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

Statement of Intent

Our curriculum at Charnwood Primary Academy allows for units of study within History and Geography to be connected with many different areas of the curriculum and taught through an integrated theme. We aim to inspire our pupils whilst considering their locality enabling us to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding as a Lichfield citizen.

History

Statement of Intent

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.  Local history is used as a powerful vehicle for supporting our pupils in understanding that their locality and people just like them have a link to national and global history. Therefore, links to local history is evident within our curriculum throughout the key stages. 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. They are provided opportunities to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

The History Curriculum

Our history curriculum has been built to ensure progression through the key stages (as well as within phases during the two year cycle). Key concepts are introduced in early years and are revisted and built upon through their learning journey at Charnwood. For example, a child in Reception will be introduced to the concept of change during their All About Me study. This concept will be revisited and drawn upon during their local study on Schools in key stage 1 and later during their study of the Bronze and Iron Age in upper key stage 2. These key concepts have been woven through our history curriculum to ensure all units of study draw upon prior learning and understanding. These key concepts also enable all learners to follow the lines of enquiry set out within the enquiry based questions. Enquiry questions lead the learning in all of our units of study.

For a detailed explanation of our history curriculum please click here:

Please see the example of our curriculum map for history below. Local studies can be identified by the Charnwood logo. Key concepts are colour coded for ease of identifying links between key stages and studies. The colour coded stars show links between studies, giving some justification as to the organisation of units. (See curriculum justification document – link above.)

For the full history curriculum overview with key concepts and links follow this link

Geography

Statement of Intent

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. Although the units of study sit within a theme they always have a strong subject lead composite. The long term planning for all key stages ensure all objectives for each milestone is cross referenced to themes and year groups with the knowledge being taught having clear progression. Key concepts are highlighted and built upon throughout the key stages and links between units of study are clear.
  • Opportunities for local studies are carefully planned throughout all key stages. For example, in Early Years local studies begin with the immediate – “all about me” – their world and their families. This then branches out into their immediate community in key stage 1 in studies based around our school and castles. Links are then made to our city of Lichfield in lower key stage 1 through the Saxons study. And in upper key stage 2 the Victorian study is taught through the lens of the industrial revolution in our neighbouring city of Birmingham.
  • Composite plans written by each phase ensures that the skills are taught and developed each lesson with a clear intent with the aim of answering enquriy based questions. Skills, concepts and knoweldge are all built upon each half term and progression can be seen throughout the phases.
  • 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 Understanding the World strand drawing upon the past and present; people, culture and communities and the natural world. Enquiries are delivered through a careful mix of adult led sessions as well as planned and purposeful provision within the 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.

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