Taught Curriculum

Core Subjects

We make use of our Academy freedoms to adapt the Chepping View curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils.We follow the new National Curriculum in Maths in all year groups. In English, we have adapted our curriculum to take account of some of the changes from the new National Curriculum, and in Science, we follow the new curriculum in all year groups. However, some science units have been moved to an alternative year group to ensure there is enough time for good quality coverage.

Phonics

Phonics is taught daily from Foundation Stage to the end of Year 2 in small groups so that work is closely matched to the needs of each child. We use a range of approaches driven by synthetic phonics and including sight vocabulary and contextual work. We follow the published guidance from Letters and Sounds. We do not follow a published scheme. Children are entered for the National Phonics test at the end of Year 1. Those who do not meet the expected level are re-entered at the end of Year 2.

Phonics continues to be taught through Key Stage 2 for those children who need additional input. The rest of the children move on to age-appropriate spelling.

Reading

Children are taught reading skills through phonics and other approaches mentioned above. They take part in weekly guided reading sessions in groups throughout their time at school. These sessions are focused on understanding and comprehension skills. For guided reading, the school uses the Kingscourt reading scheme throughout KS1 and 2 as well as AlphaKids at KS1.

Children are also given home reading books which are for practising reading with their families. These are mostly from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, but include other schemes such as Cambridge PM.

The school takes part in the Reading Recovery Scheme for eligible Year 1  pupils and employs a dedicated Reading Recovery teacher.

New National Curriculum (2014) Foundation Subjects

We make use of our Academy freedoms to adjust the curriculum for Foundation Subjects to suit our children. After consultation with local secondary schools for example, we have taken the decision not to follow the new National Curriculum for History. We are following the new curriculum for Computing, PE, Art and DT.

We follow the Buckinghamshire RE syllabus, and continue to follow the curriculum 2000 PSHCE guidance, which has not been updated for the new National Curriculum.

Topic Work

The Chepping View curriculum uses integrated topic work to enhance learning and to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. History, Geography and Science themes are usually carried through the term or half-term and are reinforced through work in English, Art, DT and Music.

Year Group Topics

  • EYFS follow the EYFS curriculum
  • Year 1: Ourselves, Mexico, Toys, Space
  • Year 2: Journeys, Big Events, Weather, Growing and Shrinking, Nonsense Poems and Minibeasts.
  • Year 3: Ancient Greece, Roald Dahl
  • Year 4: Rainforest, High Wycombe, Romans
  • Year 5: Tudors, India
  • Year 6: Children in WW2, Rivers, Moving On

This cross-curricular approach allows children to develop a wider and deeper understanding of what they are learning and makes their learning more interesting and exciting.

Early Years Policy

Assessment

The requirement to use National Curriculum levels for assessment in all year groups is now no longer in place. All schools now have the freedom to assess in a manner of their own choosing. At Chepping View, we use Target Tracker Assessment to track children's progress.

We have a strong focus on Teacher Assessment, with teachers using target sheets and the Target Tracker software to identify where children are progressing well, and where the gaps in learning are.  We use language like below expected level, at expected level and securing expected level.

Children carry out at least 3 independent writing tasks in their writing assessment books each year and are tested at the end of each Maths and Science unit. This informs future planning.

In Foundation Stage, we assess children on entry (baseline assessment), and regularly through the year. Assessments are recorded against the statutory Foundation Stage profile.

Statutory Testing

Year 1- Year 1 pupils do the Phonics Check in June with results given to parents in the end of year reports.

Year 2- Year 2 pupils take the Phonics Re-check if they did not meet the expected level in Y1. They also do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths test, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test and Reading Comprehension test. The results of these tests inform the Teacher Assessment result, reported to parents in the end of year report.

Year 6- Year 6 pupils do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths test, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test and Reading Comprehension test in May. In some years, they may do a Science test, if the academy is selected to do so.