Cippenham School Curriculum
When designing our curriculum we looked at our local context and the needs of our pupils.
- The area is well connected, ethically and religiously diverse and one of the least deprived wards in Slough (around 15% of children are at risk of living in poverty compared to 19% across Slough).
- Cippenham is an urban area to the west of Slough, close to the border of Buckinghamshire and open countryside.
- Cippenham is well connected, J7 of the M4 is close by and Burnham train station will soon be linked to Crossrail with trains to London Paddington in 30 minutes.
- Slough Trading Estate, Heathrow Airport and Slough town itself are big employers in the region.
- Most children at Cippenham School go to non-selective secondary schools; around 20% go to grammar schools in both Berkshire and Slough.
- Attainment at Cippenham School is broadly average and although progress remains lower than average; it has been rising for the past three years.
At Cippenham School, inspiration therefore is key to our curriculum:
- Our choice of texts, our thematic titles, our approach to assessment and our hands on approach to maths reflect the aim of giving children plenty of opportunities to make connections, truly understand concepts and return to previous learning to embed skills, knowledge and concepts into long term memory.
- Retention of learning is enabled by offering the chance to make connections and create filing cabinets in the brain from which to access future learning we need.
- Our structured ambitious curriculum, demonstrates year on year progression, supporting all children, including those with SEND, in the development of their skills of enquiry and experimentation.
- Breadth and depth are secured through carefully planned objectives, and concepts are revisited to ensure commitment to long-term memory. The knowledge acquired underpins and enables the application of these skills inspiring children to nurture a passion for life-long learning.
- The curriculum provides the opportunities needed for each child to become a proficient enquirer, creator, performer, reader, author and mathematician by the end of KS2.
- Thoughtful planning enables our learners to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding, together with essential attributes, to take part positively and actively in society as healthy citizens and to live happy, fulfilled and meaningful lives.
- Opportunities help our children to develop their social skills and their own unique personalities through participation, co-operation, developing their communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills, therefore building trust and showing respect in all they do.
Visit out year group pages to view our unit plans.
Click on a coloured rose below to discover the exciting ways we implement our curriculum intent.
Our curriculum is designed to provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences that enable children to make excellent progress and aim high. We aim to give children a knowledge-rich and broad primary school education which enables them to explore all their talents: academically, athletically and artistically.
Maths and English are taught in discrete units and are designed to teach the knowledge and skills that lead to strong conceptual understanding. Maths is taught using the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach, where children are introduced to mathematical concepts through manipulatives, which lead on to structured visual diagrams and eventually leading to generalised mathematical principles in the abstract phase. At each stage children are expected to reason about patterns and regularities they find. Please see below our calculation policy.
English is taught using the Talk4Writing approach which is widely used in primary schools. It begins with children reading high quality texts and learning the features of those texts. Children then develop their own writing by using the genre features and grammatical structures they learned from the text. This leads to children independently writing well-structured and exciting literature. For more on the Talk4Writing approach please visit their website: http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/.
The Humanities and Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) are taught through an integrated thematic approach. Units are planned around a central subject and other subjects are linked in to develop a wider knowledge base of that topic. In thematic units, children are encouraged to read widely to acquire new knowledge, enhance their writing skills to communicate their understanding and apply mathematical skills to explore the world in a different way. The thematic units also feature a variety of visits and visitors so children can take their learning beyond the classroom.
Please see relevant tabs to view curriculum information for each year group.
For more information on any aspect of our curriculum please feel free to speak to a class teacher or contact our office.
Please click here to see the RHE policy for the Cippenham School as well as the Changing Me example unit plans and other useful related documentation. We welcome parents feedback by email to email@example.com