The Curriculum at Chase Side
At Chase Side Primary School, we are committed to providing a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, which embraces the full range of a child’s development; social, physical, creative, cultural and emotional.
We are committed to preparing children for the next stage of their life experience and we believe that it’s a shared responsibility between the child, parents, carers and staff. We welcome and encourage parental and community links in all aspects of the curriculum.
In all areas of the school curriculum we aim to develop and respond to children’s curiosity, broaden their horizons, providing them with the skills and knowledge appropriate to their development stage, so they can move towards becoming independent learners.
At Chase Side purposeful learning experiences are carefully planned within, as well as beyond, the framework of the foundation curriculum and the National Curriculum. Learning experiences and the curriculum is continually developed in order to meet the needs of our children. We mould our curriculum using a range of DFE tools, Chris Quigley’s Essentials Curriculum and Enabling Enterprise.
Our Curriculum drivers are:
Foundation Stage Curriculum
In the Foundation Stage children follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’ This curriculum is broken down into 3 Prime areas and 4 specific areas.
Characteristics of effective Learning:
Teachers plan a range of teaching and learning activities which promote children’s development within their characteristic of learning.
From Year 1 the planned curriculum meets fully the requirements of the National Curriculum, and the SACRE Enfield Agreed Syllabus for RE. Subjects taught are listed below.
At Chase Side, particular emphasis is placed on English, Maths and Science. We are focusing on achieving a more integrated and creative curriculum. Our creative approach to the curriculum supports cross-curricular (inter & intra links within subjects) learning, encouraging children’s autonomy in their learning whilst developing and enhancing skills, knowledge and attitudes. Our move to inter and intra links has enabled a thematic approach for the ‘core’ and ‘foundation subject’ by using either a text focus, Science or Humanities focus as the driver. Our aim is to ensure that children experience a range of skills, subjects and application opportunities to prepare them for their next learning journey as well as teaching ‘teaching fewer things at greater depth’
In achieving our creative curriculum, we envisage that some subjects will be blocked and delivered over a period of time whereas others will remain as stand alone subjects and will be delivered on a weekly basis.