At Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop we believe in educating the whole child.

We deliver a broad and balanced Curriculum, with emphasis on the National Curriculum Core Subjects.

We believe in developing creativity and independence.

We creatively link together common themes into topics to allow cross-curricular links and to reinforce learning and understanding.

We believe that learning happens both in and beyond the classroom.

We offer an active and practical approach to learning and, where possible, provide a variety of experiences both within and outside the school environment.  Such experiences can take the form of educational trips, dance workshops, Science Days, theatre trips, visiting theatre groups and story tellers, Book Weeks, visiting speakers, charity days and whole-school theme days.  We also offer a number of after-school activity clubs.


Phonics is a key ingredient in the teaching of early readers at our school.  It enables children to understand that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words and this underpins the key skill of word reading. Through a rigorous and systematic programme, we aim for children to achieve mastery of speedily working out the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.

To ensure continuity in progression of skills across the Foundation Stage and the Key Stages, the school follows the National Curriculum (2014) programmes of study. “Letters and Sounds” forms the core of our phonics programme and this is supplemented with activities from other schemes.

  • In Reception and Year 1 we teach discreet phonics daily. Each session is for 20 - 30 minutes
  • Children who do not reach the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics check will have a phonics intervention programme in Year 2
  • Children at Key Stage 2 will have differentiated phonic support if still required.
  • Phonics will also be reinforced throughout topic work and other areas of the curriculum.

If you would like to develop your own understanding of phonics please speak with your child’s class teacher. We also offer opportunities to attend Parent Phonic Workshops at our school.  If you would like further information on phonic and spelling activities then please follow the links below:-

Key Vocabulary for parents

Phonics Websites  for parents

Lots of information and guidance for parents/carers.

A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

Printable resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.

Letter names come up in alphabetical order.

Activities for all phases.

A phonic game with choice of difficulty (some HFWs, some vowel blends, very varied).

Make any words with this useful game.

Useful page which demonstrates pronunciation of all sounds.

National Curriculum Programmes of Study

For information regarding the national curriculum please click on the link above.

This document includes information on:-

Programmes of Study for Reading, Writing and Maths (All years), National Curriculum Spelling Appendix (Years 1 & 2)

Curriculum information for subjects (KS1 and KS2):





Art and Design


Physical Education

Collective Worship

All Church maintained schools provide daily collective worship for pupils. In our school this is delivered through whole school, year group or class based assemblies. This time offers the opportunity to engage in collective expression and reflection, exploring religious, moral and spiritual ideas. Every week there is a Celebration Assembly during which children reflect upon their personal and collective achievement, both in school and outside. This takes place on a Friday just before home time and parents are welcome to attend.

As parents, you have the right to withdraw your child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. If you feel this applies then please come and discuss it with the Headteacher.

Personal, Social and Health Education

At Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop School the personal development of each child is considered key to them becoming successful learners and well-rounded individuals. Our PSHE contributes to the promotion of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) of each and every pupil and also to their wider personal development and well-being.

Our PSHE programme is delivered within the cross curricular topics we explore each term. We also have a dedicated ELSA (emotional aspects of learning) practitioner who works with individuals and small groups to help ensure that our pupils are happy and able to cope with their emotions appropriately.

At the beginning of each year the children create a Class Charter which establishes the class rules and routines. Each child takes part in these discussions to ensure a sense of belonging and value. The Class Charters are linked to our Christian values that underpin our curriculum.

Our school Pupil Council runs throughout the year and children have the opportunity to be elected by their peers. Elections for the school Council are used as an opportunity to highlight the importance of democracy and other key British values such as diversity, tolerance, self-belief and individual liberty.

Home Learning

The best “home learning” children can have is enjoying shared experiences with family so when this is not happening we ask you to tell the teacher. It may be necessary to miss a task due to family commitments, better to miss it than rush or not enjoy the home learning that has been given.

The school wishes to promote a learning partnership. Children are expected to read at home on a regular basis. As the children progress through the school they may be expected to do some research on a particular study unit. We ask for as much parental encouragement as possible.

Updated: Spring 2017