The curriculum, in its fullest sense, firmly underpins the core Christian values, from which a culture and ethos is generated that supports the spiritual development of all involved in the community. The school is committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all children are provided for, whatever their gifts and talents. We aim to make provision for academic achievement and spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development of our children.
In the daily living out of our Christian faith, we aim to ensure that religious education and spiritual development will permeate every aspect of the curriculum, so that it is explicit and implicit within the taught curriculum. The children are supported, through the curriculum, to grow in faith and deepen their relationships with God and each other.
We believe our curriculum should also prepare our children for a lifetime of learning – with careers that don’t yet exist and technologies we cannot imagine. Our pupils will need to develop the skills required to learn continuously throughout their lifetime. They must develop a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. This is a shared curriculum intent which reflects high ambitions for all. Our Core Christian values of hope, respect, compassion, peace and forgiveness are at its foundations, preparing children to learn within a harmonious environment underpinned by God’s love.
At Chester-le-Street CE Primary school our curriculum is designed to promote wisdom, foster active engagement, instil a wide vocabulary and enable pupils to transfer their basic skills.
There is evidence that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic-based curriculum allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning, and consolidate skills. Children are also likely to be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it. Chester-le-Street CE Primary School has therefore developed a thematic curriculum to deliver the majority of the National Curriculum 2014. Others are taught discretely. The timetable is carefully considered to ensure that pupils experience a broad range of learning opportunities and that the curriculum is not narrowed.
The following subjects are taught discretely:
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
The following subjects are taught thematically:
- History or Geography
- Design Technology
Each termly plan has a core curriculum driver taken from either Science, History or Geography programme of study. Curriculum delivery is planned around a thought-provoking ‘hook in’ question which encourages a sense of curiosity in our pupils. Independence and resilience are encouraged through the involvement of pupils in uncovering new information for themselves to reach an answer.
You can view or download the curriculum plans for 2020-2021 by clicking the link below which will take you to our Curriculum Content page where you can access the Long term plans for each subject:
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Chester-le-Street CE Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEN Information Report
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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