Chartridge Combined School

The Chartridge Curriculum


It is our aim to foster a love of learning in our children and to provide opportunities for them all to be inspired and achieve.  We know that our children are enthusiastic and keen to learn particularly when given the opportunity to explore and appreciate how many of the subjects are related, through a thematic approach and within a meaningful context.

We believe strongly in the Growth Mindset philosophy which means that all of our children are given the opportunity and encouragement to succeed at whatever challenge they are faced with.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

The National Curriculum comprises of twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as 'core' and 'foundation' subjects.

CORE: English, Mathematics, Science & Religious Education

FOUNDATION: Art, Music, Geography, History, Computing, Design Technology, PSHE & Foreign Language (French)

Please follow this link to find out more about the curriculum we follow: 

The National Curriculum in England

Our curriculum has been designed to embrace the objectives of the National Curriculum but also allows our pupils to learn through a series of exciting topics that lend themselves particularly to our school and locality or the children’s interests wherever possible.

Here you can see our Curriculum Overview for this year.  This is under constant review as we evaluate what has been effective for our children.  Teachers may choose to make changes as the year progresses.  Topics vary between either a term or half term in length and start with the children sharing their ideas and existing knowledge on the theme before discussing what they hope to learn and how.

 Our Curriculum Overview

Each term we enrich our curriculum with additional events which include visitors to school, day trips, residential visits away, sporting events and themed days.

Yr 2 visit Aylesbury Fire StationSnow day.

Learning maths outside


The Teaching of English and Reading

Our English planning is  always evolving and is a fluid process as we respond to the children's needs and indeed their own ideas.  Where relevant and an enhancement, English will link to the class topic but at other times will stand alone. 


The basic skills of language development are speaking, listening, reading and writing.

In our Reception class children are provided with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen through role play, storytelling and drama activities. Children are encouraged to hear sounds in the environment and in words; preparing them for a phonic approach to reading and spelling. Books are shared as a whole class, encouraging pupils to discuss characters, setting, and features of the text and vocabulary. Pre-writing skills are practised starting with mark making and patterns, leading to basic letter formation and the start of handwriting.

In our Reception class and Key Stage 1, children learn to read and spell through daily synthetic phonic lessons based on the Letters and  Sounds scheme.

Our Reading Scheme is bespoke to our school, made up of books from a range of publishers so that it suits our children’s interests.  Children are encouraged to regularly borrow books from our school library or from their ‘class library’ to ensure they read a wide selection of texts.

Throughout the school, comprehension skills are taught through ‘Guided Reading’ sessions and through teacher-led activities in English lessons.

We teach writing through the Talk 4 Writing initiative which enables children to really develop their own skills.

The school runs a number of literacy interventions for those children who need extra support with their language development.


Science at Chartridge

Science at Chartridge provides pupils with opportunities to carry out practical experiments and apply their knowledge of science to the real world. Pupils will be covering the National Curriculum and linking their learning to other areas of the curriculum wherever possible.

Our vision is that we are inquisitive about the world around and beyond us.  We take a practical approach to explore and test our ideas in order to become better scientists.

Pupils will be regularly assessed after each topic. 

Below is an outline of what each child will cover during their time at Chartridge.


Science long term overview



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Animals, including humans

Seasonal changes


Everyday materials

Seasonal changes


Seasonal change

Observe changes, describe weather and day length.


Seasonal changes


Seasonal change

Observe changes, describe weather and day length.

Animals including humans: carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.


Seasonal changes


Uses of everyday Materials



Uses of everyday Materials


Living things and habitats

Animals, including humans


Animals, including humans





Forces and magnets



Animals including humans; nutrition

Rocks and soils

Rocks and soils



Animals including humans

-Digestive System


-Food chains

Sound and Hearing

-Pitch and volume



-Simple circuits


-Conductors and Insulators


States of Matter

-Grouping materials

- Changing state


States of Matter



-Water cycle

Living things and their habitats


- Changing environments



Earth and space






Life cycles





Living things: classification

Evolution & Inheritance

Circulatory systems


Working scientifically, scientific enquiry, recording and analysing observations will be learned through all units at appropriate times.


Science websites

Please see below for a range of interesting and applicable science websites.

Science Kids

BBC Science Clips


BBC Bitesize


Kids National Geographic


Science Sparks Investigations -for-kids/