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.
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.
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.