At Hucklow Primary School we believe that learners achieve best when their education successfully adapts to their individual needs and is relevant to the demands and contexts of contemporary society. To this end we aim to provide a curriculum that gives memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning and meets the needs of individuals and groups of children. In a world where demands and contexts are rapidly changing (for example, half today’s children will take jobs in organisations and industries that do not yet exist) it is also essential that the education of children and young people is informed and balanced by the more slowly changing values of society and of their community. The curriculum should enable all young people to become:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
By following all these steps we can be consistently developing outstanding teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
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Curriculum Expectations 2017 – 2018
At Hucklow Primary School we consider it very important that every child in Key Stage 2 should be able to access to high quality language teaching during their school life. The National Curriculum states: “Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.”
In line with the Fir Vale family of schools Modern Foreign Languages policy and the Primary MFL Programme of study, the key elements of language learning are:
· it is inclusive
· it is taught as a coherent programme from Year 3 to Year 6
· it is part of a broader curriculum involving language and culture
· it is expected that pupils reach recognised levels of achievement
Our aims reflect those detailed in the new Primary Languages Programme of Study and seek to ensure that all pupils:
· understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
· speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;
· can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
· and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Pupils actively participate in a weekly Spanish lesson that is provided by our specialist Spanish teacher, Reshma Kachra who delivers Spanish across the family of schools. The lessons range from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the year group. At our family of schools, Spanish forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our modern foreign language teaching we provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress and continue with their language learning when they are at Secondary School. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s needs. Speaking and listening assessments are carried out informally during lessons through natural observation whereas, reading and writing assessments are carried out formally. Both are recorded to show progress and attainments against the objectives for each year group.
SMSC underpins much of what we do at Hucklow. We recognise that the personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children plays a significant role in their ability to learn and to grow into good citizens for now and for the future. At Hucklow we aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:
· Their own values and beliefs
· Spiritual awareness
· High standards of personal behaviour
· A positive and caring attitude towards themselves and other people
· An understanding and respect for their and others social and cultural traditions
· An appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures and the world around them.
· An understanding of their feelings and the feelings of others
We promote this through the following:
· Our Religious Education programme which includes visits to different places of worship and visitors into school
· Assemblies which celebrate beliefs and cultures from around the world
· Taking children out on school trips or inviting people into the school that inspire awe and wonder.
· Personal, Social and Health Education programme that allows pupils to reflect on their own feelings and develop an understanding of the feelings of others.
· Developing creativity and imagination through play, literacy, art, design technology music and drama.
· Developing pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong through Philosophy for Children, Post Incident Learning, assemblies, Restorative Conferencing
· Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school – Core Values, Good to be Green, celebration assemblies.
· Promoting equality in relation to religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
· Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values through the curriculum
· Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions, through Philosophy for Children, Post Incident Learning, assemblies and Restorative Conferencing
· Learning about and raising money for charities or giving to local causes
· Recognising and respecting different cultures represented by pupils and staff in the school.
· Encouraging children to work co-operatively in the classroom and playground.
· Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values through assemblies, Time to Talk sessions, school fairs, cultural celebrations, special events and parent workshops.
· Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities.
· Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility through School Council, class jobs and the buddy systems.
· Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures through the curriculum, assemblies, school social events, and visitors to the school.
· Participating in local events such as music festivals, sports matches and competitions.
· Recognising and nurturing talents through after school clubs, enterprise projects, and the curriculum.
· Recognising and celebration of national events such as the Olympics and Remembrance Day, World Book Day, Children in Need
· Themed days linked to topics being studied throughout the school.
At Hucklow Primary we understand the importance of technology and the role it plays within education. As a school we aim to ensure that all children are technologically competent and that they are supported and challenged to achieve.
Our Computing curriculum, for years 1 – 6, follows five key strands as well as a separate E – Safeguarding unit. Our five strands are:
· Text and graphics
· Research and communication
· Multimedia authoring
· Digital creativity
· Data and programming
Each of these strands aims to allow the children to engage with digital technology in a fun, exciting and creative way. As part of this, not all computing lessons are completed in the Computing Suite using a variety of different media such as iPads, digital cameras, hue cams, Beebots and Eazi – Speak microphones.
E – Safeguarding is also an important part of our Computing curriculum at Hucklow. All staff are trained to follow our E – Safeguarding policy and E – Safeguarding lessons are taught every half term and are sourced from a variety of different websites and schemes. As well as half termly lessons, Hucklow also embrace Safer Internet Day and Safer Internet Week, which is usually in February and follow activities created by the Safer Internet Day website.
In our Foundation Stage, pupils are taught how to use a keyboard and mouse through interactive games. They are also given an opportunity to use the Beebots and relevant iPad software to help develop their understanding of how to make electronic items move.
Hucklow Primary also has a successful Computing News Team whole report on important events throughout the year. The News Team have become an integral and important part of the school’s Computing Team.
Through their design and technology work at Hucklow Primary, we want to prepare pupils to be part of tomorrow’s technological society.
- We want them to believe in themselves, be self-motivated and respond to challenges.
- We want to provide the opportunities for pupils to be creative and problem solvers, working individually and as part of a team.
- We want them to combine thinking with practical skills.
- We want them to reflect on and evaluate their design and technology, its uses and effects.
At Hucklow, we do this by offering pupils the opportunities to develop their capability to create products through combining their planning, designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding; by encouraging creativity and innovation through designing and making; and by developing children’s understanding of technological procedures and their manufacture. Children develop their understanding through creating prototypes and experimenting with different mediums.
At Hucklow, children have a fantastic opportunity to learn business skills and design and sell products to the school community through Enterprise.
Through a minimum of 2 Enterprise events per year, our children strive towards success by learning what enterprise is, understanding the importance of teamwork, developing ideas, marketing and selling products.
Across key stages 1 and 2, children actively participate and design products such as homemade cakes, decorated candles, scented soaps, jewellery and much more. The money raised from selling these products is then used to enhance the learning of our children through events and new resources.
Geography and History
Geography is the study of the earth’s surface and of its climate, people and products. At Hucklow Primary School, our aims within the geography curriculum centre around opportunities to widen their knowledge of geographical locations, features and products.
During geography learning, our pupils can use fieldwork, first-hand experience and secondary sources such as maps or textbooks from the library to find out about a range of places and environments, including their own locality, a contrasting area in the UK and a different locality in another country. Children explore different viewpoints and opinions about both local issues and global issues including climate change, poverty, diversity and recycling. Geography learning can tie in with many other curriculum tasks, such as literacy, history and maths.
Sources used to explore and improve geography skills include:
· Film and video
· Internet sources
History inspires pupils to understand the Britain’s past and the wider world. It opens their curiosity and teaching allows them to ask questions, think critically, find evidence and develop arguments and perspectives.
At Hucklow history is taught through topic lessons where they will have and overall question that they will study. Through that they will unpick many historical events.
In KS1 the pupils are immersed in new language which relates to past times as they develop their awareness of people and events in chronological order. The will explore different periods of time where they will identify similarities and differences in the way of life.
In KS2 the pupils will build on their chronological knowledge understanding of British and worldwide history. They will make connections with trends over time and develop their questioning. Adding to that they will also construct informed responses thoughtfully from a range of resources.
Hucklow Primary School is aiming to put music and singing at the heart of our school life. Singing is a great way into music and a great way to lift the spirit.
Children throughout school enjoy class music lessons delivered through the Sheffield Music Hub program Charanga. This teaches children an appreciation of a variety of styles of music and offers the opportunity to learn to sing a song, improvise around it and compose their own pieces of music to fit within the song. In Foundation Stage there is particular emphasis on learning a bank of familiar songs and thinking about the rhythm and beat of the music.
Children also look at other aspects of music through the creative curriculum, learning about famous compositions or styles of music that complement their topic. There are further opportunities to sing in phase singing assemblies which happen every week where children may learn songs based around a theme or songs linked to wider projects with the Sheffield Music Hub.
There are opportunities for performance throughout the year. Each year group is involved in some kind of production with a musical element. KS1 perform our Christmas production and Years 5 and 6 are involved with a Spring singing project with schools throughout the city that will culminate in public performances and a performance in school. Finally Years 3 and 4 put on a Summer Production.
At Hucklow we highly value physical and sports education as a ways of learning about leading healthy lifestyles, the values of cooperation and team play, competition and for enjoyment. Children receive two hours of PE lessons each week, one hour of which is taught by a PE coach.
As a member of the Arches School Sports Partnership, the school receives access to training for staff and city-wide competitions for children as well as a wide range of coached activities during lunchtimes and after school, such as football, dodgeball, multi-sports, cricket, gymnastics and dance.
Across Key Stages 1 & 2, children actively participate and enjoy units such as Invasion, Net & Wall and Striking & Fielding games, as well as areas such as Dance and Gymnastics. This year, children will be able to apply skills taught in their PE sessions, in inter-house competitions.
Children in Years 3 and 4 also attend swimming lessons and are able to develop their confidence, technique and stamina throughout the duration of the unit.
Literacy at Hucklow
At Hucklow we place literacy at the heart of our curriculum. We take every opportunity to ensure our pupils are literate to increase future life chances. There are daily literacy lessons but literacy skills are also developed through all areas of the curriculum. It takes the form of literacy lessons but is also included in all areas of the curriculum. There are three main strands to literacy which are:
1) Reading (including Phonics):
Across the school children have access to a number of reading strategies and opportunities:
1. Individual reading
2. Shared reading
3. Guided reading
4. Reading across the curriculum
5. Independent reading
6. Reading at home
In addition, all children listen to stories being read aloud on a daily basis.
FS2/KS1 – Features of effective practice at Hucklow
1. Fast paced and rigorous teaching of phonics using Letters and Sounds. Pupils are grouped according to ability and each session follows the Hucklow four-part structure.
2. Daily and effective use of formative assessment during reading sessions to ensure teaching is pitched appropriately for children’s understanding and any necessary interventions are put in place quickly and effectively.
3. Each year group aims for children to make expected progress over the year and we accelerate children’s progress in order to narrow and close the gaps. We aim for children to reach the expected standard by the end of Year 2 and some to be working at greater depth.
4. Reading areas are used daily by the children to enjoy quality texts that match their interests.
5. 1:1 reading is provided for targeted children and group guided reading sessions for children who are ready.
6. We use school reading planners to build on Home/School links and partnership. Parents sign and date when their child has read and uses the planner to record any comments.
7. Assessment is completed through the use of Rising Stars and PM benchmarking every half term.
8. Phase training for Teachers and TAs to ensure confidence in the delivery of teaching reading.
KS2 – Features of effective practice at Hucklow
1. Daily guided reading sessions and weekly comprehension sessions. Content domains taught discretely in reading comprehension sessions, building up to children accessing more than one content domain per session.
2. Targeted interventions for children highlighted during pupil progress meetings (Switch on Reading, FFT)
3. Accelerated Reader used in Year 5/6 to accelerate progress.
4. Each year group aims for children to make expected progress over the year and we accelerate children’s progress in order to narrow and close the gaps. We aim for children to reach the expected standard by the end of Year 6 and some to be working at greater depth.
5. A focus on developing understanding in reading in both literal and inferential comprehension.
6. Regular tracking of reading levels using Rising Stars, PM benchmarking and Accelerated Reader.
7. Phase training for Teachers and TAs to ensure confidence in the delivery of teaching reading.
8. We have a strong link with Firth Park Library and children visit the library weekly.
9. All Year 6 children have a staff mentor to discuss their learning with – this is an opportunity for staff to help develop reading each week.
At Hucklow Primary School, we believe phonics is essential to helping children learn to read. Phonics is taught though the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme and follows Hucklow’s 4 part lesson. There are 6 phases that are covered from Foundation Stage to Year 2. Throughout the phases we follow a multisensory approach. The children will have the opportunity to apply their learning through words and simple captions.
At Hucklow our priority is to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary through an immersive learning journey. The journey begins when the children are introduced to a ‘hook’ for learning to inspire their creativity. During lessons children will participate in speaking and listening, reading and drama sessions to support their understanding of stories, genre types and new learning. Each lesson, children will learn new vocabulary, punctuation and grammar skills. Children will learn a set of spellings each week that will be copied into their planners. The teachers at Hucklow plan lessons to promote a love of writing. Pupils are taught to develop stamina and skills to write at length. During the learning journey, pupils will be taught how to edit and improve their work and give constructive feedback to their peers.
3) Speaking and Listening
At Hucklow Primary School we believe that speaking and listening should be at the heart of all learning. In literacy and across the curriculum children are taught to be effective communicators through spoken and written language. Pupils are taught to speak confidently and clearly. Drama and role play are essential key parts within the curriculum.
Foundation Stage/ Key Stage 1
Children learn to speak clearly and how to be a good listeners. They have daily opportunities to work with a talk partner, chat in small groups and join in with whole class discussions. Speaking and listening is supported with the use of talk frames.
Key Stage 2
Building on from Key Stage 1, children continue to develop their skills and have wide opportunities to apply them within a range of contexts and audiences. For example performing poetry, class debates and preparing presentations.
Religious Education (R.E.) is a Core Subject at Hucklow. RE enables children to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views that reflect the school, local and global community. Children will be able to develop their ideas, values and identity and develop understanding of British values of individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of others. Speaking, listening and communication is promoted while children talk about their own beliefs , ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different values, beliefs and ways of life. RE is taught either an hour a week or the equivalent over theme days. Children will evidence their learning in art, writing, photographs, music, technology and speaking and listening. This will be recorded in Proud Folders, books and Class Handbooks.
At Hucklow we actively promote British values to ensure our pupils grow up prepared for life in modern Britain. All of our school community are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views all people living in England are subject to its law.
· Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
· Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
(School Council, class councils, voting systems in assemblies, classrooms and dining hall, having a say in their learning, being part of school evaluation and monitoring systems)
· Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
(Visits from the Police, Fire Service, visit to the Houses of Parliament, Cathedral, Town Hall)
· Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
· Hold debating sessions in KS2 classes to help pupils to express their views and accept views of others
· Restorative Conferencing to model how perceived injustice can be challenged peacefully
· Post Incident Learning to help children learn from their mistakes and make better choices and distinguish between right and wrong
· Core Values that promote Respect, Teamwork, Care, Independence, Self-belief and Aiming high.
(Promoted through assembles, behaviour policy, class discussions, Philosophy for Children)
· Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made and understanding that living under the rule of law protects individuals
(Assemblies, curriculum, visits from the police)
· Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
(Assemblies, Time to Talk sessions, Philosophy for children, curriculum)
· Model freedom of speech through pupil voice and participation in discussions and debates
· Supporting and protecting vulnerable pupils by challenge stereotypes and prejudice
· Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture
(Time to Talk sessions, Philosophy for Children, assemblies, anti-bullying events
E-Safeguarding through school
· Promote respect for individual differences – gender, race, sexual orientation, faith and beliefs and challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
· Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
· Help children to learn to disagree in a respectful way
· Develop critical personal thinking skills
(Assemblies, Philosophy for Children, Time to Talk, debating, class discussions, visits to different places of worship, visitors in school)