Bishop Chavasse Primary School has designed a curriculum which is of high quality in a number of key ways. It has as its core for Key Stages 1 and 2 the subjects and contents set out in the 2014 National Curriculum, and in Reception we apply the areas of learning and the early learning goals set out in the Statutory Framework for the EYFS. We use a ‘precision teaching’ approach to address specific, identified misunderstandings or areas for development both for individuals and groups. Importantly, we include parents and carers at all key points during their child’s time at the school.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced but also focuses on ensuring that pupils gain depth of mastery of a well-defined curriculum which forms a strong basis for progressing to the next level. We also provide significant extension and enrichment activities, extending beyond the National Curriculum (‘National Curriculum Plus’).
Our aim is that all pupils will have the opportunity to play a musical instrument and be able to participate in musical performance with increasing skill, enjoyment and expression. We believe that learning to read music and to understand musical theory is of great benefit to the development of thinking skills – it challenges and expands the brain but also brings enormous pleasure and confidence. We will share the resources of the Bennett Music Academy to do this.
Religious Education (RE) also contributes to building open mindsets and positive attitudes. We ensure that our RE curriculum offers good teaching especially about Christianity, effective support through enrichment, opportunities for investigation and enquiry, as well as empathy and reflection. Our Christian principles of inclusivity and tolerance will underpin the curriculum in all aspects.
In Reception Year, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:
As your child progresses into Key Stage 1, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:
In Key Stage 2, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:
Bishop Chavasse Primary School provides excellent pastoral care and enrichment opportunities. These range from opportunities to enhance thinking skills within a variety of contexts to additional ‘keeping up’ opportunities in mathematics and English. As the school grows with each new cohort, we will develop the range and number of clubs and activities on offer.
We want to make the most of activities, both integrated into the curriculum, and beyond it. Throughout the Early Years these are embedded through a range of opportunities, including ‘Plan, Do and Review’, creative play, ‘Messy Church’, Forest Schools, role play, visits and enrichment activities. As our children progress into Key Stages 1 and 2, these are then further enhanced through drama, public speaking, poetry recital and debating to enable them to become confident in speaking and listening.
Our house system helps to build strong relationships with and between our children where they have opportunities to learn from each other and allow for healthy competition through inter-house academic, artistic and sporting competitions. Our houses are named after local castles:
As an excellent way to round off a successful primary school career and set our children on their new path with confidence, all of our Year 6 children will be offered a residential visit of four nights, five days at an activity centre, to undertake a range of challenging and enjoyable physical and cultural experiences.
Transition to secondary school
We know that moving on to their next phase of education with confidence is crucial. Our Year 6 children will be “secondary ready”, in the sense that they are fully prepared to make a smooth transition to a secondary school, with a record of high achievement to build on over their secondary career. Our Year 5 and 6 children will benefit from taster sessions at our lead secondary school, Bennett Memorial, and will gain a huge amount of experience from shared subject specialist teaching and high quality specialist facilities. This will prepare our children for the teaching styles and curricular content of any secondary school in the area.
At Bishop Chavasse School, we understand that during their school lives, children will come up against challenges at various times. These challenges will be due to a range of issues, for example difficulty understanding a particular task or activity, hesitation about forming relationships with teachers and/or their peers or some other emotional barrier. We will ensure that all of our children will have the best start, the best care and the best examples to follow and model.
In providing the best support and nurture we commit to the following principles:
Primary schooling is so important and we recognise that young children need particular attention and care as they progress from Reception, through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and ultimately leave to attend the secondary school of their choice. Working closely with Bennett Memorial, we understand the demands of secondary education and how important it is for each secondary school to have the information – attainment, attendance and developmental – about pupils transferring at the appropriate time.
We will work closely with secondary schools to ensure that, at this important transition phase, our children will understand what to expect, are well prepared for the changes and will settle in quickly at their secondary school.