Subjects are taught on a two-year programme in each KS1 and KS2 class, to ensure that children do not repeat the same work during their time with any teacher. Work within each class is also clearly differentiated for differing abilities.
We believe that the curriculum, environment and staff structure in KS1 and KS2 allows the children the opportunity to continue to make progress and develop their skills year on year at Chenies School.
The teaching of English follows the new Primary Curriculum (2014). Reading, writing and communication are key skills and children are encouraged to progress at their own pace. The development of literacy skills are not confined to only English lessons but are embedded throughout the curriculum.
Reading is taught in a variety of ways, including synthetic phonics, guided reading and individual reading. We use a range of texts - fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, so that children gain breadth as well as depth. All children have access to a wide range of books, both within the classroom and the School Library. They are encouraged to take home books and share with parents and carers.
We encourage the children to write in a range of genres dependent on the purpose and audience for which they are writing. From Year 1, children are given spellings to learn at home each week and as children become more proficient they are encouraged to check their own spellings using a dictionary.
Listening skills are developed through story telling, class discussion, drama, music and audio visual material. Children gain confidence through drama, classroom debate, assembly work, school productions and general discussions.
Children are encouraged to develop a clear and fluent style of handwriting.
The teaching of Maths follows the new Primary Curriculum (2014). A range of resources are used to deliver the curriculum and a range of strategies are implemented for the children to develop mathematical skills:
- investigation and problem solving
- interaction with others
- questioning and explaining
- consolidation of skills
- application of skills and
- exploration and experimentation
Mathematics forms an integral part of the school curriculum, and is therefore relevant in other areas of the curriculum. Where possible this is emphasised to the children and the development of their problem solving skills is enhanced.
The Skills Curriculum predominately encompasses Science, History, Geography, Design & Technology and Art, and where appropriate maybe linked to other subjects. We believe that combining the foundation subjects into one skills based curriculum, enables children to have a greater understanding and application of different skills through a holistic approach. This is achieved through teaching themed topics each term. The school provides a range of opportunities and resources in order to develop these cross-curricular skills.
Computing plays an important role in enhancing the children’s learning across all subjects. The children are taught a range of computing skills and are introduced to graphics, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia presentations and programming. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard that is used daily to enhance teaching and learning.
The School has a range of technology to enable us to deliver the computing curriculum. All computers are connected to the internet to enable the children to learn how to search and locate information in a safe and efficient manner.
Internet access is carefully controlled at all times and we have established a clear internet policy.
Music is an important part of children’s education, whether it is learning to appreciate or create their own music. Skills include: performing, composing, and listening. The children in Year 3/4 have weekly French Horn lessons, as a whole class.There is the opportunity for more formal individual or small group tuition, in string, brass and woodwind instruments with peripatetic teachers.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Chenies School, KS2 pupils are taught Spanish. Our aim is to develop a love of learning a foreign language and to teach them basic vocabulary. We encourage them to ask and answer questions in Spanish, for example, to order food from a menu; to ask for directions and understand instructions. We also look at the customs and culture of the country.
Personal, Social, Health Education
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is an important aspect of the school curriculum, ethos and values. We aim to equip children with the skills and attitudes they need to make informed choices and decisions and to value themselves as individuals.
Sex education is also included as part of the PSHE programme and is taught throughout the School in accordance with legislation. There is a focus on sex education in Year 6 and parents will be informed when this is taking place; and are invited to view the teaching video before the unit starts. This unit is supported by the School nurse. Parents may withdraw their children from sex education if they so wish
Religious Education is taught throughout the school following the Buckinghamshire County Council agreed syllabus for Religious Education. In addition we provide opportunities for visitors from different faith communities to come to the school and talk to the children and arrange visits to a variety of places of worship.