At Chesterton Primary School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our pupils thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.
Our Early Years Curriculum
Our curriculum aims to meet the needs of all learners by offering a challenging, stimulating and play-based approach whilst identifying gaps in development following the interests of the unique child. We achieve this by using two different approaches simultaneously as well as following the EYFS framework.
- ‘In The Moment Planning’ (ITMP)
- ‘Linked Provision’
- ‘In The Moment Planning’ (ITMP)
The curriculum is not planned ahead but purely steered by a child’s natural desire to explore and learn. Our practitioners support the child’s learning by creating an enabling environment (both physical and emotional) and through the relationships and interactions that the child experiences. Practitioners through observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning enable the child to achieve the early learning goals.
The ‘Story Topic’ Curriculum Years 1-6
The ‘Story Topic’ curriculum is a skills based curriculum that has the development of literacy skills at its heart. We believe that developing key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing is crucial to children’s attainment in all curriculum areas. Our planning is based around an exciting and challenging novel or story.
This is the vehicle for developing purposeful skills across all curriculum areas in an exciting context with a particular emphasis on securing and embedding literacy skills. Although the ‘Story Topic’ curriculum is intended to be a cross-curricular approach tenuous links with subjects are avoided and as a result we often teach Mathematics, Science, Computing skills, RE, PSHCE, and PE discretely in order to ensure that our curriculum remains broad and balanced, and more importantly, so that our children acquire the necessary skills required for their next stage of learning and development.
Here are some examples of what our children say about our curriculum:
"Books are helping us to find out and learn more about new things."
"I enjoy Story Topic because everything is linked to one story, which makes things more interesting to learn."
"I love being able to use the internet to do my own story topic research about World War Two." "The stories are inspiring me!"
Why do we teach using the ‘Story Topic’ curriculum?
We believe that using high-quality children’s literature as a springboard for all learning will nurture a lifelong love of books and reading as well as ensuring the effective teaching of literacy skills, essential for learning across the curriculum. Curriculum provision delivered in this way offers deeper learning opportunities across many subject areas, as well as focusing on the development of basic skills. The ‘Story Topic’ curriculum not only motivates Chesterton’s pupils but it has a notable impact on the children’s writing skills.
- To develop skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing;
- To develop a love of literature and stories in our children;
- To enhance pupils’ motivation and engagement in their own learning;
- To provide children with experiences and opportunities to engage in practical, purposeful learning;
- To provide opportunities for ‘deeper learning’ in different curriculum areas, by enabling a more flexible approach to the curriculum;
- To raise children’s self-esteem through enthusiastic engagement in their learning, and greater pride in their work.