Curriculum Intent Statement

The school values; Respect, Courage, Integrity, Compassion and Hope, are key to our identity. On these foundations, our bespoke Checkendon Curriculum is designed to engage, excite and enthuse. Rooted in developing an understanding of our locality, our country and our world, it aims to foster in pupils the attitudes, skills and knowledge to enable them to take their place as the global citizens of the 21st Century.


We aim to give every pupil the opportunity to develop their particular capabilities in our stimulating and caring environment where creative teaching and an inspiring curriculum lead to high-quality learning and outstanding achievement.  Our curriculum is designed to reflect our commitment to the development of growth mindsets in staff and pupils so that children understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and perseverance. Although the EYFS Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum for England form the basis of what is taught in the school, we believe that there is so much more to learning than this, and our curriculum is therefore designed to contribute to the development of the whole child. We work in partnership with parents and the wider community to help every pupil make excellent progress, develop a lifelong love of learning and broaden their sense of citizenship, as they grow in mind, body and spirit.


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein




During their year in the Reception Class our children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and are assessed throughout the year using the Foundation Stage Profile. This is planned for and taught in six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development and creative development.


During their first term in school, children develop their social skills and an understanding of the expectations for good behaviour. They become involved in a wide range of practical activities, both indoor and outdoor.  During this time, children also start to learn early mathematical and literacy skills. Emphasis is given to the development of vocabulary.  Reading skills are introduced, including book knowledge, letter sounds and sight vocabulary. Once confidence in letter sounds is established, the children are given books and a reading record to take home.


A new National Curriculum in England was introduced in 2014.  The obligation to teach programmes of study from the previous national curriculum was disapplied and new programmes of study and attainment targets have replaced these.


The Curriculum at Checkendon

Mathematics and English lessons form a key part of teaching and learning in Key Stage 1 and 2 during the mornings, but there are also opportunities to develop mathematical skills, speaking and listening, writing and reading during the afternoons. Michael Morpurgo is a key author in all classes. Whilst maths, PE, RE, French and PSHE are usually planned with separate subject-specific topics, teaching and learning in English, science, computing, history, geography, art , design and technology, is usually linked by a termly theme. With our well-equipped school hall, playground and field, there are plenty of opportunities for a wide range of P.E. activities during the week. During the autumn term, pupils in Key Stage 2 have swimming lessons at The Oratory Preparatory School.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons and should notify the Headteacher in writing if they wish to do so. 

Most of the curriculum for physical, social and health education (PSHE) is taught in termly designated days and class discussions. Citizenship rooted in British values is taught as part of PSHE and in class and school council meetings. In addition to our regular timetables, the school plans special days dedicated to a particular theme or subject:  for example, a P.E. topic (such as golf or orienteering), or a PSHE or citizenship topic (such as financial capability or healthy lifestyles).

Each class enjoys a number of off-site visits every year, often at the beginning or end of a unit of learning. Year Six pupils have the opportunity to spend an exciting week undertaking outdoor adventurous activities at the Woodlands Centre in Wales and Year Five pupils spend two days at the Adventure Dolphin Centre in Pangbourne.

The children have opportunities to take part in a large number of extra-curricular activities; there are clubs every day after school and some early mornings as well as lunchtimes. Activities offered vary from term to term, but they have included chess, choir, clarinet, Conquermaths, dodgeball, drama, eco-committee, fencing, flute, football, guitar, gymnastics, judo, magic, pottery, sand art, science and violin.

We celebrate diversity and the individuality of each pupil in the school and this is reflected in our vision statement: ‘All pupils have the opportunity to develop their particular capabilities in our stimulating and caring environment where creative teaching and a broad curriculum lead to high-quality learning and outstanding achievement.’  



There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4



  For up to date information about the curriculum for each class, please go to Class Pages

  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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