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Curriculum Overview

At Chater Junior School we value every subject in our rich curriculum and celebrate our children’s work through Sharing Assemblies each term.  We aim to help children not only acquire knowledge but also develop transferable skills.  We want learning to be fun and to stick in our pupils’ long term memories and a wide variety of learning opportunities help make this happen.

To find out More about our curriculum

The National Curriculum which sets out what schools must teach can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

We invite all parents to ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions at the start of the academic year where you can find out what is taught in that year group.  In addition, we will notify you by newsletter of any forthcoming events where you can find out more about what we teach at school and how you can support your child at home.  In the past these events have covered Reading, Maths, E-Safety, Mental Health and Puberty and Relationships Education.  We want to work in partnership with you to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child and to help them on their learning journey.  Please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher if you have any other questions about the curriculum and they will be happy to help.

Curriculum Intent

Science

In Science children are taught to carry out investigations, to make observations and draw conclusions in a way best suited to their ability and level of understanding. They are encouraged to work co-operatively and curiously with a  great emphasis on developing scientific language through investigative work.  We use the school grounds in our lessons and also work with the Education Team at Cassiobury Park.

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 RSHE (relationships, sex and health education). At Chater Junior all parents are informed and given the opportunity to preview resources used by the teachers when teaching this area of the curriculum.

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 religious groups. The document is available for parents to read upon request.  Throughout their time at the school we teach the children about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism as well as humanism.  This is done via class teaching as well as assembly visitors and trips to places of worship. We are concerned with looking at the major world religions and the impact they have on peoples’ lives and with developing empathy 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.

At our school we value all the subjects and work carefully to ensure children develop knowledge and skills as they progress through Years 3 to 6.  Please see the Foundation/Topics section for more information on what we teach in all curriculum areas throughout the school year.