We are proud to say that we are a school that’s sharply focused on the future. We’re at the forefront of new developments in ways of teaching and using modern technology as a tool for learning. Our 21st Century approach isn’t about gigabytes and Google though. Chorlton Park is different because of the ways we use new technology and educational theory to make every child’s experience here as effective and enriching as possible.
Our personalised approach to learning encourages personal development and promotes high standards while keeping our curriculum broad and exciting. What we’re aiming for is children who can use and apply their essential literacy, numeracy and ICT skills confidently in the classroom and in everyday life.
The Big Question
It might sound odd, but we concentrate on the learning and not on the subjects. We know that the best learning happens when connections are made between subjects and the child is excited and motivated so we teach literacy, numeracy and ICT in a way that weaves it into a broader range of subjects. When looking at the Tudors, for example, your child may be studying what looks to you like history, but as part of this topic they will be developing their reading, writing and IT skills.
We call these topics ‘big questions’. They encourage pupils to approach subjects from different angles, across disciplines and learning styles. More importantly they help our children to produce some exciting and innovative work. Year 6 children were recently challenged with the big question: ‘How did World War II affect the children of Chorlton Park?’, while Year 1 tackled ‘Are you afraid of the dark?’. Ofsted highlighted this as one of our strengths.
Children need a rich cultural environment to help develop confident reading, writing and speaking skills. We build up reading skills progressively, from phonic word building through to independent research activities. Children are encouraged to read at home and borrow books from our well-stocked library.
Children at Chorlton Park are taught to develop a range of strategies to solve mathematical problems. Using both paper and pencil methods and mental maths, we concentrate on instilling a real understanding of number and developing a high level of mental agility. We find ways of teaching numeracy to suit the child, giving them the confidence to enjoy and achieve in maths.
Access to the latest technology has become vital in the 21st Century classroom. We’ve invested in great ICT resources and as a result have gained a reputation for innovation in this area. We have two dedicated ICT rooms and at least one networked computer in each classroom. We also have interactive whiteboards in every room, which has revolutionised the way we teach.
Teachers now have a range of computer tools to help bring many subjects to life and pupils love contributing to the very lively blogs each year group have on our website. Children throughout the school also have plenty of opportunity to make their own films, animation and multimedia productions.
We teach knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and customs drawn from the world’s major religions. We aim to develop children’s moral and spiritual awareness, and encourage them to respect the rights of those whose beliefs differ from their own. Acts of collective worship take place at assembly time. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from part or all religious education and collective worship that we provide.
Age-appropriate sex education is taught to Year 6 pupils as part of PHSE Citizenship. Parents and carers are informed about when this will take place, and can opt to take their children out of these classes.