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Curriculum

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.

Reception

 

In Reception Year, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:

  • Follow a structured curriculum to ensure that our children are provided with an excellent foundation for their learning, including age-appropriate enrichment activities and visits
  • Carry out thorough Baseline Assessment on entry to identify needs and set challenging end of Early Years progress targets which will take into account the three characteristics of effective development: playing and exploring; active learning; creating and thinking critically. The results of these assessments are shared with parents, but these results are not the only things our children will bring home. They are encouraged to develop pride in their work and be able to show effort and sustained improvement
  • 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
  • Introduce foreign language study from Early Years onwards because our experience has shown us that the younger children start languages the further they progress in them. Initially in the Reception Year this will be through songs and role play
  • Introduce Religious Education as a separate subject throughout the school. Fostering an understanding and rigorous knowledge of the Christian faith, as well as other world religions
  • Ensure music and physical education are priorities and a key feature of school life. All of our children are offered opportunities to join music groups and sporting teams with their peers

Key Stage 1

 

As your child progresses into Key Stage 1, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:

  • Sets end-of-Key-Stage expectations for each individual – based on meeting or exceeding challenging expected rates of progress
  • Exposes our children to an ever widening variety of high-quality literature in order to deepen their knowledge and application in all aspects of the English curriculum
  • Enhances the focus on mathematics, English and science; using additional, appropriately qualified graduates as much as possible in those subjects from Key Stage 1 onwards
  • Introduces a foreign language more formally during Year 1 so that our children have an advantage on transfer to the secondary education phase
  • Provides exciting and enriching learning opportunities including a wide variety of active workshops, visits and visitors that will enhance deep level thinking skills and reinforce real life contexts and connections

Key Stage 2

 

In Key Stage 2, Bishop Chavasse Primary School:

  • Continues to focus on excellence in the main academic subjects
  • Makes the most of activities both integrated into the curriculum, and beyond it, such as role play, drama, public speaking, poetry recital and debating to enable all of our children to become confident in speaking, listening and presenting
  • Continues discrete teaching of phonics and writing in lower Key Stage 2, whilst from Year 3 our children will be further encouraged to read and access texts independently and will be supported by continued teaching of individual and shared reading, and the acquisition of new vocabulary, accurate pronunciation and understanding
  • Introduces Latin from Year 3 as it is an effective vehicle for teaching language structure and grammar, for demonstrating links between languages and because it opens the door to an important area of historical and cultural knowledge
  • Increasingly uses subject specialists from Bennett Memorial School to teach children in Years 4, 5 and 6 who will also collaborate with teachers at Bishop Chavasse Primary School to enhance depth of learning
  • Focuses on ‘keeping up’ rather than ‘catch up’ programmes for any child needing additional support
  • Provides high quality enrichment activities as well as additional learning opportunities to support and extend our children’s knowledge, skills, application and experience
  • Offers all of our Year 6 children a residential experience at an activity centre, to undertake a range of challenging and enjoyable physical and cultural experiences, in order to further develop qualities which we think are valuable, such as resilience, determination, working with others, working in a team and developing confidence and independence
  • Ensures that our children undertake the statutory tests at the end of Key Stage 2 and that all of our children leaving Year 6 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 achievement to build on over their secondary career
  • Makes the most of the close links with the Trust’s lead school and other local Secondary schools. This will enable all of our children to be familiar with a secondary school setting as they prepare for this important transition

Enrichment

 

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:

Bodim

Hever

Rochester

Scotney

 

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.

Nurture

 

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:

  • Inclusion and support is every student’s entitlement and every adult’s responsibility
  • We will intervene quickly to understand and provide proactive support for pupils
  • We will ensure we provide the correct support at the right time
  • We will monitor progress carefully, adjusting any support as required

 

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.

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