Huntley Church of England Primary School Curriculum Statement
At Huntley C of E Primary School this statement sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum and reflects the school’s commitment to developing all aspects of pupils’ lives.
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also any other activity organised by school, for example, extra-curricular activities and any other activities designed to enrich the experience of the children.
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There is also a ‘hidden’ element to the curriculum which includes, what the children learn from their school environment, the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave. We have 12 core values which permeate throughout our school life.
At Huntley C of E Primary School we aim for our children to:
- Aspire to be the best they can be.
- Be excited by their learning
- Be inquisitive and develop a curiosity of the world.
- Learn from their mistakes.
- Have the confidence and courage to take calculated risks
- Be ready for their next stage of learning
- Show empathy with others and celebrate our Christian Values
This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. These aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school. We also have a Teaching and Learning Policy which over arches all curriculum areas.
At Huntley C of E we use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We believe that developing a love of our language in our children, is vital in achieving success at school and later in life. English lessons are taught 5 times a week across the whole school with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities. Some of our English is linked to our topic work and English is a focus throughout the curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Talking is fundamental to learning. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions.
Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways. Pupils are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations.
Throughout school all pupils must are encouraged to read widely and listen to both fiction and nonfiction texts to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, and to establish an appreciation and love of reading. School provides children with a stimulating reading environment in the classroom, displays around school and in the school library. Outside agencies and visiting authors are also useful resources used to support the teaching of reading.
Guided Reading is an important part of our curriculum. Children work in focused groups to develop their reading skills and their understanding of texts.
We provide children with rich reading experiences within the English lessons and encourage them to appreciate the author’s use of language and writing techniques in order to develop their own writing skills.
Our children take their reading books home daily to share with their families/carers. As they go through the school, they are given more responsibility for making their own reading choices from the excellent resources we have in school. We also have a library for children to choose books from.
A structured programme of spelling extends across the whole school, beginning with Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds in EYFS and Key Stage 1. There is a transition to the Support for spelling materials and spelling materials linked to the National Curriculum. Spelling programme at the end of Key Stage 1 and beginning of Key Stage 2, and this continues to be used through to the end of Year 6.
Pupils will be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription, that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphological (word structure) and orthographic (spelling structure) patterns of words. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting
Our mathematics curriculum equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Our main aim is that all pupils will develop a positive attitude to maths and learn to use it with confidence, understanding and pleasure. We aim to provide each child access to the curriculum at a level suitable for their ability. The objectives are taken from the National Curriculum.
Religious Education (RE)
The ethos of the school is underpinned by the RE curriculum and our school values.
Children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in RE and to participate in critical thinking. We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed RE Syllabus. During Key Stage 1, the study of Christianity is introduced and aspects of Judaism are taught. In Key Stage 2, the study of Christianity is developed and religious beliefs within Hinduism, Judaism and Islam are explored.
Opportunities for spiritual development are embraced throughout the curriculum alongside our focused weekly Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural afternoon
These are taught on a rolling programme through a selected topic. They are theme driven with either history, geography or science as the main driver. Children are encouraged to explore and discover creatively. Objectives are taken from the National Curriculum.
Personal, social, health education (PSHE) is a carefully planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that enable children and young people to grow and develop as individuals and as valuable members of families and of social and economic communities.
PSHE education provides children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It inspires them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. It gives children and young people the skills to reflect on and analyse their own values and equips them to face difficult and sometimes conflicting attitudes they may face in the future.
Sex and Relationship Education
We follow our sex and relationship education policy which has been developed in accordance with county support information and with pupil and parental involvement. Age appropriate lessons are delivered on a two year rolling programme right across the school.
Drugs and Alcohol Education
The school has a scheme of work for the delivery of Drugs education that is age appropriate. This is also delivered on a two year cycle.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Physical Education develops children’s physical skills, confidence, capabilities and potential. It gives opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others. At Huntley C of E Primary School children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups, helping them to develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. We promote a positive attitude towards active lifestyles and aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity.
In addition to being taught by their class teacher, lessons are provided by PE coaches who are specialists in their field.
We also enter numerous sporting competitions between both our cluster schools and across the county.
We use local sporting facilities to enhance our curriculum delivery.
We aim for the children to confidently and independently use and apply computing skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future. Use of ICT is encouraged in all subject areas. Coding is taught throughout the school.
Music is taught throughout the school and in cross-curricular way. Instrumental tuition is given to all children in Class Estuary for a year. Children also have the opportunity to learn an instrument with a peripatetic teacher. At Christmas we have a whole school musical production and all children are involved in our yearly Founder’s Day service.
Modern foreign languages (M.F.L.)
French is taught from year two, throughout the school. Teaching is supported and delivered by Newent Community Secondary School.
Early Years Foundation Stage
There are seven areas of learning and development.
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
- These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
Additionally there are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
- understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.
The curriculum is enhanced by using visits and speakers whenever possible. We aim that each class should have at least one of these enhanced opportunities each half term.
Each year there is the opportunity for the children to enjoy some form of theatre experience, either a pantomime or theatre performance.
There are opportunities for the children to take responsibilities within their class and the whole school. In year six, children have monitor roles around school, are nominated house captains and are Buddies supporting the new reception children. In Key Stage 2 children can be elected as School Councillors.
Some aspects of the curriculum are delivered through topic weeks or days. The timetable is suspended and activities are focused on a key theme. This may be related to any curriculum area, special festival or event.
The school offers a variety of clubs for children to participate in during and after school. These include football, netball, cricket, choir, drama and science clubs. In addition a peripatetic music teacher delivers guitar lessons during school. In years four, five and six, children have the chance to take part in weekend PGL residential. Year sixes visit the Isle of Wight with children from the other GLOWMATCH schools.
We are ideally situated in a forest setting and take full advantage of this. We use the forest area, school grounds and wildlife area to carry out Forest school activities. The children are given opportunities work in a both independent and exploratory way to apply learnt skills and knowledge.
Daily worship is an important part of school life where we celebrate our values. We have strong links with the church where we hold termly services to celebrate Christian festivals. Members from the Church community also lead a weekly ‘Open the Book’ assembly.