognise that Physical Education is an important contributor to the all-round physical development and wellbeing of our children.

From Reception to Year 6 children follow a progressive curriculum which develops key skills and enables children to experience a variety of activities.

As part of Education South West (ESW), we are in the fortunate position of being able to draw on specialist PE teachers to enhance our provision.

In addition, as a member of the Teign Valley Learning Community, we have access to a broad programme of curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Children learn by being active and physical development takes place across all areas of learning and development. Children are encouraged to develop confidence in a variety of physical activities, and gain an understanding of the importance of being physically healthy.

We encourage children to develop confidence and control of the way they move and the way they handle tools and equipment.

In the course of their time at Christow, children have the chance to take part in individual sports and team games: dance, gym, athletics, swimming, hockey, handball, tag rugby, football, cycling and orienteering.

Key Staff:
Elise Redman – elise.redman@christowprimary.org.uk

Phonics

READ, WRITE INC
We now follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ Phonics programme designed by Ruth Miskin.

The school is committed to ensuring that all children learn to read with accuracy and confidence.

The Read Write Inc programme will allow us to do this and also support you in developing a lifelong love of reading in your child.

At the core of the programme is the lively and rigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding).

As their confidence in decoding develops they are taught to understand and compose ideas for their own writing. The children have the pleasure of reading exciting storybooks perfectly matched to their level ensuring early success in reading.

In each class at Christow children follow a planned programme of reading and writing activities in small groups.

It begins in the Foundation Stage and once a child is reading at Level 2a they will have completed the programme.

Read Write Inc Link – 
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents

Key Staff:
Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

PSHE

CURRICULUM
Christow Community Primary School believes that PSHE promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society.

PSHE is taught during discreet sessions, as part of our Topic work and during assembly time. Here at Christow we very much value the role that PSHE plays for the children in our care.

Key Staff:
Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

RE

CURRICULUM
RE is taught in accordance with the Devon Agreed Syllabus and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. RE at Christow Community Primary School is closely linked with PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Our aim is to develop pupils` knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

We encourage respect for those holding different religious beliefs and aim to give an insight into the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

Key staff:
Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

READING

CURRICULUM
Reading has a very high profile within the school and we aim to create fluent, discerning, life-long readers who love and value books.

We want parents to be actively involved in the process with their child, encouraging them to read and share books together. Where this is regular practice, all children make significant progress.

At Christow, time is set aside for regular reading and children are given the experience of reading alone and together. They are encouraged to discuss and make choices about their reading.

Children are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and are encouraged to read for pleasure.

We have a wide range of high quality reading materials to support your child’s reading development.

In the Foundation Stage and KS1, children are taught to read through our progressive phonics scheme; Read Write Inc.  In KS2, they move on to the Accelerated Reader Program, where children are taught comprehension skills through independent reading tests online.

Key Staff: Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk

SCIENCE

Science education introduces children to the world of living things, materials and physical processes and provides the foundations for understanding the world. It is a largely practical subject, which develops a spirit of enquiry by encouraging curiosity and reasoning. Science allows for children’s experiences and gives them a better understanding of the world in which they live.

Our children are encouraged to work with others to ‘persevere’ and to ask questions. These attitudes encourage work to be carried out in a scientific manner and children to develop their independence.

Science education will take place in one in depth Science week that will focus on one specific area. Science, linked to the termly topic, will also take place throughout the term.

The aims are to ensure that our children:

  • enjoy and show interest in science and have an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
  • plan a range of investigations and practical activities to develop understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
  • are introduced to the language and vocabulary of science
  • make accurate and appropriate measurements
  • use information and communication technology (ICT) in their science studies
  • ask questions, predict and consider the appropriate apparatus to be used
  • observe, make accurate and appropriate measurements and undertake a fair test
  • interpret results and evaluate scientific evidenceAt KS1 children will learn how to observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical processes. They will develop their ability to work independently and collaboratively to collect evidence, which will help them to answer a range of questions and make links with simple scientific ideas.Children will also learn to evaluate the evidence they collect and consider whether tests or are fair. They will be encouraged to use different materials to find out more about scientific ideas and learn to share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.At KS2 children will learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical processes by making links between ideas and explaining things using simple models and theories. They will be encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding of science to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health.They will be inspired to carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others using a range of reference sources. The children will also learn to communicate their findings using a wide range of scientific language, diagrams, charts and graphs.

Key Staff:
Alexia Hollingsworth – alexia.hollingsworth@christowprimary.org

WRITING

CURRICULUM
Children learn to write by using the language they speak. We encourage children to ‘have a go’, and then with skillful teacher input and support we work through the recognised stages of development to achieve standard written English. Spelling, phonics, grammar and punctuation are developed gradually through the children’s writing.

As they develop, children are encouraged to see writing as a powerful means of self-expression and communication and to write for a range of purposes.

They develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar, in context. The writing we do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read. For handwriting we use a cursive script.

Key Staff: Natasha Hancorn – natasha.hancorn@christowprimary.org.uk