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Chawson First School

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At Chawson 1st School we all share a united vision, that all of our children will develop into independent, articulate and aspirational children.


Our school day starts at 8:30/8:40am as a soft start and ends at 3:10pm. During this time, we use our curriculum as our main tool for providing children with the opportunities to develop these skills. Each subject contributes to us achieving this vision.


Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Chawson First School reflects the vision of the school and incorporates all aspects of the National Curriculum. We are proud of the personalised approach that we take to the curriculum enabling us to ensure that our children can access their learning most effectively and that the knowledge, skills and concepts included are those which are most important to them. In all we do, we aim to support the children to be ready for their next stage of their learning.



The curriculum is evaluated through work scrutiny, pupil interviews, teachers’ responses and Governors’ visits into school.  Modifications are made where appropriate and reflected in policy if necessary.


The knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage of learning is detailed in the school’s reading, writing, and maths assessment materials and the Year Group over views of the curriculum. The school uses skills progression documents to ensure coverage throughout the school.  The specific knowledge and key words taught during each topic are shared with parents through the half termly topic letters.


To specifically support the teaching of reading and phonics we use Little Wandle within reception and year one.

The ‘Letters and Sounds’ document using resources from Jolly Phonics and Ruth Miskin continues to be followed within yrs 2-4.


Within yrs 2-4 we plan for whole class guided reading using texts to build on subject knowledge and hold the children's interests. We also use a range of reading schemes including Oxford reading tree, Project X, Songbirds and Dandelion Readers to support children of a lower ability and support teacher assessment judgements. 


Please see the policies below for further information about our curriculum- 

Year 1-4 topics: 


Reception topics:


Pre-school Long term plan 2021-22:

The pre-school long term plan is a two-year rolling cycle due to some children being with us from the term they turn three. Depending on which point in the year this falls, they might be with us in Pre-school for more than one academic year and we do not want children repeating the same topics.