Curriculum

  • Introduction

    The aim of our curriculum is to encourage the development of our children intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and morally and to provide them with the basic skills they will need for life and work.

    The curriculum to which every child is entitled is laid down by Government statute in the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum. This provides a framework of development for every child as he/she moves through each phase of school education.

    The curriculum for the Reception Year is planned on the basis of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014), with seven areas of learning and development shaping the curriculum – communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.

    The school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned teacher and child initiated activities. Letters and Sounds is used to support progression in the teaching and learning of phonics.

    Teaching and Learning takes place inside and outside the classroom, and as well as access to the wider school grounds, the reception classes have their own dedicated outdoor learning area. The emphasis in the reception year is on practical activities and learning through play, enabling the children to develop the skills, concepts and attitudes that underpin future learning. Parents are encouraged to play an active part in their child’s learning and share in their learning journey.

    The curriculum builds on the work the children have been doing in their pre-school groups and nurseries and leads onto their study of the National Curriculum, which they begin in Year One.

    The National Curriculum includes Religious Education, three core subjects – English, Maths and Science – and six foundation subjects – Art, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, and Information and Communication Technology. At Cheddar First School we also include Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, which we believe is a vital part of a child’s education. Children in Years 3 and 4 also have the opportunity to learn French.

    Across the school we work towards an integrated curriculum that encompasses all areas of learning through a topic based approach. Topics are planned in termly or half-termly units to ensure that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum. Although links are made across subject areas, whenever appropriate some subjects are taught separately (for example PE) and time is allocated for the teaching and development of basic skills in English and Maths.

    Partnerships with other local schools and community groups enrich the curriculum and enable pupils to embark on joint curriculum activities such as sports festivals, community events and enrichment workshops and clubs for pupils with a particular talent or interest.

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Tue 18

Year 1-4 Christmas Play – Evening Performance

18th December @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 19

Year 1-4 Christmas Play – Afternoon Performance

19th December @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri 21

Christmas Party!

21st December @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 22

Christmas Holidays

22nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Tue 25

Bank Holiday

25th December