Curriculum Intent Statement
At Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy, we aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our integrated curriculum aims to deliver a twenty first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual with their own unique learning journey. Children at the North Cheam Hub view learning as having no limits and that we are continually learning. We celebrate and welcome the many differences within our school communities. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that school should be happy, investigative and an inspiring time in every child’s life where there are no limits to curiosity. From our belief we are able to ensure that our pupils have a real thirst for learning, which is nurtured and embedded by the time they leave our school at the end of Year 6. At the North Cheam Hub, we have strong relationships with our local secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition and that our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Our community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local events; support our local Elderly care homes, contribute annually to the harvest food banks and local traditions. By taking an active role within their community, it enables the children to learn new skills and show how they can make a positive difference. We also support a vast number of charities and host fundraising events, such as: Comic relief, Children in Need and World Water Day to name a few. Children leave our schools with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners. Our rich learning opportunities are shared publicly through social media to share and promote our learning journeys with our community, so that it gives an insight into the classroom.
We aim to deliver the curriculum through:
- embedding life skills through teaching units on hygiene, community, finance, citizenship, mental well being and outdoor education
- developing a sense of community and belonging. Making contributions to our community through direct interaction – including links with local organisations
- equipping children with skills for life, through practical work
- providing opportunities for children to broaden their outlook on life
- making learning more meaningful, through putting it into context
- holding a flexible timetabling approach to make space for true depth of study
- establishing cross-curricular links to foster a broader understanding
- outstanding use of ICT
- a supportive and caring ethos underpinned by our Rights Respecting Schools charters
- embedding MFL through providing contexts for learning
- curriculum activities that are both local and global
- developing a growth mindset so children to reach their potential
At the North Cheam Hub we have designed a curriculum and used Cornerstones, Curriculum Maestro as our online curriculum platform to do so. Curriculum Maestro is an essential tool for developing an outstanding primary curriculum. Cornerstones follows a design process, which defines our aims and sets out larger concepts, to articulate our pedagogical approach and wider co-curricular offerings. We plan and ensure a clear and secure curriculum and progression. Our curriculum is rich, sequenced subject learning across year groups and supports teachers’ subject knowledge with quality resources. Subject leaders are equipped to manage school projects to deliver our bespoke curriculum and effectively align and assess the North Cheam Hub curriculum. Curriculum Maestro creates live reports enabling year leaders and subject leaders to see the impact of our curriculum at a pupil, subject and whole school level in real time.
Our inclusive curriculum equips all children with the skills and personal qualities necessary to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. As our curriculum is very practical, and has clear entry and exit points; this serves us well, as it engages all ability levels and can be accessed by children at different stages of English language acquisition. Our exit points provide opportunities for our local community with the learning that takes place at our school. Our learning involves many visits, and opportunities to learn in different environments. At every opportunity, we look to make our children’s learning experiences as authentic as possible. Where visits are not possible, the LEO Digital Strategy equips us with the technology to ensure these rich opportunities can still take place. An example of this is both schools have a classroom set of Virtual reality headsets. This brings each topic to life and makes learning as relevant and as real as possible; we also use video conferencing to link up with speakers and audiences from around the UK and the wider world.
We are passionate about providing our pupils with experiences in and out of school to engage and enhance their curriculum and schooling experience. These range from visits to: Residential locations (High Ashurst, Kingswood and Isle of Wight), local theatres, museums, sporting arenas, religious buildings including Wimbledon Synagogue, Morden Mosque, a Buddhist Temple and several local churches, Houses of Parliament, visits from our Local MP, book festival visits, authors and poets, visits from religious experts, our local vicar and many more. We also shape our curriculum by planning for themed topic days, where the children and staff relish dressing up in themed costumes. The children also explore and celebrate a key religious festival every half term in our celebration days. These are chosen to reflect the children’s beliefs and the children enjoy being experts in their own celebrations. Every area of our curriculum is valued and championed by passionate subject leaders.
As a result, our children:
- are immersed in a rich inclusive environment
- develop a sense of belonging to, and play an active role in their community
- develop financial responsibility
- understand how to look after themselves, and their needs
- broaden their outlook on life
- become independent lifelong learners
- have deep regard and sound values for themselves and each other
When planning our curriculum, we had to recognise the very diverse social and economic backgrounds of our families. Within PSHE and citizenship, account is taken of the socio-economics of the area and we recognise that the children need both a sense of valuing themselves and developing aspirations for their future and for their community. We have our annual Careers Aspiration week, with support from our families and Primary Futures Career volunteers. These volunteers provide our pupils with a breadth of experience, careers pathways and valuable ideas for their future. We are passionate that all our children realise that they can achieve anything, ‘Nothing is impossible: the word itself says ‘I’m possible’. This quote, along with many other Growth Mindset quotes, can be found along our corridors and in our classrooms. Both schools aim to foster an awareness of the crucial nature finance plays in everyday life. Our ambition is to create a culture where our children can understand and respect the value of money whilst making sensible financial choices. As part of our curriculum offer, we will bring our finance lessons to life within many subject areas by linking financial learning to real life contexts, adapting teaching to the ever-changing financial climate the children grow up in. Learning will be delivered in line with our commitment to the LEO Pupil Outcomes by developing children’s financial literacy skills, enabling them to become leaders and life-long learners. Furthermore, we want to equip children with the awareness that having and spending money is not the root of all happiness. We want to prepare our children for a brighter financial future with an informed mind-set towards finance, leading to fulfilled, happy and purposeful lives.
As Rights Respecting Schools, our curriculum design, assemblies and embedded high expectations, ensure children have an awareness and a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities and are rewarded and recognised for demonstrating these values in our weekly Celebration Assembly. In addition, we also plan opportunities for the children to know about keeping safe, linked to the KCSiE document. We have many PSHE and Online Safety lessons throughout the year for every year group. Key Stage 2 also has an age-appropriate annual visit from the Education and Safeguarding and Well-Being Lead from Cognus. We also plan for and promote British values, (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs). We have voting systems for the children to be elected to take on class and school roles and we have a Pupil Voice committee, who are invaluable in the shape, design and improvements of our curriculum. We employ specialist teachers for music lessons, whole class instrumental tuition in cello and violin for Year 4 pupils and individual brass lessons.
We ensure our Curriculum’s are also personalised to our own school by looking at our own school community and the needs of the children and we put in place lessons, school events, trips and visitors accordingly.
Further information about the National Curriculum can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
To compliment our Curriculum Road Maps, we also have Subject Snapshots for each area of the curriculum; these can be found via the links below:
Battle of the Books
Another activity we run to enrich our curriculum is a reading incentive called ‘Battle of the Books’. Children from Reception to Year 6 enter the Battle of the Books. In Early Years and Key Stage One children have a list of 30 books to read in Spring Term and Summer Term. In Key Stage Two children have a list of 50 books to read throughout the year. The battle is to see who can be the first to read all of the books. The first person in each year group to read all of the books wins a prize.
These books are to be read alongside our usual school reading book. Some of the books are found in school and others you borrow from local libraries or from each other. Children collect stamps on their Battle of the Books bookmarks each time they finish a book.
There are no time limits, the children read as many as they want and take as long as they want. Good luck to all children who take part in the battle this year!
LEO Virtual Library
Visit the LEO Academy Trust Virtual Library and enjoy reading or listening to a story from the selection of Children’s books. There’s something for everyone from Nursery through to Year 6.
English Teaching Overview
How we teach reading, writing, spelling and handwriting in Key Stage 2. Click on the link below for detailed information. There is also a link to view our Early Years Phonics workshop. The levelled reading scheme closely matches the phonics taught in school. We plan from a number of different reading schemes including:-
- Big Cat Phonics
- Read, Write Inc
- Comics for Phonics
Click below for information on the grammar terms we use in class:
Maths Teaching Overview
At Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy we teach maths through the ‘Maths No Problem! – Singapore Maths’ teaching approach. This develops children’s mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning. Children learn to think mathematically and link concepts providing explanations and reasons for their answers. Maths No Problem! teaches learners mental strategies to solve problems through the use of manipulatives (equipment) to aid learning and develop mathematical understanding at a greater depth through regular problem solving challenges in each lesson.
All lessons follow the five part lesson structure. On each table, there is a box which contains manipulatives. Children are encouraged to make their own choices from the box and teachers encourage children to make the most efficient choice, without explicitly telling them. Each child has their own ‘Workbook’ (2 per year group) and a Maths Journal. In the Maths Journal, children record their findings from the ‘In Focus’ task; write about methods; complete ‘Challenge’ tasks; evaluate and reflect on lessons; complete the ‘Guided Practice’ (when needed) and demonstrate their understanding at the start of a chapter/lesson.
For more information please visit the Maths No Problem website.
The 144 Club
Click on the link below to find out more about this very special club.
Supporting your child at home:
- Look for numbers everywhere – on signs, number plates, front doors
- Play games which include counting or number recognition e.g. snakes and ladders, snap, ludo
- Practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10
- Looking at the time – concentrating on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to
- Letting your child handle money and work out how much things cost, how much change is needed, different ways of making the same amount e.g. 10p = 1x10p, 2x5ps, 5x2ps, 10x1ps
- Talk about different measurements and quantities e.g. amount of milk in milk bottle, drink in a carton or can, weight of pasta in a bag
- Get children involved in cooking and weighing out different ingredients e.g. flour or water
- Practise times tables (remember little and often)
Please see this website for some useful Maths videos from Maths No Problem!
Some useful Maths websites
Every child has a Doodle Maths account. The expectation is that all children will complete their Daily Activities. They can do this by logging into their account and completing the tasks that have been set automatically by the computer. Once they have completed these tasks, they can then go onto other areas of the website like Doodle Tables, English and Spelling.
Further information about the National Curriculum can be found here: