At Chilton, we strive to create and deliver a curriculum that allows children balance and breadth to their learning and whole primary school experience. Whilst core skills in English and Maths underpin all key elements of learning, our children thrive on a variety of experiences that allow them to truly develop a love of learning. 'One childhood, one chance' remains at the heart of our curriculum so that every child can succeed and flourish.
Below is an outline of teaching and learning for the national curriculum. Please click on the link on the left for full details of The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) at Chilton.
Language development underpins all the learning that takes place in schools, as a child’s language is the medium through which he or she learns about other subjects. English makes a major contribution to the development of a child’s language which, in turn, contributes to the child’s understanding of his/her world, the world of others and the world of imagination. Since English is integral to the learning process throughout the curriculum, it follows that whenever anything is being taught or learned there is potential for developing a child’s language.
While there will be discrete English lessons each day; literacy skills, in particular speaking and listening & writing, will be used and developed in every curriculum area through the International Primary Curriculum. Taught Literacy sessions will ensure that children are engaged in a variety of activities matched to their specific needs. Play, storytelling, talking about their own experiences and ideas, drama and improvisation provide a sound base at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with an emphasis on pupils exploring and expressing their own world. Teaching and learning styles will mix instruction; group collaboration; paired work; practical activity, performance; individual research and investigation with appropriate strategies to encourage effective learning through language, such as sharing learning intentions and success criteria and opportunities to review and evaluate. Varied and regular writing tasks will also be a feature across the whole of our curriculum in every year group.
PHONICS – Reception and Year 1
Phonics teaching will follow the ‘Read Write Inc publication’ (RWI). It is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report: ‘Reading by six: how the best schools do it.’
In reading we will use a variety of approaches such as: