We make use of our Academy freedoms to adapt the Chepping View curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils. We follow the new National Curriculum in Maths in all year groups. In English, we have adapted our curriculum to take account of some of the changes from the new National Curriculum, and in Science, we follow the new curriculum in all year groups. However, some science units have been moved to an alternative year group to ensure there is enough time for good quality coverage. If you would like to find out more about the curriculum of any year group, please contact the year group or phase leader via the office- email@example.com
Phonics is taught daily from Foundation Stage to the end of Year 2 in small groups so that work is closely matched to the needs of each child. We use a range of approaches driven by synthetic phonics and including sight vocabulary and contextual work. We follow the published guidance from Letters and Sounds. We do not follow a published scheme. Children are entered for the National Phonics test at the end of Year 1. Those who do not meet the expected level are re-entered at the end of Year 2.
Phonics continues to be taught through Key Stage 2 for those children who need additional input. The rest of the children move on to age-appropriate spelling.
In 2019, our Phonics Check result was that 96% of children in Y1 passed the check.
Children are taught reading skills through phonics and other approaches mentioned above. They take part in weekly whole class guided reading sessions in KS1 and daily reading sessions in KS2. These sessions are focused on vocabulary, inference and comprehension skills.
Children are also given home reading books which are for practising reading with their families. These are mostly from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, but include other schemes such as Cambridge PM.
National Curriculum (2014) Foundation Subjects
We make use of our Academy freedoms to adjust the curriculum for Foundation Subjects to suit our children. After consultation with local secondary schools for example, we have taken the decision not to follow the new National Curriculum for History or Geography fully. We are following the new curriculum for Computing, PE, Art and DT.
We follow the Buckinghamshire RE syllabus, and will be delivering the new statutory Relationships Education from Sept 2020.
The Chepping View curriculum uses integrated topic work to enhance learning and to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. History, Geography and Science themes are usually carried through the term or half-term and are reinforced through work in English, Art, DT and Music where appropriate.
All schools now have the freedom to assess in a manner of their own choosing. At Chepping View, we use Target Tracker to track children's progress.
We have a strong focus on Teacher Assessment, with teachers using the Target Tracker software to identify where children are progressing well, and where the gaps in learning are. We use language like below expected level, at expected level and securing expected level.
Children carry out at least 3 independent writing tasks in their writing assessment books each year and are assessed at the end of each Maths and Science unit with a low stakes test. This informs future planning.
In Foundation Stage, we assess children on entry (baseline assessment), and regularly through the year. Assessments are recorded against the statutory Foundation Stage profile using Tapestry software. This is regularly shared with parents through an app.
Year 1- Year 1 pupils do the Phonics Check in June with results given to parents in the end of year reports.
Year 2- Year 2 pupils take the Phonics Re-check if they did not meet the expected level in Y1. They also do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths test and Reading Comprehension test. They may complete a non-statutory Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test as well. The results of these tests inform the Teacher Assessment result, reported to parents in the end of year report.
Year 6- Year 6 pupils do a statutory Mental Arithmetic test, Maths test, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test and Reading Comprehension test in May. In some years, they may do a Science test, if the academy is selected to do so. These results are reported to parents, along with the Teacher Assessment of writing, in the end of year report.
Year Group Curriculum Coverage