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Whole school curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Hurst Hill we aim to provide a creative, inclusive and real-world curriculum based on our school values and vision.

Our curriculum is the beginning of a long and exciting journey that will bring personal achievement and resilience. 

Curriculum Information

Our children follow the National Curriculum and learn to read through the Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme. 

Children attend collective worship every day and are addressed by visiting speakers as well as school staff. Every class takes an assembly on two occasions during the year focusing on an aspect of their year group curriculum in order to showcase their learning. Parents are warmly welcomed to these events.

Religious Education is taught as a stand-alone lesson every week following the agreed Dudley R.E. Syllabus.

We follow our own thematic curriculum. Each subject is taught separately but links made through the theme. The curriculum is enhanced and expanded through educational visits, creative events and specialist visitors. The computing curriculum is taught once per week in Technology Central and there is another session timetabled once per week for each class to apply their skills through the wider curriculum. 

In Reception our children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

“The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.” (DfE 2013)

In Key Stage One and Two, the core subjects of English and Maths are taught in mixed ability classes. We use a range of small group intervention programmes to accelerate pupil progress such as First Class @ Number. These are delivered by teaching assistants and are in addition to whole class lessons.   

Our Curriculum Subject Intent

Music

To develop in each child a passion for music through singing, playing, composing and performing. For each child to have the opportunity to develop the skill of playing a musical instrument and for them to be able to perform with confidence to a wider audience throughout their primary school career.

Art

To equip our children with the skills to explore the world around them, creating their own imaginative pieces of art, through the study of historical and contemporary artists and by using a range of media.

PSHE

To enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. To help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. To provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. To develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Science

To nurture the curiosity of children to critically analyse the processes of the natural world, enabling them to develop the aspirations and skills needed to succeed now and in the future.

History

To gain clear knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. To gain an in-depth understanding of significant events in British history as well as acknowledging how things have changed over time.

Geography

To take an interest in their local environment and the wider world in which they live. To become equipped with the knowledge and skills to investigate geographical concepts which will deepen their understanding of the world.

RE

To become active citizens in the diverse society they live in. To demonstrate awareness, understanding and tolerance towards a wide range of religions and beliefs that may be different to their own. To develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the teaching, practices and stories expressed in Christianity and other principal religions.

Computing

To equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where technology is paramount. It is our intention to enable our children to find, explore, analyse, exchange, adapt and present information. To develop the skills necessary for children to communicate effectively and safely when using technology.

PE

To develop children’s experiences through a variety of activities. Enabling them to achieve personal successes, the appropriate skills and confidence to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. To use P.E as a tool to ensure that children lead healthy, active lives.

More information about the National Curriculum can be found on the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Our whole school curriculum map can be viewed here: - Curriculum 2019-20

Parents Spring Term Curriculum Overviews: -

Reception Curriculum Overview - Spring 

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Overview - Spring

Year 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview - Spring

Year 5 and 6 Curriculum Overview - Spring

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