Chew Magna Primary School

Chew Magna Primary School

Chew Magna Primary School

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Rural setting

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Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Chew Magna Primary School is planned through the National Curriculum, and encompasses an agreed syllabus for Religious Education along with a varied programme of extra-curricular activities.

The National Curriculum 

The National Curriculum 2014 sets out programmes of study for children from Year 1 to Year 6 and ensures children receive a curriculum that is broad, balanced and relevant. It also provides a framework for teachers to set standards against Age Related Expectations. Staff use the National Curriculum as a basis for their planning. The curriculum includes:

Core Subjects:  English, Mathematics, Science. (You can find an overview of the maths & literacy curriculum for each year group on the individual Class pages of our website.  You can also click here for the maths calculation booklet which explains to parents how we teach maths in KS1 and KS2).

Foundation Subjects:  RE, History, Geography, Art, ICT, PE, Design & Technology, Music, a foreign language - currently French, PSHE

At Chew Magna Primary School, we use a topic based approach for learning and involve the children in pre planning for their topics. We tailor our curriculum in order to make it relevant to our children`s needs and interests.

At the beginning of each year, each class holds a Curriculum Meeting for parents and carers in which teachers discuss expectations and routines and explain how the curriculum is taught in their class. Each class also sends home a class newsletter 3 x year detailing the curriculum, including which topics will be taught and with ways of supporting learning at home. Please see the class pages for these class newsletters.

Early Years Foundation  Stage Curriculum

 Children starting in Foundation Stage follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum which includes the following areas of learning:

  •  Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Communication &  language;
  • Mathematics;
  • Literacy;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Physical development;
  • Expressive arts & design.

 Our Kestrel Class EYFS teachers teach through a topic based approach. They provide a balance of adult led activities and those which children choose for themselves. Children are encouraged to try a wide range of activities that are available both inside the classroom and in the outdoor learning environment. Children are encouraged to work together in groups and to develop their social skills.

 Kestrel Class staff make detailed assessments of children’s interests and skills and use this information to plan future activities, experiences and topics which engage the children.

Phonics & Reading

 All children in Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching, we use ‘Phonics Play’ as the basis for this. If children entering Key Stage Two need still need support with their phonics, we put intervention sessions in place.

 We want all children to develop a love of reading. The reading scheme that we use in Key Stage One is primarily the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, but we supplement the books in each stage with other reading books to promote breadth. When children are confident in their reading, we encourage them to choose their own reading materials from the wide range of reading books we have in school (for Year Two children who have moved off the scheme books, we call this ‘free reading’).

We encourage children to read at home four times a week as we believe that this extra practise really increased fluency and confidence in younger readers and develops comprehension for older readers. 

Reading skills are further developed through well targeted Guided Reading in lower Key Stage Two (Buzzard Class)  and  a clear focus on reading skills in upper Key Stage Two (Golden Eagle Class). 

You can find out how to support your Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 child with their reading at home by clicking here, and how to support your Key Stage 2 child here.

Religious Education

This is taught in accordance with the LA’s agreed syllabus.  The principle aim is to enable children to understand the nature of religion and how this can impact on people’s lives and decisions.  The teaching is of a broadly Christian nature but all belief systems are treated with equal respect.