We value the importance of every subject individually, as well as the part they play in the development of understanding of some of our class topics and themes. Each year group page details the content of the subject coverage for the year, through the Long Term Plans and Medium Term Plans, as well as the Parent Links documents, however at the bottom of the page is a summary of the school's approach to each of the areas of the 'foundation' curriculum, as well as an overview of the subject across all of the school.
Additionally, there is also document which outlines how the national Curriculum is covered across our topic based curriculum.
At Belmont Cheveley Park Primary we view History as a great deal more than learning facts. We see it as an opportunity to develop skills of enquiry and questioning; to become open minded "historical detectives" and explore the past in an exciting way. We aim to provide first hand experiences with role play, class visits, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in all our topics.
History is taught through our cross curricular topics. The past comes to life when children use a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and take part in discussions with their peers. Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed. They learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today. Children are taught how to investigate and record their findings in interesting and creative ways including writing, art, drama and ICT.
Geography develops children’s knowledge and understanding of people and places. At Belmont Cheveley Park, we learn about the wider world as well as local areas, looking at the physical, social and economic issues surrounding each case study. Use of maps, atlases, photos and the internet ensures a well-balanced and interactive method of learning for all pupils. There are many cross-curricular links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.
In the Foundation Stage, children learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects and materials. They are able to discuss their own immediate environment and understand how environments may vary from one to another.
During Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils explore physical and human differences in the world around them. Children learn about the skills needed to ask geographical questions about a locality in the UK compared to a locality in a less economically developed country. Children are taught how settlements differ and change and they understand environmental issues linked to these. Children also learn about water and its effect on landscapes such as rivers and coasts. They are taught differences in weather and the effect of climate change.
Art and Design
Art and Design contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, physically, socially and cognitively. It provides all children with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively, creatively and develop their understanding of, and respond to the world around them. Pupils are exposed to many visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School enables pupils to become involved in, enjoy and appreciate the visual arts and how it can enrich their personal lives. They learn the part that art and design plays in their own and others’ lives, in contemporary life and in different times and cultures. During Key Stage 2 children are developing their own project sketch books, during which their art work takes a deeper and more holistic approach - including research, sketching, developing and appreciating artwork.
Music is taught throughout the school by a subject specialist as a class subject and in cross-curricular way where possible. The aim is to develop each child's musical potential giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity. Instrumental tuition is available to those children in Key Stage 2 who wish to take advantage of it, including keyboard, guitar, ukulele, brass and stringed instruments. . The children are taught individually or in small groups and parents are required to meet the cost, however the school will fund the cost of this tuition for children entitled to Pupil Premium to ensure equality of opportunity for all. Children who play instruments are encouraged to utilise their skill in school by playing for assemblies. We have a well-established choir who take part in concerts throughout the year.
Design and Technology provides our children with an opportunity to tackle problems of a practical nature. The cross curricular nature of Design and Technology offers a setting for the children to apply knowledge and skills from a number of other subjects including art, language, maths and science. Skills are developed using tools and machines in designing and making artefacts and food products with an emphasis on healthy living. Indeed, in 2014 we developed our own teaching kitchen to develop this important aspect of the DT curriculum - and the life skills which cookery can develop. Working with a variety of materials aims to help children learn important life skills. Children learn independently and in groups, learning to co-operate, plan, design and make and evaluate their work. They learn to make their own decisions with help and encouragement.
Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School believes that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English. Learning another language raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. Children across Key Stage 2 learn French in a dedicated French lesson each week. Children in our infant department develop basic French skills through the singing of French songs, learning basic phrases and learning from an early outset that French is fun!
At Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School, children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in RE and to participate in critical thinking. We aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages.
In the Foundation Stage, RE is taught through topics based upon children’s own lives and their own experiences. During Key Stage 1, the study of Christianity is introduced and aspects of Buddhism and Islam are taught. There is also consideration for non-religious beliefs.
In Key Stage 2, the study of Christianity is developed and religious beliefs within Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Islam are explored. We see Religious Education as a key part in our role of ensuring our children are able to function well within a modern, multicultural and democratic Britain.
Physical Education develops children’s physical skills, confidence, capabilities and potential. It gives opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
At Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups, helping them to develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. We promote a positive attitude towards active lifestyles and aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity.
Children in all year groups will be working with specific sports coaches as well as their class teachers to enhance their skills further. All children also have access to sporting extra curricular clubs throughout the year and are encouraged to develop their sports skills by attending these. Our school has excellent sporting facilities to enhance our PE curriculum, including a large school field and all-weather Multi Use Games Area, which was new for 2013 and strong links with the local secondary school and School Sports Partnership for Durham.
Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE) is a carefully planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that enable children to grow and develop as individuals and as valuable members of the community. This directly impacts upon the SMSC development of our children.
PSHCE at Belmont Cheveley Park Primary provides our children with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, capable and responsible lives in Modern Britain. It also gives our children the skills to reflect on and analyse their own values and equips them to face difficult and sometimes conflicting attitudes they may face in the future.
Each half term, each class has an additional equality and diversity focus, which is explored through meaningful links within their topic, For example the topics of immigration, discrimination and prejudice are all areas investigated during certain class topics.
“The objective of sex and relationship education is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in PSCHE, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.” (DfEE SRE Guidance 2014)
Through a carefully organised programme of study, Belmont Cheveley Park Primary will encourage development in the three main elements of SRE education:
The School develops children's understanding of drugs and their impact through carefully planned opportunities linked to science topics, class topics and as the need arises, e.g. press stories, community issues.