Chester Park Federation Curriculum Statement
The Chester Park curriculum is based on an annual cycle divided into six themed topics. Our learning and teaching adopts a multidisciplinary approach; pupils are challenged to draw on practical skills, evidence of previous learning, academic learning, communication and leadership throughout their curriculum activities.
This topic-based approach is effective in engaging pupils, staff and parents/carers through a range of creative, and meaningful, opportunities that link across subject areas. The creative elements of the curriculum are important for all of our pupils. The children have regular opportunities to engage in the wider arts curriculum.
At Chester Park, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our curriculum. We strive to provide our pupils with a balanced, creative and highly engaging portfolio of learning opportunities that incorporate not only the National Curriculum, but celebrate the ideas and experiences of every learner in our school. At its core, the Chester Park curriculum aims to promote positive attitudes to learning. By equipping our pupils with positive learning experiences from a young age, we aim to create a lifelong positive association with learning and developing new skills.
One of the key principals of our curriculum is developing resilience. The curriculum provides a raft of ‘safe’ contexts for pupils to practice, extend and develop new skills. Through trialling success in an engaging activity, our pupils have successful reference points to draw upon when faced with more challenging contexts during their core subject learning time.
Reading is central to the Chester Park curriculum; high quality texts are used across the school to support learning. Where possible, we use links through these books to create a gateway to the wider curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on the incorporation of English and Mathematics to enable our pupils to rehearse and transfer skills across multiple contexts; equipping them for adulthood and creating an understanding of their own individual abilities.
We encourage our pupils to have high expectations of themselves and proactively challenge their own learning opportunities. In answer to this, Chester Park teaching practitioners continuously explore vehicles for purposeful learning. Our pupils expect to work towards an outcome that is frequently shared with their parents and carers. At Chester Park, we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, through designated learning zones, cultural school visits, expert speakers, large scale performances to the public and community activities, our curriculum therefore extends far beyond the classroom. Central to our values is the emphasis on team work and community. We create whole-school themed weeks over the course of the year including; Science Week, Community Week and an annual Comic Con to facilitate all age groups coming together, sharing skills, knowledge and life experiences.
The school vision; Positive Resilient Meaningful drives the curriculum and helps prepare the children for the next stage of their lives and beyond.
You can always speak to your child’s class teacher for more information on our curriculum.
At Chester Park all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENDCo. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Our inclusion statement emphasises the importance of providing an inclusive learning environment for all pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found in our Special Educational Needs Report and Equalities Report.
As part of this work, the school is in the process of adapting approaches to teaching English and Mathematics. The adaptations will build on existing approaches whilst ensuring a consistent approach in delivering these aspects of the curriculum in each phase of education and over both sites. The Mathematics curriculum will be based on materials from National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and Number Sense. The English curriculum will be based on Literacy Counts for Writing whilst Reading and Phonics are taught through the systematic synthetic approach outlined in Little Wandle.
Curriculum content is communicated to parents / carers continuously on whole school overviews (available via the school website) and on a weekly basis in Class Snapshots (available via email / print). Each Year group is continuously up to date and can be referred to for the latest information regarding curriculum, trips, community events and calendar dates.
Feedback from parents / carers relating to their child's response to the curriculum is warmly encouraged. This is welcomed via the school email or class Dojo.