Curriculum

Curriculum Strategy

Our curriculum at Chellaston Fields Spencer Academy is based on developing growth mindsets and building on knowledge, so is named the GROW curriculum. It will challenge and stimulate our children into asking searching questions, shape their learning and enable them to develop into independent critical thinkers and learners. The curriculum is based around a new text every half term which the children will receive. This allows for vocabulary to be developed and a love of books and literature to be developed at an early age. The delivery of the curriculum will have a strong emphasis on talk, active learning and project based.

Building resilience is crucial in ensuring that our children are lifelong learners and have a positive mental health and well-being. Children will be helped to develop their growth-mindset through reflection time, believing that with hard work and determination, anything can be achieved.

Varied enrichment opportunities will be provided to all children to consistently enhance their learning experiences and at least one visit or visitor will be used to bring learning to life each half term. Our curriculum offers opportunities to inspire creativity, curiosity and build aspirations. It is extremely important to us that the curriculum unlocks potential in all of children and allows them to flourish.

Developing the holistic child is of upmost importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses academic subjects, sport, music and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.

Children will learn a modern foreign language and this will be enhanced through the study of at least one book per year written in a different country.  This may be an African folktale, a Japanese picture book or a Chinese traditional story.

Through our links with Universities we will look at opportunities to invite students from different cultures to spend a week in a classroom so that children can learn first-hand about different places and ways of living.

In Reception, children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a focus on learning through purposeful play, phonics, books and literacy. Extensive use will be made of outdoor learning with opportunities to develop reading, writing and numeracy skills woven through all activities.

The curriculum will be full of ‘WOW’ moments so that learning is real, exciting, fun and challenging. We will use Class Dojo to make meaningful communications home and to share personal achievements.

We aim to put community at the heart of our school and of our teaching and learning by encouraging involvement with the locality to add an extra dimension to our children’s learning.