Our Approach to Learning

At Chagford Primary, we aim to nurture a love of learning. We aim to inspire a desire and motivation to learn about themselves, each other and the world in which they live. We want children to continue to love learning as they grow older, and we work to equip them with the skills to do this. We give children opportunities to learn in ways that inspire, enrich their imagination and develop creativity. We value and respond to the inspiration and motivation of each individual in our school community and foster an environment in which we all learn from one another. We demonstrate that as adults we are still learning and that making mistakes is part of the learning process. We ensure that children have the opportunity to learn from other members of the Chagford community, so that those around us can be a continual source of inspiration.

Our curriculum has been developed to embrace our school aims, which are at the heart of teaching and learning at Chagford Primary School. We have embraced the new curriculum as an opportunity, exploring real-life challenges for the children to work towards, whether taught through discrete subjects or as part of a topic. Our creative curriculum allows us to approach many strands of learning through engaging topics that the children are proactive in choosing. Our curriculum aims to be:

  • meaningful and relevant
  • exciting, varied and cross-curricular
  • well planned
  • rich in real experiences
  • flexible enough to respond to pupil’s interests, current affairs or local events.

Our curriculum is both challenging and rigorous. We want pupils to experience all the elements of a broad and balanced curriculum, in line with national expectations, with the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need to equip them for the future. Therefore our curriculum also has:

  • age appropriate expectations for knowledge and understanding in different subject areas
  • an age appropriate progression for the acquisition of skills
  • expectations in place for planning and assessment so that learning is always built on prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • flexibility to allow for mixed aged classes

Chagford Primary School aims to be a thriving, inclusive and cohesive community of learners. We promote a strong sense of belonging and responsibility whilst celebrating the diversity of our community through our inclusive policies, ethos, curriculum, actions and relationships. We are committed to inclusion and to meeting the needs of every child. We work effectively together to support good learning and progress for all children, including children who have additional or special educational needs. We strive to remove barriers to learning and to improve the outcomes for all groups of children. We work closely with families, the local education authority and professionals from a range of disciplines to best meet the needs of each individual child. Quality first teaching, targeted provision and specialist provision underpin our approach. Early identification of additional or special educational needs, effective differentiation, rigorous monitoring and close partnership with parents/carers, all help the children to realise their full potential and to narrow the gap in achievement and outcomes.

The Thrive Approach believes that every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter, and that they are valued for their unique qualities. Like all of us at some point in our lives, children face challenges that knock them off course. What is needed then is understanding and support to get them back on track. Every child will be supported through the school wide Thrive approach. An initial assessment will enable class teachers to identify particular topics to work on, such as how to have different opinions without falling out or how to recognise when someone is unhappy or upset. Children who need more support will meet regularly with a Thrive practitioner, in small groups or one-to-one, to focus on their learning needs together.

To find out more about the new curriculum please read the Parents Complete Guide pdf below, or speak to your child’s Class Teacher.