Both our children are very happy at Cholsey School, where they feel safe and are nurtured.  We feel the school is managing the current reforms in education well and is keeping their children’s well-being in the forefront.

Parent Survey comment November 2015

Curriculum

Learning and Teaching

We have revised our curriculum to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. The National Curriculum lies at the heart of the education provided for our children. This is a national framework of aims and objectives upon which our teaching staff build, using their particular skills, to meet the individual requirements of all our children.  Our own Cholsey curriculum has been put together to suit the needs of the children in our school and we emphasise the importance of cross-curricular links which help children to make connections between the different areas of learning.

We were inspired by our whole school visit to the Story Museum in Oxford in June 2014 to base our new curriculum topics around the classic children's books in their 26 Characters Exhibition. We therefore launched the 2014 curriculum with a whole school topic on Peter Pan.

Our plans are outlined for each key stage: The Foundation Stage (children aged 4-5); Key Stage 1 (children aged 5-7); Key Stage 2 (children aged 7-11).

Our curriculum encourages children to share their work and their learning with their parents and we plan to continue to conclude our topics with special afternoons hosted by the children who invite their parents and carers to take part in the learning. These days have been valuable and enjoyable for children, carers and teachers and a fantastic opportunity for the children to show off their creativity.  Our Peter Pan exhibition included work completed in school as well as an amazing array of exhibits made at home.  We were delighted to welcome approximately 150 visitors to enjoy this afternoon event.

 

How do we teach reading at Cholsey?

Our main aim is to foster a life-long love of reading in all our children but you can access a detailed review of how we teach reading skills by clicking on the link above.

We really like this website for ideas: http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

How do we teach calculation in mathematics at Cholsey? Have a look at the OPEN schools' calculation policy which the maths leaders in all 5 of our schools have worked on, and Mr Hallion's powerpoint presentation below to find out more:

 OPEN schools' calculation policy 2015  and Maths Powerpoint 4 parents January 2015

We use the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics and have had two teachers on the national research programme run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/47230

The new national curriculum and assessment

With the introduction of the new national curriculum in 2014, which is to be tested for the first time in 2016, schools have had to make significant changes to the ways in which they assess children's progress and attainment.

Our assessment policy sets out how we are doing things at the moment, but it is a work in progress and in 2016 children in Years 2 and 6 will be assessed using the interim frameworks:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/interim-frameworks-for-teacher-assessment-at-the-end-of-key-stage-1

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/interim-frameworks-for-teacher-assessment-at-the-end-of-key-stage-2

 

Informative videos for parents by Michael Tidd about the new assessment tests may be found here:

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

 

Information published in April 2016 can be accessed below:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2016-national-curriculum-tests-for-key-stages-1-and-2-information-for-parents

 

 

To contact the school office please phone 01491 651862 or email office.2596@cholsey.oxon.sch.uk