This statement sets out the principles underpinning the curriculum here at Huntley C of E School and reflects the school’s continual commitment to positively developing all aspects of our pupils’ lives.
The curriculum comprises of all the planned activities which promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also any other activity, for example, extra-curricular clubs, Forest schools and other opportunities to enrich their learning experience.
We aim for excellence in achievement and personal development by having a stimulating curriculum, which matches the needs of our children and encourages them to be enthusiastic, motivated and confident learners with inquiring minds. We believe that learning should be fun, that children should have a childhood enriched by the highest standard of education and that their school days should provide happy memories to last a lifetime.
Please look on the class pages for termly plans.
In addition, we have 12 core values which permeate throughout our school life. Staff have high behavioural expectations and act as positive role models for the children. We are passionate about developing our children’s ‘transferable’ life skills such as verbal communication and team work, as well as ‘subject specific’ skills to ensure that they are prepared for the future and have the skills to for continued learning.
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 and move their learning on,
- 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 tour children and staff 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 skills are 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.
Children also have opportunities to put forward their ideas to the School council and these skills are reinforced and practiced through the role children play as ‘Peer mediators’ in Years 5 and 6.
Throughout school, all pupils are encouraged to read widely and listen to both fiction and non-fiction 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. We have a school ‘Reading Challenge’ whereby our children are rewarded for regular reading and can gain, Bronze, Silver and Gold reading awards
.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, age appropriate resources we have in school. In addition, we also have a class libraries 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 One. There is a transition to the ‘Support for spelling material’s and other spelling materials linked to the National Curriculum. Spelling programme, throughout Key Stage One and Two. Children are constantly reminded to apply taught spellings and rewards and there is gem system in place to acknowledge this.
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. This is achieved 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. Children are given a range of opportunities to write for specific purposes and writing skills are promoted across the curriculum in all subject areas.
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, through a three step approach- Do to, Twist it and Deepen it. This encourages children to apply the taught skills and further deepen their understanding. The objectives are taken from the National Curriculum which is divided into seven strands: Number and place value, Addition and subtraction, Multiplication and division, Fractions, Measurements, Geometry, Statistics (Year 2 onwards)
Religious Education (R.E.)
The ethos of the school is underpinned by the R.E. curriculum and our school values. Children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them, this links in with our work on British Values. We encourage children to use and develop their skills in R.E and to participate in critical thinking. We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed RE Syllabus.
During Key Stage One, the children study aspects of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In Key Stage two, the study of Christianity is developed and religious beliefs within Hinduism, Judaism and Islam are explored. The resource Understanding Christianity is used to support the teaching of Christianity. Opportunities for spiritual development are embraced throughout the curriculum alongside our focused planned Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural opportunities.
High-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundation of knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Our children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science inquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around themAre equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
History/Geography/Design Technology D.T. / Art
These are taught on a rolling programme through a selected topic. They are theme driven with either history or geography as the main driver. Children are encouraged to explore and discover creatively. Objectives are taken from the National Curriculum.
Personal Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.)
P.H.S.E offers learning opportunities and experiences that enable children and young people to grow and develop as individuals and as valuable members of families and communities. The P.S.H.E programme alongside our school Values, help children to empathise with others, develop healthy relationships and support their emotional and physical well-being. P.S.H.E 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. Objectives are taken from the Gloucestershire PINK (people in the Know) Safeguarding Curriculum.
Relationship and Sex Education (R.S.E)
We follow our RSE policy which has been developed in accordance with national and county guidance. There has been pupil and parental involvement in the development of this curriculum. Age appropriate lessons are delivered on a two year rolling programme from Reception up to Year Six and links are made to the Science curriculum where appropriate.
Drugs and Alcohol Education
The school has an age appropriate, scheme of work for the delivery of our Drugs education, again from the Gloucestershire safeguarding curriculum. 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 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 use local sporting facilities to enhance our curriculum delivery. We enter numerous sporting competitions between both our cluster schools and across the county, giving all the children a chance to represent the school in a wide range of events.
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 for two terms. 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 three upwards, throughout the school. Teaching is delivered by a secondary specialist languages teacher.
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.
This is really seen as a VITAL part of school life and compliments and expands the taught curriculum. 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.
These are usually topic dependent although we do take advantage of many opportunities offered to the children. In addition class or whole school trips, every year there is the opportunity for the children to enjoy some form of theatre experience, either a pantomime or theatre performance.
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.
We are very proud of our Forest School programme and we are lucky to be in such a beautiful setting. IN Class Stream the children have a Welly Wednesday afternoon. Then each term all the children have a Forest School afternoon in their year groups. The children carry out all sorts of activities from blackberry smoothie making, gardening, forest walks and dens building.
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 P.G.L residential. Year sixes visit the Isle of Wight with children from the other NeWMATCH schools.
There are opportunities for the children to be involved in a large number of school sports teams, including: kwik cricket, high five netball, tag rugby and boys and girls football. In addition we take full advantage of other sports events and competitions.
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 and the priest in charge regularly visits school and will lead our values assemblies.
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, there are nominated house captains and they become Buddies’ supporting the new reception children. In Key Stage 2 children can be also elected onto the School Council
In years 5 and 6, the children carry out ‘peer mediation’ training and have the opportunity to become ‘Argue Busters’ They are a point of contact the playground and help solve minor disputes. We have regular ‘Experience’ events in the neighbouring church, organised by the church community. These events involve the children looking at key Christian events and exploring the values associated with them through a range of practical activities.