Whole school curriculum
Our curriculum is the beginning of a long and exciting journey that will bring personal achievement and resilience.
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 topic based curriculum. Each subject is taught separately but links made through the topic. 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.
Our Curriculum Subject Intent
Design and Technology at Hurst Hill prepares children to take part in a rapidly changing world. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to developing ideas and making products and systems. They will reflect and evaluate their work considering the aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design Technology will help children at Hurst Hill become discriminating and informed consumers..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Our whole school curriculum map can be viewed here: - Curriculum 2019-2021