Cudham Church of England Primary School
At Cudham CE Primary School we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, and make full use of our outdoor space to extend learning.
We aim for children to learn in meaningful contexts, independently and collaboratively. We encourage creativity and support the children in expressing themselves, in all areas of the curriculum, to develop their confidence. Our curriculum is designed in terms of experiences and activities that will promote the continued growth of each child through the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and key skills.
To achieve this, we follow the National Curriculum in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Developing children’s literacy, numeracy and scientific skills is central to our planning and teaching. We then apply these skills finding cross-curricular links through the Primary Challenge Curriculum, a topic-based programme including Science, Humanities, Art and Design, Design Technology, and Performing Arts.
Every class studies a different topic each half term and these can be found as attachments below.
Speaking and Listening: From EYFS throughout the school we encourage pupils to develop language skills through play, drama, role play, presentations, discussion and other learning activities. We place a strong emphasis on the acquisition of vocabulary and technical language, and endeavour to ensure that children learn to speak articulately, and to listen effectively.
We teach phonics and word decoding skills to help children become fluent readers and successful writers. Discrete daily phonics sessions are taught throughout EYFS and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds scheme and this is reinforced using Phonics Play to consolidate learning.
In addition to phonics, KS1 pupils have the opportunity to read regularly to an adult both individually and within group reading sessions where text is explored and discussed. By KS2 reading lessons will also include both verbal and written reading comprehension activities through whole class texts in English lessons and group reading. We also encourage reading and research throughout the curriculum.
At Cudham we use a range of materials to support reading including the Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, and other books relevant to the age and stage of learners. EYFS and KS1 pupils will have a home-school levelled reading book to read to parents and carers. We also aim to encourage a love of books through use of our library, book week and other literacy events, and all pupils are encouraged to take books home regularly.
At Cudham we use the Literacy Tree scheme to engage, inspire and allow pupils to develop an appreciation of quality children’s literature. We use these texts to teach different writing genre and skills, incorporating grammar and punctuation. We also use the Talk for Writing approaches and Shared and Guided Writing to enable children to become confident, independent writers. Spelling is taught through the No-Nonsense Spelling programme at both KS1 and KS2.
At Cudham we teach maths through number and counting, place value, calculations, fractions, geometry, measures and statistics. We broadly follow mastery schemes including Maths Inspire and White Rose Maths to ensure pupils are secure in number and arithmetic. We also use NRICH activities as extensions for the more-able. Maths learning should include opportunities to: work mentally and orally; develop understanding through concrete apparatus, visual representations and abstract knowledge; reason about maths; and, apply skills in problem solving activities and challenges. There are also opportunities to apply maths in the Primary Challenge Curriculum.
We teach the Science through the Primary Challenge Curriculum, aiming to make learning ‘hands on’ and investigative. The curriculum aims to: • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through specific disciplines • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries to answer scientific questions about the world • ensure pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Cudham we value RE within the curriculum; it forms an integral part of the life of the school. In RE we seek to plan lessons where pupils learn from religion, forming their own ideas and opinions, as well as about religion by following the Rochester Diocese Curriculum. Wherever possible, we try to involve our parish clergy in RE to support the teaching of Christianity.
In PE pupils learn the importance of strenuous activity in developing strong healthy bodies and how to work together in pairs, small groups and teams. Children take part in a range of activities including, games, swimming, dance and gym. Physical Education also plays a pivotal role in developing an understanding of how exercise can contribute to a healthy body and lifestyle.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils: • 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 safe, responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
At Cudham we use the Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme where pupils have the opportunity to become computer programmers in different real life contexts.
For information about other aspects of our curriculum, including History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music and PSHE, see the links below, or contact the Head of School, Mrs Sophie Sear, for further information.
Curriculum Overviews & Links
Cudham Church of England Primary School
National Curriculum – Key Stage 1 & 2.
Maths - Years 2 and 3 Overview (Dec17) Click Here - Maths, Years 2 and 3 Overview
Maths - Years 4 and 5 Overview (Dec17) Click Here - Maths, Years 4 and 5 Overview
Maths - Year 6 Overview (Dec17) Click Here - Maths, Year 6 Overview
Literacy Curriculum Overview (Dec17) Click Here - Literacy Curriculum Overview
History and Geography Curriculum Overview (Dec17) Click Here - History and Geography Curriculum Overview
Science Curriculum Overview (Dec17) Click Here - Science Curriculum Overview
Computing Curriculum Overview Click Here - Computing Curriculum Overview
RE Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview Click Here - RE Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview
RE Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview Click Here - RE Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview
External Links to Curriculum Information.
National Curriculum - Key Stage 1 Click Here - National Curriculum - Key Stage 1
National Curriculum - Key Stage 2 Click Here - National Curriculum - Key Stage 2
Letters & Sounds - Principles & Practice of High Quality Phonics Click Here - Letters & Sounds - Principles & Practice of High Quality Phonics