At Chaulden we believe learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Our teaching aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the important things in their lives and to take responsibility for their own learning. Running throughout our curriculum are the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government from September 2014 we have been working hard to refresh our school curriculum but still ensure that we create a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interest them.
We have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum to deliver excellent cross-curricular learning opportunities for children at our school.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is designed to cover the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum and
delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each project:
To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
How will all of the subjects be covered?
At Chaulden Junior School we believe in the value of lifelong learning and that people learn new things every day; learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Our teaching aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the important things in their lives and to take responsibility for their own learning. We believe that appropriate learning will lead to happy and rewarding lives.
The development of English language skills is a conscious concern in every aspect of school life. Each day provides the opportunity to develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. A daily English lesson ensures that all these skills are covered.
The daily mathematics lesson ensures that all children have a well-planned and challenging maths education throughout their time at school. Calculators are often used in the classroom, and times tables and mental arithmetic skills are regularly practised. Maths is also regularly included in other curriculum areas, such as history and geography.
Science topics are a major part of every term’s work. The science curriculum is planned so that each child covers the learning areas of the National Curriculum twice; introducing a theme, then returning to it to consolidate and develop their learning. The teachers’ approach to teaching science aims to develop the skills of planning, hypothesising and predicting, designing and carrying out investigations.
We encourage children to have a cross curricular approach to their learning and emphasise the opportunity to use the skills they develop in speaking, listening, reading, writing, maths and science in all other areas of the curriculum.
Design and Technology
Each year the curriculum will include the teaching of specific skills, eg electric circuits, and provide opportunities to apply children’s skills in a “design and make” project.
In addition to a weekly class music lesson and whole school singing, children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of musical activities. All children in years 3 and 4 have the opportunity to learn the recorder as part of the curriculum. There is a variety of specialist music lessons, including violin, guitar and piano. Details of the cost of lessons and free tuition for families receiving income support are available from the school office.
Geographical themes form a major part of the curriculum, and include food, weather, the world, rivers, settlement, the environment. A study of places is included in a number of the other topics, as are the skills of map reading, investigating geographical features and using geographical tools.
Work in art will sometimes develop a particular skill e.g. colour mixing, or the study of a particular artist. Other work will complement other areas of the curriculum eg their topic or language work. Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills in painting, drawing, printing, collage work, modelling, pottery and needlework .
Historical themes are a major focus of much of our topic work. The teaching of history aims to develop a sense of chronology and the abilities to enquire, organise, interpret and understand.
Physical Education (PE)
All children have regular PE lessons both with their class teachers and specialist sports and dance teachers. These include indoor gym and outdoor games lessons which focus on particular games or skills (such as dance). Children in Year 4 swim once a week for the whole year. A voluntary contribution is requested to cover the cost of swimming. The children’s achievements in PE are celebrated in a whole school Sports Day at the end of the summer term.
Computing is increasingly integrated into the curriculum. We have 30 laptops which are shared throughout the school, and each classroom has at least 2 computers at the back of the room. Computers are seen as an aid to learning, rather than as an end in themselves. We have a selection of software which supports a range of curriculum areas. In particular, the children will have opportunities to develop their word processing and graphics skills as well as learning about coding, programming and using social media.
Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
This is an important part of the children’s development and time is allocated both to deal with issues or problems which arise but also to focus on planned areas such as disability, friendships, drugs and sex education. Within the PSHE lessons, and as part of the daily assemblies, the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect are promoted and taught. The children learn about democracy through the election of the School Council and the Eco Warriors and understand how to have their voice heard via yearly pupil surveys and pupil voice discussions with teachers. As well as the school rules, which the children developed themselves, each year individual classes determine their own class rules and sign a class contract to agree to abide by them. The children are taught, through this, about the importance of the rule of law and the reasons and values behind this. Visitors to assemblies, such as the PCSO and the Fire Service, reinforce this in the community and the country as a whole. Linked to this, the children are taught about mutual respect, linked to respect for each other and respect for others who may be different to us. As a school with a strong inclusive ethos, the children regularly discuss what it means to different and how they can value each other regardless of this.
Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education is received by all children in classroom teaching and during school assemblies. The children will be involved in learning about many religions of the world and taught about tolerance and understanding of different faiths.
Assemblies link to important religious festivals and children learn why these are important to different faiths. Through multi cultural days, the children learn about cultural diversity. The teaching of Religious Education follows the guidelines laid down by Hertfordshire County Council in the agreed syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and those wishing to do so should consult the Head Teacher.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
Sex and relationships education is included in the PSHE curriculum throughout the school at age appropriate levels. Discussions on relationships form part of the school’s approach to personal and social education. The Governors’ Sex Education Policy is available to parents from the school office.
Children learn Latin as their language part of the National Curriculum. This gives them a secure understanding of the foundations of language and develops spelling and grammar in English.