HUNTLEY C of E Primary School CURRICULUM 

School Curriculum Statement of Intent

At Huntley Church of England School, we aim to work in partnership with parents, governors, the Church and the community to provide a nurturing, personalised education for all our children.We utilise our beautiful rural setting to enhance our curriculum whilst ensuring that we offer opportunities to gain experience of the wider world.We provide a purposeful, progressive curriculum to help create a happy and inspiring environment to promote success. This education is built on a firm Christian foundation and will provide the children with the values, skills, opportunities and knowledge required for them to live successful, healthy, fulfilled lives in the future. 

 

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. 

National Curriculum Overview for Years 1-6

Huntley English Curriculum

Huntley Mathematics Curriculum

Huntley Geography Curriculum

Huntley History Curriculum

Huntley Design and Technology Curriculum

Huntley Art and Design Curriculum

PSHE/ Relationships and Health Education Curriculum

 

 

 

 

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. 

Topic themes 2016-2019

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:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics-
  •  understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

School trips

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.

Topic Days
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.

Forest schools

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.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Residential trips

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. 

Sports teams

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.

Worship
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.  

 Other opportunities

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.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole School Blog

World Book Day

We had fun dressing up as characters from our houses-Inkpen, McKee, Dahl and Rowling.

Can you guess who we are?

Shared Writing Week

Shared Writing Week

This week we have enjoyed Shared Writing Week across school. In every class we have explored the book by Kobi Yamada called ‘WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?’. The writing that we completed this week was shared across the whole school!

The book follows a young boy who suddenly gets an idea! It shows us his journey of feelings as he hides, grows and shares his idea.

Class Stream wrote Acrostic poems about ideas.

Class River wrote instructions about looking after a precious idea.

Class Estuary wrote newspaper reports about a world changing idea.

Class Ocean wrote 2 contrasting diary entries from the perspective of the little boy.

On Friday we gathered in house groups and shared our excellent writing. Teachers and children were wowed by neat handwriting, original ideas, descriptions, genre features, emotions and clear, loud reading. It was a very inspiring sharing time!

It was fantastic to see so many confident and proud writers.

We are already looking forward to the next Shared Writing Week!

Please come and see some samples of our work displayed in the school hall.

 

Internet Safety – PC Steer Visit

SchoolBeat Officer PC Greg Steer visited us this morning to teach us about staying safe online. We learnt about; age ratings on games, which personal information is safe to share, privacy settings, stranger awareness, posting photographs, location tagging and our personal online experiences so far.

If we decide to create social media accounts and post when we are old enough, we will know how to keep ourselves safe and be kind online.

Thank you PC Steer for a very important and interesting lesson.

Science Tree Survey

Year 5 and 6 have been collecting data for a National tree survey in our local woodland behind school.

We used our tree identification information and flow charts to pick our study trees; either Ash, Oak or Chestnut.

During the survey we explored the tree’s habitat, size (taking different measures), canopy, colour and leaves. The second part of our investigations involved looking for specific types of pests and viruses.

If you wish to take part in another survey click here    Take a Survey

 

 

 

Leaf Creative science visit

Today Years 5 & 6 walked to our local garden centre to learn about asexual reproduction in plants.

We were greeted by Jonathan and Ann who led a very interesting and interactive talk about tubers, bulbs, runners and taking cuttings.

A huge thank you to Leaf Creative, especially Jonathan and Ann, for making us so welcome and making plants so fun! We will enjoy our growing challenges and keep you updated with our progress. Thank you for our goodie bags to get us started.

A special visit!

Today we had a very special visitor! The Easter Bunny!!!!!! The Easter Bunny was a little bit naughty and set off the fire alarm, we all had to go out in the cold & rain but very quickly cheered up when the Easter Bunny waved at us from the door. It was very exciting indeed… Continue Reading

Break the Rules for Comic Relief!

Before Comic Relief day we brought in lots of ‘copper’ coins so that we could make a ‘red nose’. We brought in so many coins that we were allowed to ‘break the rules’ on Comic Relief day. The rules we could break were- having crazy hair, wearing face paint, not wearing school trousers or skirt,… Continue Reading

Remembrance Day

We learnt about why we have remembrance day, why we wear poppies and about the end of world war one a hundred years ago. Class Stream made a poppy wreath. Here it is next to the sheep visiting us from the diocese as part of the ‘ Good Shepherd Project’.             … Continue Reading