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Curriculum Overview

The school follows a broad an balanced curriculum, developing the potential of each child. The curriculum is delivered through a mixture of cross-curriculuar and subject teaching. Lessons are taught using a combination of whole class teaching, group work and individual work.

Curriculum Intent


Science is taught both as a subject and through cross-curricular topics. Children are taught to carry out experiments and investigations, to make observations and records their findings in the way best suited to their ability and level of understanding. They are encouraged, whenever possible, to work co-operatively and thereby to share problems, pool ideas and discuss interpretations. A great emphasis is put on scientific language and investigative work.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future.  As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes our children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Our PSHE lessons incorporate the following core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (see document below for more information).

From September 2020 it will be mandatory for all schools to deliver RSE (relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education). At Chater Junior all parents are informed and given the opportunity to preview resources used by the teachers when teaching about relationships.

As part of our ongoing focus on emotional wellbeing, please see the leaflet below which provides information about the NHS five ways to wellbeing and how to support your child.

Religious Education

We are required by law to teach Religious Education. The school follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus. The syllabus is approved by all the main religous groups. The document is available for parents to read.
We are concerned with looking at the major world religions and the impact they have on peoples’ lives and with developing sympathy and understanding of differing viewpoints.

Physical Education

PE is an important part of the school curriculum and children are expected to have their PE kits at school every day. Most children enjoy the wide variety of activities offered; this includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor and adventurous activities, athletics and games. Full use is made of our hall, playground and all-weather pitch.
Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Watford Central leisure , a short walk from our school.

Other National Curriculum Subjects

The school also teaches Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and French. These are taught through a combination of topic and subject teaching.