Our Curriculum Intentions
We will equip our children with a broad range of Knowledge, Skills & Qualities to become successful and responsible learners, ready for the next stage of their education. We achieve these through developing learning values across all aspects of a curriculum that is cohesive, progressive & relevant.
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches and supports all of our children with their next steps in learning. Staff have excellent knowledge of each child and monitor and track their progress carefully to ensure their academic potential is continually developed.
These intentions are set out in our Long/Medium Term planning, Subject Skills Progression Grids and Learning Values Statement.
We implement a variety of flexible approaches that ensure learning is matched to the individual needs of all pupils so they can maximise progress in all parts of a lesson. Opportunities for rich, problem solving activities allow pupils to develop thinking in a variety of purposeful contexts.
This approach to teaching & learning is detailed in the ‘Hambledon Way’ Document and our ‘Learning Values Map’.
Leaders at all levels undertake a variety of monitoring activities to quality assure the provision and ensure we maximise the impact for pupils. Accurate self –evaluation fuels school improvement work to ensure that we continually strive for excellence.
Impact is evidenced in Monitoring Forms, Subject Position Statements and the Self-Evaluation Form.
Early Years Foundation Stage (4-5 yrs) Curriculum
Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play. Through careful observation and assessment staff are able to move children on in their learning and to also encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.
Learning opportunities are developed through:
- Play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop.
- Children’s’ interests noted by staff and suggestions from parents.
- Allowing children to make their own decisions and choices.
- Providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff.
- Incorporating drama and role-play into sessions.
- Catering for different learning styles and needs
- Offering very high quality pastoral care so that children feel confident, valued and secure.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 yrs) Curriculum
We want children to enjoy learning through involvement in a meaningful, purposeful and relevant curriculum that develops lively, enquiring minds and gives children skills for life.
The National Curriculum is used to guide and support teaching and learning at the school.
The National Curriculum includes:
English & Mathematics
The Foundation Subjects
Science, Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and a Modern Foreign Language (French)
Careful planning ensures that these subjects are matched with the age, ability and experience of each child. Computing is used throughout the curriculum, both as a teaching resource and as a tool for recording, collecting and sorting information.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Have equality of opportunity through the encouragement of positive self-esteem and the provision of an appropriate and differentiated curriculum
- Learn through an active curriculum with involvement in practical and meaningful activities
- Are encouraged to think for themselves and become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning
- Have opportunities to cooperate and work with others as well as by themselves
- Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the rights, responsibilities and respect of others as well as themselves
- Experience a curriculum which is differentiated, with continuity and progression maintained as they pass through the school.
- Engage in a curriculum which is linked across subjects, as and when appropriate, through year group and whole school theme.
- Have work monitored, highlighting their progress and achievements throughout their time at our school and that this is regularly reported to parents.
If Parents have any other questions about the curriculum at Hambledon Primary School further information can be sought from their child's teacher.