Our curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for our pupils:
At Hucklow Primary School, careful analysis and discussion about our pupils backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area.
We firmly believe that focussing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage or 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 out curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensure that our children benefit from the full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play and active part.
We are proud 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 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 what is ion children’s heads and how they feel about themselves so that they feel confident and prepared to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives and appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.
At Hucklow Primary School, we place high priority in ensuring children’s 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 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 full, rich and unique curriculum with its excellent range of experiences ensures that every pupil at Hucklow Primary 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 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 repetition and practice opportunities for knowledge skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order, deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
Our curriculum journey:
Since the introduction of the New Primary National Curriculum 2014, Hucklow Primary School has worked tirelessly to design, create and develop a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. The SLT have worked in collaboration with middle leaders, teachers and support staff to secure improvements in provision. Practitioners at Hucklow Primary School are incredibly reflective and each year evaluate impact, review and improve the curriculum.
2018-19 we plan to move forward in the mastery curriculum continuum.
To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please follow this link to the National Curriculum Website
What we teach…
Early Years and Foundation Stage
Young children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Children in the Foundation Stage work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Learning through play is a crucial part of their development. We provide opportunities for structured play that is supported sensitively by adults.
Key Stage 1
Wherever possible Literacy and Numeracy are linked directly to our learning themes. On a daily basis children are taught Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics and Reading skills. Our classrooms are organised into key areas of learning. Children are then given opportunities to skills, practise, consolidate & extend their learning to be independent & using exciting resources. As Spanish is taught in Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 are taught basic Spanish words e.g. numbers and colours.
Key Stage 2
Our KS2 curriculum has been sensitively structured to allow maximum coverage through themes that naturally link subjects
together. Our curriculum develops an enjoyment of, and commitment to learning. It encourages the best possible progress &
the highest attainment for all our pupils. It builds on their strengths & interests, allowing confidence to grow through working
collaboratively and independently. We want our children to succeed & feel proud of their achievement. We are committed to enriching children’s learning through educational visits, visitors, themed days and enterprise projects.
Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2.
Sport & Physical Education
It is our school policy to encourage all children to: –
- Be physically active and enjoy physical activity.
- Find a sense of achievement and fulfillment from physical activity.
- Develop positive attitudes to exercise such as perseverance, fair play and the ability to cope with success and failure.
- Learn how physical activity affects the body.
- Work as a team.
To achieve this we aim for children to: –
- Be involved in P.E lessons delivered by experienced teachers.
- Learn to swim 25m by the time they are 11.
- Be involved in Sports Day in school and other schools.
- Join after school clubs.
Special Educational Needs
It is our aim to meet the needs of every child in our care. This is usually achieved by good quality classroom teaching and excellent relationships between children and adults within the school. For those children who need additional support,
Our Special Needs Coordinator will organise and monitor an individual educational plan. Parents will be invited in to regular meetings to discuss their child’s progress and review the plan.
How we use computers to support learning
We are able to provide excellent computing facilities using the most up to date hardware and software. We have a dedicated Computing Suite which classes are timetabled to use. Our wireless network allows children safe and secure access to a range of appropriate software. All classrooms have netbooks/laptops, interactive whiteboards, listening stations and digital filming equipment. IPad’s and other technologies are also used throughout our school to enhance learning experiences.
The school subscribes to Education City, which is an educational learning site and can be accessed at home as well as school to support your child’s learning.
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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.