At Chipstead Valley, where possible and appropriate, we make cross-curricular links between subjects. These are based around each year group’s ‘Discovery Topic’ and enable children to see the links between different areas of their learning and build upon them. Each Year group has their own ‘Topic at a Glance’, which 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. Although topics include cross-curricular objectives from science, geography, history, art, design technology, music, Spanish, PE, RE and computing, we feel it is important for children to consider these subjects specifically, so we will often refer to our children as ‘artists’, ‘scientists’ and ‘historians’ etc. We are lucky to have specialist teachers of music and PE, who support the delivery of these subjects from EYFS to Year 6.
Wider Curriculum Intent
Our children will become confident and passionate artists through a hands-on approach to learning. They will develop their understanding of the main visual elements of art: Colour, Line and Tone, Shape and Form and Texture through a fully inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that ensures a progression of skills. Our children will use first-hand experiences, imagination and creativity to produce works of art and will become proficient in various art techniques, processes, mediums and materials. They will foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers in history and modern culture and understand how they have impacted and shaped the world we live in. Our children will be able to develop their critical abilities through analysing their own work and the work of others’ and will be confident in the use of the language of art though carefully sequenced lessons and experiences.
Our children will become confident and literate in all aspects of computing. They will develop a curiosity and understanding of the core principles of the computing curriculum; computer science, information technology and digital literacy. They will gain an appreciation of the ever-changing world of technology in which we live and be excited by the opportunities that programming and computing provides. The skills that the children develop, will foster both their logical and their practical minds as well as challenge their creativity, encouraging them think of computing not just in a lesson but also of its real-life implications.
Design & Technology
Our children will be young designers, developing curiosity and critical appreciation of the human-made objects, systems and environments with which they interact. They will gain insight into the changing world of technology and innovation and, with an appreciation of important issues such as needs, values, sustainability and enterprise, be excited by the possibilities of designing products to solve real and relevant problems. They will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise to make high-quality prototypes and products and will use and apply their repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills gained across other STEAM subjects in order to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. They will understand the principles of nutrition and be able to cook and perform everyday tasks confidently. Children will learn to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens.
Our children will be young geographers, developing a curiosity and thirst for knowledge and understanding of the diverse physical and human world we inhabit. Through a largely investigative approach they will learn how the Earth’s physical features are formed and how humans live on, and use, land and resources (both natural and made). They will learn to use, maps, photographs and digital technology to help their understanding as well as conducting their own fieldwork. Their geographical knowledge will raise their awareness of the need to take care of the World and the potential impact of pollution and climate change.
Our children will be young historians, curious and knowledgeable about the past. They will understand history as the study of change and continuity over time. They will be able to recognise, describe and explain differences, similarities and connections between individuals and groups of people in different places at different times. They will be able to, and want to, think critically, evaluate evidence and question assumptions. They will understand the impact of history on today’s world, and will gain perspective on their own and others’ identity.
Our children will become creative and expressive musicians through an approach which engenders a love and appreciation of music. They will develop their understanding of music through exploration of performing, composing and appraising within a multicultural and inclusive curriculum that ensures a progression of skills. Our children will develop musical knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to their age-related stage following a logical and systematic curriculum interwoven throughout their school experience. The seven elements of music (duration, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure) will form the backbone of the curriculum.
Our children will become individuals, who lead active lifestyles and love taking part in physical activity. They will be confident and have the tools and understanding that enables them to have a positive impact on their own health and well-being. Physical Education will challenge, encourage problem solving, and promote self-esteem through a wide variety of sports and physical activities. Children will develop the resilience to cope with success and failure through individual, team and competitive-based physical challenges, embedding the values of fair play and respect. They will understand the importance of training and practice in enabling them to improve and to achieve their best. A diverse curriculum will allow children to develop physical literacy in creative activities, encouraging expression, collaboration and individuality. Talent will be identified and nurtured, with opportunities for skills development within the school curriculum and beyond.
In accordance with Government guidelines, RE should be taught to all pupils and therefore at CVPS we have adopted the Croydon Locally Agreed Syllabus 2018. This syllabus has been designed to reflect the faiths within the local community thus incorporating a broadly Christian Curriculum that also covers Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism.
Our children will be young philosophers, developing their knowledge of Religion and philosophies both locally and around the world. They are encouraged to question and reflect how world religions underpin values and morals of the local community. Our approach is based upon learning about the faiths and from the faiths and how this relates to their own and others’ lives.
We will provide the children with opportunities to visit places of worship, look at a variety of artefacts as well as using drama, holy books as well as digital resources.
Our children will be confident, young linguists developing a life-long love of speaking and understanding Spanish. Spanish is an inclusive subject that supports speaking and listening skills and helps children to grow their oracy in a nurturing and safe environment.
Children will develop their language learning skills by:
- Using games and songs to bring learning to life.
- Developing their confidence through regular practise in class in speaking, writing and listening.
- Using resources developed by Primary Language Network.
New and specialist vocabulary is introduced regularly and progressively and children are taught to communicate confidently in class through teacher and child led activities.
We are committed to fostering the children’s desire to learn Spanish focusing on language, culture and a thirst for knowledge. Take a look at our Spanish Knowledge Organiser to for more information.
Our Wellbeing Curriculum provides children with the opportunities and experiences they will need to develop the attitudes, attributes and values, which we believe are vital to best prepare them for life in and beyond school. We also encourage our children to “Be the Best They Can Be” and reward those children displaying our Chipstead Valley Values (Thoughtfulness, Respect, Co-operation, Resilience, Enquiry, Communication, Morality, Adaptability) in our weekly B-Badge assemblies.
This Wellbeing Curriculum also incorporates all statutory aspects of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education as introduced from September 2020. LINK
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