Teachers plan carefully to ensure that our children experience a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our teaching staff design lessons with clear objectives, high expectations of pupil involvement and engagement and encourage all children to actively participate.
Teachers question, model and explain with a clear focus on learning in all conversations. Regular opportunities for children to talk, both individually and in groups, gives our young people responsibility for their own learning and work.
Staff encourage and praise at every opportunity to engage and motivate pupils.
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
This is for our Reception children (aged 4-5) and is organized into seven areas of learning.
There are three prime areas:
- personal, social and emotional development
- communication and language
- physical development
And four specific areas:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
All seven areas of learning are important and inter-connected.
KEY STAGE 1 & 2
The National Curriculum for children from Year 1 -6 (aged 5-11) onwards comprises of a core of English, Maths, Science, ICT (Information Communication Technology) and RE (Religious Education), along with Foundation subjects of Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education).
The use of topics (e.g. China, Ancient Greece, Vikings) makes for interesting links between curriculum areas. The extensive use of ICT throughout the school in all areas of the curriculum generates great confidence for pupils to apply their skills and solve problems in different contexts.
Wherever possible we enrich the curriculum with visits out of school, special events in school time (recent events have included a ‘Greek Day’, Tudor workshop) and theatrical and musical presentations, visitors to school and other first-hand experiences.
Towards the end of their time at Charlton all pupils have the chance to attend a residential week, this year it will be in Shropshire, which is greatly enjoyed.
Religious Education (RE) is taught in all classes throughout the school and we follow the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. Our first aim in teaching RE is to develop knowledge and understanding of and respect for different faiths and to help children develop their own beliefs. However, our teaching recognises the central part that Christianity plays in our lives. Our second aim is related to a child’s personal development and the appreciation and sharing of values.
Although parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons we have an inclusive policy at Charlton, which aims for all children to learn about different religions. We therefore encourage all parents to support this. Please see the Headteacher if you wish to discuss this further.
Assemblies are an important part of the school day. They are used to help achieve the aims of our RE policy and to promote the general values-based ethos of the school.
We have three whole-school assemblies every week; one is a ‘sharing assembly’ where each class takes a turn to share their current learning with the rest of the school, one is Headteacher or Deputy led and one is an ‘achievement assembly’ where we celebrate pupils’ academic and personal achievements. Other assemblies are class-based or delivered to separate Key Stages. Singing, music, stories and reflection play an important part in our school assemblies.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from acts of collective worship but we hope they will see these as an important part of school life.
SEX & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
The school sees its role as being complementary to and supportive of the role of parents in helping their children to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up, and in preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities they will face.
At the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 they are introduced to the simple life cycles of plants and animals, including human beings. They have opportunities to think about birth, growth and nurturing in a caring and calm context with their own teacher. This lays the foundations for more specific learning in the coming years.
At Key Stage 2 the issues are addressed within the PSHCE curriculum. Children learn about life cycles in more detail and focus upon their own personal, physical and emotional development. This again takes place within the security of the classroom and with the child’s own teacher.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education but please talk to the Head of School in the first instance.