Our School's Curriculum Intent
As we live in a fast changing world, we recognise the importance of preparing our children for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century. To this end, we offer a creative, broad and balanced enquiry based curriculum which will help all children to become successful learners and confident, responsible individuals who have a sense of agency* and develop to recognise their role as citizens of the world. The requirements of the National Curriculum are followed but we also respond to the interests, experiences and opinions of our children wherever possible. The enquiry led curriculum always starts with a question which provides purpose and this question needs to be answered, developing children’s skills in; explaining, justifying, convincing, describing, analysing and reasoning whilst also developing research and investigation skills too.
Visits to local and regional places of interest as well as exploiting the skills of those in the local and church community often complement the enquiry based curriculum.
As a school we are proud of our Christian ethos and distinctiveness and we want a curriculum which continues to develop and enhance our ethos – one that develops a sense of hope and agency as well as supporting Courageous Advocacy in the new SIAMS framework. We want it to be located in the local community but also within national and international contexts too- developing our children as global citizens of the future.
(*a sense they can make a difference in their own lives and in the wider community)
At Chudleigh School we follow Letters and Sounds – the principles and practice of high quality phonics. Letters and Sounds is a programme of study published by the Department for Education and Skills (2007.) It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by age seven. To support the teaching of phonics through letters and sounds we use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme.