Curriculum and Phonics

Preparation for and appreciation of life in modern Britain

Here at Chapmanslade Primary we believe that we help prepare our children for and develop an appreciation of life in modern Britain. We promote:

Democracy - through our School Council and Class Councils, Acts of Collective Worship, Circle Time, and our PSHE curriculum

The Rule of Law - through our Golden Rules, Acts of Collective Worship, PE curriculum, our behaviour management systems, visitors to the school (such as Police, Fire Brigade, etc), Circle Time and our PSHE curriculum

Individual Liberty - through our PSHE curriculum, RE curriculum and across the Curriculum as a whole where we encourage individual expression

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs - through School Council and Class Councils, Acts of Collective Worship, our behaviour management systems, Circle Time, PSHE curriculum, RE curriculum, and across the whole curriculum.

The School Curriculum

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Reception Year Curriculum

Our Curriculum for Reception Year follows the guidance from the DfE entitled 'Development Matters'.

Click HERE to follow a link to the guidance material relating to EYFS.


Assessment of Reception Year

Children are assessed throughout the year in relation to the stages of development outlined in Development Matters. At the end of the Reception Year, children are assessed according to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) exemplified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile produced by the Standards and Testing Agency.

Children are given the following grades:

Emerging = below national expectations for the end of Reception Year

Expected = meeting the national expectations for the end of Reception Year

Exceeding = above the national expectations for the end of Reception Year


Click HERE to follow a link to the EYFS Profile Handbook.


Teaching of Reading

Here at Chapmanslade we love reading! We believe that developing strong Reading skills are absolutely crucial in order to enable children to develop a broad and balanced skill set, develop a love of learning, access the wider curriculum, be ready for KS2, be 'Secondary ready'.

We encourage parents to read on a daily basis at home with their child.

We aim to hear each child read, on an individual 1:1 basis with an adult, 3 times per week in KS1 - quite a unique achievement! In KS2 we hear each child read in Guided reading sessions each week.

For those children who require additional reading support in KS2 1:1 reading is provided.

But reading is everywhere in our curriculum! In daily Literacy lessons, Science, Maths, History, Geography, RE, etc. Children read in the vast majority of lessons throughout the week.

As we believe that reading skills are developed both through phonics and in various contexts, we have non-word books, a wide range of phonics based 'reading schemes' in the school, various other reading schemes, a wide range of KS1 appropriate story and non-fiction books, and for when children are ready we have an extensive 'free reader' school library of both fiction and non-fiction books. We also enhance these books with Wiltshire Library Services books relating to the topic we are studying.

We also have an annual Book Week.



The School follows the DfE guidance and using a delivery of phonics learning often termed as 'synthetic phonics'.

The School uses a range of resources to supplement the teaching of Synthetic Phonics such as 'Letters and Sounds', 'Phonics Bug' and 'LCP Phonics'.

Follow the links below to find out more about Phonics:


Assessing Phonics

Children in Year R, Year 1, and those children in Year 2 who have not met the end of Year 1 pass mark, are assessed each term on their progression in Phonics.

Year 1 children are assessed at the end of the year using the National Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

Follow the link below to find out more about the Phonics Screening Check:


The National Curriculum 2014 for Year 1, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5

Chapmanslade Primary School is following the guidelines for the statutory National Curriculum 2014. We teach some subjects discreetly, such as Maths, RE, PE, MFL (French), Music, PSHE, Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling. However, we aim to teach all other subjects through a 'Topic' based cross-curricula approach. Where possible, we try to make connections between discreet subjects and the class Topic.

Rising Stars have produced very useful guidelines for parents regarding the new National Curriculum 2014. This has been produced to cover each specific year group. Follow the link below to find the webpage to download this useful guidance:

However, Chapmanslade Primary School has mixed age classes and so inevitably (as it points out in the Rising Stars guidance) we have produced our own Curriculum Map in the form of Year A and Year B cycles for each class. In delivering the Topic based approach to the new Curriculum 2014 we create our own Yearly Cycle based on the use of  a range of resources such as Prospectus Curriculum, The Learning Challenge Curriculum, and The Literacy Key. The Yearly Cycle for each class can be found on each Class Page by following the navigation links on the right hand side.


In Maths we use the Abacus 2014 resources.

In RE we use the 'Discovery RE' resources.

In Computing we follow Somerset's ELIM plans and EBYTES for E-Safety.

In PE we use a range of resources provided by our Sports Coaches - Superstars Sports and PH Sports. We supplement this with our own range of resources.

In MFL we use 'Le Jolie Ronde' resources. We are also extremely proud that for a large number of years we have not only already been delivering MFL to KS2, but also to KS1 and Reception Year as well. This has historically been Spanish, but this year we are changing to French. We are proud to be continuing to deliver MFL to all year groups.

In Music we follow the Curriculum 2014 guidance and have developed our own programme of study developed by our specialist Music Teacher.

In PSHE we use the 'Learn for Life' resources recommended by the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme.

In Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling we use a wide and varied range of resources.

Links to all of these resources can be found bellow:


Assessment of Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling

Children are regularly assessed in their progress in Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling.

At the end of Year 6 children are assessed in the National Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling Tests.

Follow the link below to find out more about the Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling Test at the end of KS2:


Assessment - Year 1, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5

Currently, the Government has just released 'performance descriptors' for Y2 and Y6 for new Curriculum 2014, and the Government has not provided schools with a national assessment model to ensure consistency across schools. As a result of this Chapmanslade Primary School is currently using LEVEL DESCRIPTORS when assessing pupil progress. This presents a significant challenge for the school as we are teaching the new Curriculum 2014, whilst using assessment systems that relate to the previous National Curriculum 2000. This is a significant challenge being faced by all Primary Schools up and down the country. However, Westbury Schools have all agreed to continue with this approach so as to ensure consistency across schools, and ensure Teachers are confident in continuing to deliver high quality pupil assessment that ensure good and outstanding pupil progress.

The school aims to migrate to a replacement system once a greater degree of clarity has been issued by the DfE, and once a greater degree of conformity between schools has been achieved. It would be highly problematic for Secondary schools to receive children who have been assessed in a non-uniform, infinitely diverse manner in the range of their feeder Primary schools. Whilst our current Year 6, and Year 2 will be assessed against the previous national Curriculum 2000, this approach makes perfect sense (see section below).

This approach benefits the children at Chapmanslade Primary School immensely as Teachers are highly skilled at making assessment judgements using Level Descriptors and at using these judgements to inform the next steps in planning teaching programmes to ensure pupils make good progress in their learning.


2014/15 - Year 2 and Year 6 - Curriculum and Assessment

The Government has introduced a new 2014 Curriculum for Primary Schools statutory from September 2014. However, there has been an implementation issue created by the timescales of the launch of this new Curriculum in relation to statutory testing at the end of KS1 and KS2. As a result, all Primary Schools will be required to test their current Year 2 and Year 6 pupils against the previous National Curriculum (Curriculum 2000). Year 6 pupils will sit the National SATs tests in Reading and Maths and will be receive Teacher Assessments in Writing. As a result of this our current Year 2 and Year 6 are being taught a combination of Curriculum 2014 and Curriculum 2000 in order to ensure both readiness for the next Key Stage and to enable them to be successful in these end of year assessments.

Follow the link below to find out more about SATs: