Chester Park Federation Curriculum Statement
The Chester Park curriculum is based on an annual cycle divided into six themed topics. Our learning and teaching adopts a multidisciplinary approach; pupils are challenged to draw on practical skills, evidence of previous learning, academic learning, communication and leadership throughout their curriculum activities.
This topic-based approach is effective in engaging pupils, staff and parents/carers through a range of creative, and meaningful, opportunities that link across subject areas. The creative elements of the curriculum are important for all of our pupils. The children have regular opportunities to engage in the wider arts curriculum.
At Chester Park, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our curriculum. We strive to provide our pupils with a balanced, creative and highly engaging portfolio of learning opportunities that incorporate not only the National Curriculum, but celebrate the ideas and experiences of every learner in our school. At its core, the Chester Park curriculum aims to promote positive attitudes to learning. By equipping our pupils with positive learning experiences from a young age, we aim to create a lifelong positive association with learning and developing new skills.
One of the key principals of our curriculum is developing resilience. The curriculum provides a raft of ‘safe’ contexts for pupils to practice, extend and develop new skills. Through trialling success in an engaging activity, our pupils have successful reference points to draw upon when faced with more challenging contexts during their core subject learning time.
Reading is central to the Chester Park curriculum; high quality texts are used across the school to support learning. Where possible, we use links through these books to create a gateway to the wider curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on the incorporation of English and Mathematics to enable our pupils to rehearse and transfer skills across multiple contexts; equipping them for adulthood and creating an understanding of their own individual abilities.
We encourage our pupils to have high expectations of themselves and proactively challenge their own learning opportunities. In answer to this, Chester Park teaching practitioners continuously explore vehicles for purposeful learning. Our pupils expect to work towards an outcome that is frequently shared with their parents and carers. At Chester Park, we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, through designated learning zones, cultural school visits, expert speakers, large scale performances to the public and community activities, our curriculum therefore extends far beyond the classroom. Central to our values is the emphasis on team work and community. We create whole-school themed weeks over the course of the year including; Science Week, Community Week and an annual Comic Con to facilitate all age groups coming together, sharing skills, knowledge and life experiences.
The school vision; Positive Resilient Meaningful drives the curriculum and helps prepare the children for the next stage of their lives and beyond.