At Hucklow Primary School, careful analysis and discussion about our pupil’s backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area ensuring that we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our children.
We firmly believe that focusing on the following key priorities, our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future
Equality – we aim to provide experiences to enable our children to reach their full potential without prejudice or discrimination
Global Citizenship – we aim to provide experiences which teach our children to be responsible citizens both locally and globally in the 21st century
We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a broad, well balanced, and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our school values and ensure that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities during their time at Hucklow. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community, encouraging children to show pride in themselves as individuals. Our children are able to demonstrate their British values and are proud of the diverse society to which they belong and play an active part.
We are determined to ensure that our curriculum gives our children the skills of resilience, reciprocity, reflection and resourcefulness and able to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work hard towards their goals and aspirations.
Our Core Values
At Hucklow, we teach children valuable life skills through our six core values. These are a main focus of our weekly assemblies and classroom learning is also linked to these values.
Our Core values are:
- Aim high
Our curriculum provides appropriate balance
At Hucklow Primary School, it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum, we can impact on how children feel about themselves and the world around them, so that they can feel confident and prepared to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed, organised, and planned our curriculum to ensure that every child receives an appropriate mix of academic learning and personal development enhancements, which result in our curriculum demonstrating the equal importance of core and foundation subjects.
At Hucklow, we place high priority on ensuring that children’s needs linked to their physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure. Therefore, we carefully design the curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues that may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and as important as academic development.
We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed in the next stage of their education.
Our broad and rich curriculum with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at our school makes excellent progress both academically and personally.
Our curriculum is organised for depth of learning
At Hucklow Primary School, our definition of progress is: ‘the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours’.
We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure our children are not merely covering content, but are achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for the repetition, practise and application of knowledge and skills in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit prior learning and make links in their learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order, deeper level of understanding, rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
Our curriculum organisation
Since the introduction of the New Primary National Curriculum 2014, we have worked to design, create and develop a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. Our Senior Leadership Team have worked in collaboration with middle leaders, teachers and support staff to secure improvements in provision.
Learning is organised into three themes for each year group, each lasting a full school term, with the exception of foundation stage, which has six half termly themes. Each theme is introduced through a broad philosophical question that enables children to see links between the different areas of the curriculum whilst developing a wider understanding of their place in the world. Learning builds towards a final outcome at the end of each term, in which children have a chance to showcase their learning in as authentic a way as possible.
Through each theme, children have many enrichment opportunities such as half termly visits and visitors to school that provide excitement and a real sense of purpose for their learning. Children then learn and develop the necessary skills and knowledge relevant to them in order to answer the big question and prepare their outcome. This enables children to lead their own learning, experience the wider world and develop skills needed in later life.
Each term has one or more ‘driver subject’ to ensure that coverage of all subjects across the year is well balanced. Our current subject drivers are: geography and art (Autumn term), science (Spring term) and history (Summer term). Most of the coverage for these subjects is taught during these terms, with the exception of science and art, which are taught throughout the year. Other foundation subjects which are not theme drivers are also taught throughout the year and are linked to the theme where appropriate.
Each subject has the following documentation which are used to explain and clarify our curriculum intent:
- an intent statement which explains what we intend for our pupils to learn in each year group and how learning progresses over time
- a knowledge and skills progression document which includes the coverage from the National Curriculum, the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that we teach in each year group
We use the curriculum documents to create theme specific overviews which detail the knowledge and skills that will be taught within each theme and knowledge organisers, which set out the key knowledge and vocabulary that we intend for pupils to learn by the end of each theme.
For some subjects, we use a good quality, comprehensive scheme to ensure that knowledge and skills are well planned and organised, and we choose these carefully to ensure that they meet the needs of our children, making appropriate adaptations where necessary. The following subjects use schemes to support high quality teaching: computing (Sheffield Computing Scheme), R.E (Sheffield Agreed Syllabus), music (Charanga) and PSHE (Jigsaw Curriculum).
Core subjects (English, maths and science) are linked to our themes where appropriate to allow children to make links in different areas of their learning and to give opportunities to apply their skills in different contexts.
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.
Spring Term Homework Activities
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 we aim for every child to be confident and capable mathematicians. Our children, from Foundation 2 to Year 6, are taught maths from the ‘White Rose’ maths curriculum.
Throughout this scheme, they will be taught a wide range of strategies to solve mathematical problems, using many different manipulatives (practical resources) to support this. This year, we are having a focus on the recall of multiplication and division facts. Ask your child’s class teacher for ways you could help them with these facts at home.
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Computing and Online Safety
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 Online Safety 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.
Online Safety is also an important part of our Computing curriculum at Hucklow. All staff are trained to follow our Online Safety policy and Online Safety 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.
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
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.