Educating for Life in all its Fullness. John 10:10
At Chiddingstone Church of England School, we are extremely proud of our creative and vibrant curriculum which puts children at its heart and fosters a love of learning and support for each other, underpinned by our Church School vision.
We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in a child's life and our curriculum is designed to promote curiosity, exploration and collaboration, to excite and sustain children's interest and encourage a thirst for knowledge.
It is a highly inclusive curriculumDiversity and difference is celebrated, every child is valued and makes an important contribution to our unique school. Members of staff respond sensitively, support the needs of every child, and work tirelessly to break down barriers to learning, providing an accessible curriculum but one where high expectations are set for every child to achieve their potential and beyond.
Our curriculum is planned to give pupils real life and memorable experiences and exposure to a range of cultural opportunities to promote life-long learning. This is often beyond the classroom walls, through an extensive range of educational experiences and visits, Forest School and outdoor learning. Children are encouraged to be reflective and have the confidence to make mistakes and learn from them.
Our curriculum exceeds the current requirement of the national curriculum. The Cornerstones creative curriculum approach is ambitious and challenging, broad and balanced, knowledge rich and ensures coverage and progression in subject areas. It aims to ensure that children know more and remember more but are also able to transfer knowledge and skills in a cross curricular way so that no subject is taught in isolation and children are able to see connections and relationships. Fluency and application of knowledge and skills to promote mastery is key to our curriculum choices e.g. Maths is taught using the Singapore approach through the Maths No Problem syllabus.
Personal development and wellbeing is embedded throughout the curriculum and our Church School values are central in supporting children's spiritual, moral social and cultural development as well as diversity and tolerance. Our curriculum encourages pupils to develop resilience, independence and respect so they can become responsible, caring, happy and healthy individuals who are able to make a positive contribution to their community and in the wider world.