The Foundation Subjects

The teaching of history takes our children on a journey through time. The subject is initiated through children’s early experiences of history, which leads them to discover key figures and events through the ages and explore and investigate in more detail, the major periods of history, as they progress through our school. It encourages their enquiry and expects them to make comparisons and draw conclusions from their learning opportunities. Photographs, videos and artefacts are among the resources used to support the teaching of History.


Children’s local geography is the starting point of the curriculum for this subject. As they progress through the school they have the opportunity to improve their enquiry skills and explore physical and political geography as well as investigating human resources and their impact on local and world wide environmental issues. Maps, photographs and videos are some of the available resources to support this.
This subject is highly valued at Chattenden Primary School. Children are encouraged to develop a love of music through exposure to a variety of music and the opportunity to represent their compositions through a range of presentations. They are encouraged to listen and appraise music and to clearly express their opinion for preference. Singing and performing are an integral part of the curriculum and supported by a variety of musical instruments. Instrumental tuition is available currently for the guitar and brass instruments.


Children are progressively taught skill and techniques that they are encouraged to apply to a wide range of materials and mediums, with a variety of different tools. They are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding and encouraged to express their opinions and preferences. Their introduction to a range of artists encourages their evaluation skills and can influence the interpretation and composition of their work.
At Chattenden Primary School we will use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our French lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Children will have the opportunity to support their work with a variety of resources. We will aim for a balance of whole class, group and independent learning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum; ICT, PE and Music, for example, are particularly appropriate for cross-curricular teaching.”

Design and Technology
Planning and evaluating are an essential part of the development of this subject. It is often presented through projects and lends itself to the inclusion of other curriculum skills. Pupils select materials and they assess their effectiveness for the task. The design and making elements require interaction between pairs or small groups and encourage a co-operative and constructive support to pupils of all abilities. Product knowledge is also explored as pupils progress through the school. This supports the development of their work for the project they have undertaken and extends their understanding of technological processes and their contributions to our community and the wider world.
Physical Education (P.E)
This is a vital part of the curriculum as it provides structured opportunities to develop skills and co-ordination. Games, apparatus and floor skills are progressively taught. Children are encouraged to plan routines to apply to their work and encouraged to review these and evaluate the work of others. Sportsmanship is highly promoted, as are individual achievement, personal effort and endeavour.


Swimming is offered to all 7-11 year old pupils and lessons are held at the community pool in Hoo. A reasonable charge is made to support the cost of tuition, premises and transport to the pool. Our P.E provision is further supported by a range of after school clubs.

Religious Education
Our school follows the recommendations and guidelines of the Medway syllabus for Religious Education. Through this the focus is largely Christian; with knowledge of the other four major religions offered to improve the understanding of the other communities with which we share our community and the wider world. Our daily worship is non-denominational and guest speakers from all walks of life are invited to present an assembly during each week. Our teachers also present assemblies and our children thoroughly enjoy organising and presenting assemblies to parents each term.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education but would be required to provide an alternative work schedule for this period of learning.


At Chattenden Primary we follow the Medway Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. For more information please see:
Medway Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018.pdf
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship
This aspect of the curriculum promotes responsible attitudes to each other and those around us. It encourages personal responsibility for actions, decisions and their outcomes in school and in their lives. Issues of health and safety are explored and children’s opinions are openly discussed and shared. Children are encouraged to tolerate the views of others and to voice disagreement in a constructive and respectful way. Children are made aware of health issues and their importance. They are introduced to the aspects of local government and the democratic system in the latter years of Key Stage 2.


Personal development is explored throughout the Science and PSHE curriculum and incorporates all processes of life. However, sex education is specifically taught to Year 6 through a sensitive and specific programme relevant to their age and maturity. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the specific sex education unit must inform the school at the time and would be required to provide alternative study activities for this period of learning.

Our aims at Chattenden are that all children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.