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Foundation
Subjects


Art

Statement of Intent

Within the art curriculum at Charnwood the children will have access to a range of skills and knowledge. Our children will be engaged, inspired and challenged within art lessons, learning new knowledge and skills to explore and create our own pieces of artwork. Children will explore different artworks from different times within history and use these as inspiration. They will experience using different media and learning new skills and building upon skills such as sketching/drawing, collage, painting, sculpting, pastels and other craft and design techniques. Learners will build on these skills as they progress through their school years. The children will also become evaluators as they learn to reflect on their own and other’s artwork and use artistic terminology to analyse, improve and refine ideas. Children at Charnwood will also explore famous artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of different art forms.

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Computing

Statement of Intent

Computers are now part of everyday life. Here at Charnwood we want our children to gain the skills and knowledge required for them to participate effectively in the digital world. Technology is essential to our lives, both at home and at work. Our aim is for our children to be able to play an active role in the development of future technology. Primary Computing is about becoming a creator of software, not just a user.

Computing is a practical and empowering subject. It allows children to invent, design, create and experiment with real-world systems and software. It combines creativity, curiosity and commitment to generate enthusiasm and excitement. Children are able to journey from the initial “unplugged” planning and design stage, right through to those ‘It works!’ moments. Through problem solving and critical thinking, our Computing curriculum creates resilient and reflective learners. 

A key part of the Computing curriculum is Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship. By developing their Digital Literacy skills, we are enabling children to make informed and critical decisions about the material they see online. Children will learn about how sites may use personal data, advertising and search engines to manipulate content in ways that we might not expect.

Design and Technology

Statement of Intent

Within the design and technology curriculum at Charnwood, learners will use creativity and imagination to design and make different products. Throughout their time at Charnwood they will acquire a broad range of knowledge but also use the other areas of the curriculum to help them. The children are taught how to take safe risks, become resourceful, be innovative, be enterprising and capable when designing and constructing products. Evaluation is a key process when designing which will enable children to critique past and present design and technology. The children will also build their knowledge and skills to design and make prototypes and products for varied reasons. They will then test these products and learn how to improve these. It is important for children to explore design and technology within different environment, for example, both inside and outside the classroom. Learners will build upon their communication skills and learn how to present their ideas through a range of methods as well as using research. Within the making stage of their lessons, children will use a range of tools and equipment and will be able to select correctly from a range of tools.  Children will build structures and learn how to strengthen and make these more stable. They will be able to use mechanisms and understand electrical systems within the products they create. Through cooking lessons, the children will use their knowledge of nutrition and a healthy diet to prepare dishes and also to learn how to cook ingredients.

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Humanities

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Statement of Intent

Our curriculum at Charnwood Primary Academy allows for History and Geography to be connected with many different areas of the curriculum and taught through an integrated theme. It allows for learning to be more natural, child initiated and less fragmented.

This thematic approach to the teaching of humanities enables teachers to ignite learning with exciting launch days or dazzling discoveries. We aim to inspire our pupils whilst considering their locality enabling us to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding as a Lichfield citizen.

History

Our History curriculum aims to ensure that all children have an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes. Children are given the opportunity to investigate and interpret the past, to build an overview of world history, to understand chronology and to communicate historically. They are encouraged to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. They are provided opportunities to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

Geography

Through our Geography curriculum we aim to develop both skills and knowledge whilst igniting a passion for and commitment to the subject, with a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and people who live there.  The curriculum encourages children to investigate places and patterns whilst equipping them with the knowledge to be able to communicate geographically. Children will gain an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary. Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork allows children to apply geographical skills and techniques within their own locality.

Implementation

  • The humanities curriculum is implemented through a thematic approach with coverage of the national curriculum ensured through long-term planning. The long term planning for all key stages ensures all objectives for each milestone is cross referenced to themes and year groups with the knowledge being taught having clear progression.
  • Composite plans written by each phase ensures that the skills are taught and developed each lesson with a clear intent linked to a theme. Consequently, skills are built upon each half term and progression can be seen throughout the phases.
  • In Key Stage 1 and 2 humanities is taught for one hour each week. Geography and History are taught alternative half terms and are selected to best fit with each year group’s theme. All objectives are cross referenced to compliment themes and assessments completed at the end of each half term.
  • In Early Years humanities is taught through “The World” and "People and Communities" strands. It is delivered through adult led sessions as well as planned into continuous provision where children take independence in their learning and development of humanities completing and recording challenges.
  • Teachers encourage children to have a lively, enquiring and imaginative mind with the use of the Blooms Taxonomy Superheroes. The Bloom’s Superheroes were implemented to deepen questioning and to also provide opportunities for all learner’s to express their understanding.
  • Cultural Capital is considered through the implementation of the humanities curriculum. Opportunities are planned for within the curriculum to ensure that all children have the potential to achieve with careful data analysis to ensure barriers to learner are lifted.

Music

Statement of Intent

Within the music curriculum at Charnwood the children will gain and develop a love of music, self confidence and creativity and become musicians, composers and be able to use musical language correctly. Children will listen to and review different music styles and also have a go at composing their own music. Throughout their school years, the children will listen to, review, compose and perform music of different genres and styles throughout different times in history, exploring famous musicians and composers. The progression of their music skills enables children to improve their accuracy, expression and control of tuned and un-tuned instruments. The children will use their voices to sing different songs and also to create their own music. Children experience learning the recorder, clarinet and the ukulele over their time at Charnwood and learn from a specialised music teacher. They are given the chance to continue learning these and other instruments through extra tuition. Throughout music lessons the children learn how to read music notes and also improve their aural memory. Children also use percussion instruments and their bodies to make music. The children will be able to use musical language and understand musical vocabulary and how this relates to different genres of music.