Curriculum

Haslingfield School’s Creative Curriculum

Haslingfield School have sort to offer children a wide range of experiences that develop their physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; children have these opportunities through the development of our creative curriculum, also initiatives associated with local and national award schemes.

At Haslingfield School we study topics and themes associated with the ideas and interests of teachers and children. Our creative curriculum makes connections between different subjects and provides broad and balanced learning opportunities.

These ever-evolving units are continually adapted and improved through careful evaluation and feedback. We believe our creative curriculum is the key to accelerated learning in all of the core curriculum areas.

Curriculum days are sometimes a feature of the children’s learning; condensing the delivery of curriculum content to free up time for exciting alternative learning experiences.

Teachers have the expertise and freedom to be flexible and extend the learning in exciting and new ways.

A list of topics for each class over the year is available on our School website.  

The policy specifies the minimum number of teaching hours per subject over the course of the year.

When developing our creative curriculum our School leaders and class teachers:

  • Enable pupils and staff to nurture their own creativity
  • Create a culture of collaboration
  • Emphasise cognitive approaches
  • Make a real commitment to the community
  • Balance continuity and change
  • Promote child-centredness
  • Consider the order in which certain concepts are taught and the time allocated to each curriculum subject
  • Maintain a continued short, medium and long term ‘review and plan’ cycle in light of the National Curriculum Areas of Study.

Alongside our curriculum we offer a broad range of learning opportunities through clubs and individual music lessons: we facilitate approximately thirty club sessions each week and fifty individual or small group music lessons. 

 

Termly Class Curriculum Plans

Please click the links below to find out the curriculum for each class this term.

Year 2017 - 18

Autumn 2017

Ash Class - Reception                               

 Birch Class - Year 1                                  

Hazel Class - Year 2                                 

Hawthorn Class - Year 3 and 4                 

 Oak Class - Years 4 and 5                       

 Beech Class - Years 5 and 6                    

 

Year 2016 - 17

Autumn 2016                                                Spring 2017                                                Summer 2017

Ash Class - Reception                              Ash Class - Reception                                 Ash Class - Reception 

 Birch Class - Year 1                                   Birch Class - Year 1                                       Birch Class - Year 1

Hazel Class - Year 2                                  Hazel Class - Year 2                                      Hazel Class - Year 2

Hawthorn Class - Year 3 and 4               Hawthorn Class - Year 3 and 4                   Hawthorn Class - Year 3 and 4

 Oak Class - Years 4 and 5                       Oak Class - Years 4 and 5                            Oak Class - Years 4 and 5

 Beech Class - Years 5 and 6                   Beech Class - Years 5 and 6                       Beech Class - Years 5 and 6

                                                                   

                                                                    

National Curriculum

Please click on this link for the New Curriculum Guide for Parents

Curriculum

Areas of study form the basis for our work in school. They combine work in basic skills with opportunities for in-depth studies through the use of local resources. This local experience is often extended by visits to places further afield. The whole concept of the areas of study approach to learning is based upon how children learn - by experiencing, by doing, by involving all their senses.

An area of study may be short term (a few weeks) or long term (a whole term). The subject content will be drawn from the National Curriculum Programme of Study and could be cross-curricular or a single subject area (e.g. History, Geography, Science or Technology).

The school has a strong vision for providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum of which SMSC is exceptionally well incorporated as is the School's provision for extra curricula activities and clubs.

Spanish is taught is taught to KS1 and KS2.

The Long term curriculum plans Part A here and Part B here

 

Core Curriculum

ENGLISH
English is given a high priority in all that we do. Reading is one of a number of language activities, and we consider its mastery at a reasonably early stage in the education process to be vital. Phonics, graphics and whole-word recognition strategies are taught.
The link that English has with all the other areas of the curriculum allows for real experiences to be written about and for children to express themselves through imagination and the spoken word.
Neat, legible, joined up writing is encouraged from the early years onwards.

For more information please see the Literacy and Phonics tab.

MATHEMATICS
The National Numeracy Strategy is successfully used throughout the school. Emphasis is placed on formal mathematics, mental strategies and practical mathematics activities.
Using mathematics in everyday life is all-important and parents are encouraged to help their children at home.

For more information please see the Mathematics tab.

SCIENCE
To encourage scientific thinking children regularly test ideas, observe, experiment, record, analyse and make predictions.

Areas of study include life processes, physical processes, forces and motion, materials and their properties.

COMPUTING
Age specific computer skills are taught throughout the school. The children learn how computing can be used to communicate and handle information; they will also learn how it can control and monitor events. Computers, Interactive White-boards and iPads are used to support all areas of the curriculum.

 

Learning in the Foundation Stage

 

There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development.

Children are also supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others and to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. Children will develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (story books, information books poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.