At Chipstead Valley Primary School we believe that children can truly succeed when their learning experiences are carefully planned to match their needs so that everyone experiences appropriate levels of both challenge and achievement. We aim to ensure that every child thrives through the careful planning of a differentiated curriculum, which ensures the mastering of basic skills and the experience of a broad and balanced range of experiences.
We believe that our role is to ensure that children make the maximum progress, acquire lifelong learning skills and enjoy a happy and successful school career that provides varied opportunities to develop individual potential and creativity. We want the very best for all our children so that they make good progress during their time with us and when they come to leave Chipstead each child is well prepared academically, socially and emotionally for the next stage of his/her life.
Our approach to teaching curriculum involves planning and preparing for stimulating learning. We strive to ensure our curriculum provides:
- A purposeful and engaging context in which to place the learning so that it is meaningful and inspiring for children;
- A detailed awareness of children’s current attainment and the next steps they need to take in order to progress;
- A clear understanding of the learning which is going to take place and the steps children will have to achieve in order to be successful;
- Careful planning and adapting for the needs of different children in the class so that all are challenged and supported appropriately;
- Planning for specific opportunities to involve children in their own learning and engage them in identifying their own next steps;
- Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approaches to learning and teaching to cater for the learning styles and individual needs of all children;
- Time for the children to demonstrate their prior learning
- Displays to motivate, reinforce concepts and value children’s work;
- A good pace of teaching to ensure that children remain focused and engaged;
- Planning for the use of ICT and other resources to engage and excite children in their learning;
- Key thinking questions which will focus children’s thinking and promote learning
At Chipstead, where possible and appropriate, we especially try to make cross curricular links between subjects of the curriculum. These are based around each year group’s ‘Contexts for Learning’ and enable children to see the links between different areas of their learning and build upon them. This is known as Discovery learning. Each Year group has their own set of ‘Contexts for Learning’ and the classroom environment is set up to ensure children are immersed in the topic being taught. Each context is planned carefully to ensure quality links across subjects and a breadth of subjects being taught. The topics are progressive across the school and ensure suitable challenge in every year group. Discovery includes Science, Geography, History, Art and DT. Music, French, PE, RE and Computing are taught explicitly.
Discovery learning also incorporates theme weeks in which the whole school spends a week learning about a similar theme. Previous theme weeks have included Carnival Week and One World Week. The outcomes of these weeks have included art work, dances, parades and writing.
In line with the new National Curriculum, maths teaching at Chipstead Valley Primary School aims to develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We follow a ‘Mastery’ approach which gives all children the opportunity to deepen their mathematical understanding, making connections and reason mathematically through varied and stimulating lessons. Working as part of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Maths Hubs programme, we use research into the world’s most effective mathematics teaching to ensure our curriculum is innovative and ensures the highest standards of attainment for all. Lessons include varied mathematical representations, practical resources and opportunities for children to communicate mathematically when justifying, proving and explaining their thinking.
All children are taught to have a positive mind-set in maths and believe in their ability. They are taught that we are all born with the ability to succeed in maths, maths is not about speed, it can be seen differently by different people and mistakes are valuable. Our maths teaching is enhanced across the school through the use of regular ‘maths meetings’ which allow for increasing fluency and consolidation.
Our aim is to develop pupils’ competence in the programme of study of Word Reading and Comprehension. Phonics is taught in Reception, Year 1 and to Year 2 children where appropriate, through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc. phonics programme. Children are allocated and work through colour banded books of different reading skill levels as they work through the school.
Comprehension skills are developed through adult led guided reading sessions. This involves children participating in high quality discussions from a range of texts including poetry, stories and non-fiction.
Our Writing is taught in line with our termly topics and is developed through the use of high quality reading texts.
We aim to develop pupils’ competence in the accuracy of grammar, punctuation and spelling and the structure of text composition. Children are taught the skills of planning for an extended piece of writing, organising their work coherently and the processes of evaluation and editing.