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Learning at Chatsworth

Our staff value the different ways in which pupils learn and plan lessons to account for these differences; this includes the use of PSHE days, such as Rainbow Day and our ‘Great to be me’ project. Teachers make cross-curricular links where possible within their lesson plans, so that pupils can draw upon knowledge from different subjects and understand how each topic plays a part in their everyday life.  Teachers use different learning resources to teach core content, e.g. educational videos, guest speakers and Computing lessons. In using different techniques, pupils are kept engaged with learning and we are able to accommodate pupils who learn differently to their peers.  At Chatsworth, we carry out small group teaching sessions for pupils who require additional support alongside regular interventions to ensure that no child is left behind.  Our skilled facilitators breakdown the content of the lesson in a more digestible way for pupils. This ensures that any questions that pupils may have get answered in a way they understand.

Extra- Curricular Activities

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all our children have a breadth of learning experiences and subject content taught to them over their time at school.  We provide a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils to enhance their learning experience and enable them develop new skills. A range of activities are on offer, from after-school clubs, run both internally by our teachers and external providers, educational trips and visits, which link to the children’s learning as well as theme days and experiences.  From Nursery children attend Forest School weekly where they are able to explore the great outdoors with targeted learning outcomes.  Through trips and experiences we aim to expose children to a range of places and cultures to broaden their understanding of the diverse world in which we live.  All of these experiences are designed to enhance pupils’ learning, form personal connections between pupils and their peers and teach skills essential for life after school.

As both a school and an academy, we are passionate in our drive to ensuring that children are exposed to a range of opportunities and experiences in their time in school. The Pioneer Pupil Passport allows us to map key cultural, sporting, and skill based experiences through the children’s infant school time.

Personal Development

Our curriculum has been designed to be accessible for all learners– by doing this, pupils' benefit in the following ways:

  • Learning how to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Understanding that failure is part of the road to success.
  • Being rewarded for academic successes.
  • Being supported with their next stages in education or training and feeling prepared for life after school.
  • Becoming responsible individuals who contribute to community living and the environment.
  • Achieving to the best of their ability.
  • Acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience. 
  • Becoming critical thinkers.
  • Finding a sense of belonging to the school and its community.
  • Learning how to cooperate with their peers and respect one another inside and outside the classroom

Chatsworth Infant School is proud to serve our community – we are proud to be part of the community and recognise our responsibility to ensure that our pupils leave our school with the skills, confidence and empathy to be successful in life; ready to make great contributions to the communities they will be part of in the future.

International Primary Curriculum

We are Historians

We will inspire pupils to develop wonderment and curiosity about past eras and events throughout Bexley, the United Kingdom and of the wider world. By using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) themes we will build memorable experiences that enhance learning and understanding.

We are Geographers

We will inspire a curiosity of their local area, the United Kingdom and the World and those within it through the National Curriculum and the IPC.  We will create learning opportunities that enhance understanding and build lifelong memories of the world around them.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the world today.  It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness.  The IPC is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1,500 schools in 85 countries around the world.

The IPC has been developed to provide support to teachers so that four main aims can be achieved.  They are:

  • To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understandings they need to become aware of the world around them
  • To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives
  • To help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality
  • To do each of these in ways which take into account up-to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners

Everything is based on clearly-defined learning goals or standards which lay out the subject, personal and international knowledge, skills and understandings children need at different stages of their primary or elementary school life.

Units of work provide practical activities which teachers can use in the classroom plus a wealth of other supportive information.  Each unit is structured to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating as possible.  Each Unit of Work begins with an Entry Point.  This is designed to set the scene for the children and grab their interest.  Each Unit of Work ends with an Exit Point which ties up the work they have done and includes an element of ‘action’.  This action is very important and aims to provide a sense of participation and empowerment.

We believe that learning is the most important event in any school and we want children to enjoy the learning that takes place through the IPC. 

For more information on the International Primary Curriculum, please go to https://fieldworkeducation.com/


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