Our curriculum has a purposeful Global theme throughout all that we do - educating and developing tolerant and reflective children to understand and prepare them for adult life in the world around them. We have been successfully awarded the wonderful accreditation of being a regional global learning expert centre and we will be delivering training to local schools throughout 2016/17.
Curriculum overviews Autumn Term:
As the Global Learning Lead School in the region, we are currently learning about food and how it is traded across the world. Likewise, upper key stage 2 are linking this to malnutrition and poverty, which is developing pupils critical thinking on world wide issues.
In KS1 pupils are learning about plants and looking at various species from around the world and how they adapt to different climates. As a result, pupils will also be looking at plants in the UK and exploring if these plants could survive in other countries around the world.
Children are also learning about the rights of a child through the UNICEF work (see below) and they have also considered concepts such as fair trade and how much it costs in money and sometimes child labour to make those trainers that they wear.
We always ensure learning is fun (as that is the Chestnuts Way!) and we constantly promote sound moral values. Our teaching team have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all our children regardless of their personal barriers to learning. Trips and visits are something we set as a priority each term, getting our children out into the world to learn beyond the classroom. As a result, we have 2 minibuses to enable wonderful opportunities such as visits to; Kidzania, Stonehenge, beaches, farms, forests, zoos and much, much more!
Reception Class trips and visitors
Year 1 and 2 trips and visitors
Year 3 and 4 trips and visitors
Year 5 and 6 trips and visitors
We also have the '101 things to do at Chestnuts'. These experiences form the rationale of most of our school trips and are also be weaved within our fabulous curriculum. These 101 challenges put being a child at the heart of everything. Childhood is short and precious and we want Chestnuts children to love being children!
Click on the link below to open and print your copy and get started at home!
101 things to do at Chestnuts
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
We are currently embedding this learning across the whole school through citizenship, PSHE, assemblies and specified sessions in upper key stage 2. We, at Chestnuts, see rights as the foundation of what we do in school. We want our children to demonstrate and model rights respecting behaviours so that they can make a difference. We believe that is what we are here for in terms of educating the world's future decision makers.
These are some of the benefits:
On a Friday children spend the afternoon enjoying a wide range of activities including; golf, ballet, parkour, cheerleading, yoga, performing arts, ballroom dancing, netball. korfball, football, cross country etc. This is to embed a love for sport and fitness. In addition we end the week with our 'acts of kindness' whereby children have nominated each other throughout the week for 'above and beyond' help and kindness. All this contributes to a calm end to the week, sound mental health and a love of learning.
At Chestnuts, we want our children to be enthusiastic, confident and fluent readers. To enable our children to have a lifelong love of reading we start the teaching of reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the Read, Write, Inc programme.
In Key Stage 1, reading consolidation will increase through the continuation of synthetic phonics and developing a love for reading. We encourage children to read a wide range of texts, and as they continue through the school into Key Stage 2, this is through planned reading sessions and opportunities to read across the curriculum and at home. We regularly have reading competitions to win Kindles!
We also have a fantastic library, designed by the children - with a treehouse! It is in our school development plan to invest heavily in new books this year.
Reading is also encouraged at break times where possible, but is always a choice during this time. We have a dedicated reading house on the playground for those who wish to read.
Throughout all year groups, a variety of reading scheme books are available for children and parents to choose and enjoy. These books are organised by colour (pink to dark red) and enable children to practise and consolidate the reading skills they have learned in class. Books are freely available from the reading corridor - just help yourself!
Once children have mastered the final reading colour level, they are able to choose free reader books from our extensive library collection.
We want you to feel comfortable supporting your children in learning maths so here are some resources you may find useful;