The Core Subjects

English

The New Primary Curriculum (2014) for English, provides an excellent framework, which ensures progressive and sustained development.

Our aims at Chattenden are that all children:

  • will be offered the opportunity to develop their awareness and involvement in Literacy
  • will improve and develop their skills in spoken and written language
  • will learn to adapt these skills to different purposes and varying audiences
  • will be able to read enquiringly from a range of exciting and stimulating genres and develop into fluent and effective readers capable of comment and opinion
  • will be able to communicate effectively in written form and convey meaning that is clear and purposeful
  • will be able to represent their work in clear and legible handwriting as well as through a variety of presentations appropriate to the purpose of writing.

We follow "Oxford Reading Tree" and use "Letters and Sounds" as schemes to help us to teach the children to read.

Reading and Phonics

At Chattenden School, we have a rich literary spine that is made up of a variety of reading schemes. Each book is colour banded. The colour band indicates the graded reading level. This helps our children to select the right books for their reading ability. It also helps staff to audit books and distribute various levels across the school.

Reading schemes, guided reading texts, picture books, non-fiction and general fiction can all be banded. This means that books suitable for very early readers can be graded as can texts for fluent readers, ensuring that children experience success as they progress from one level to the next. Chattenden uses a combination of the following reading schemes: Dandelion Launchers, Jelly and Bean, Tree Tops and Oxford Reading Tree which include a wealth of text types such as stories, play scripts, poetry and non-fiction.

Phonics is taught daily and follows the government scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. During phonic sessions, children are taught to recognise phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (written sounds), to segment a word (sound out each individual phoneme) and blend (put phonemes back together) to read words. Within a session, children revisit, review, practice and then apply their phonic skills. Much of this learning is taught in a Read Write Inc style where the delivery of teaching is fast paced and vocal with high pupil involvement. Phonic games include Phonic Bingo, Hangman, Pass the basket and Guess my phoneme.

Letters and Sounds is supplemented by a range of teacher-made resources and flash cards purchased from educational suppliers. Staff also have access to ‘Phonics Play’ to support them in delivering daily phonics sessions.

Mathematics

The New Primary Curriculum (2014)for mathematics and provides comprehensive and progressive coverage, which ensures sustained development for all of our pupils.

Our aims at Chattenden are that all children:

  • will be given the learning opportunities to develop their mathematical enquiry
  • will be given regular opportunity to retain and recall basic concepts and skills of number
  • will be provided with opportunities to collect, record and interpret data
  • will be provided with the opportunity to investigate shape and spatial mathematics
  • will be expected to acquire knowledge, skill and understanding which will enable them to solve problems and explain their strategy
  • will present their work clearly and to show the pathways to their answers

By following the New Primary Curriculum (2014) we ensure the correct content and coverage is met, but are flexible to the needs of our school. In addition to these we provide and adapt other resources to ensure effective learning and teaching.

Science

Our aims at Chattenden are that all children:

  • will be given the learning opportunities to develop their scientific enquiry
  • will be expected to understand the procedures for sound investigation
  • will be given regular opportunity to extend their knowledge skills and understanding of science
  • will be provided with opportunities to collect, record and interpret data
  • will be provided with the opportunity to investigate and test the theory of science
  • will present their work clearly and to show the pathways to their conclusions