Our School Curriculum
Our curriculum is broad and rich and goes beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. We try to make children’s learning exciting, fun, meaningful and challenging.
We have designed our curriculum so that pupils develop their knowledge and skills in each of the National Curriculum subjects.
We aim for our pupils to make progress by moving through a carefully sequenced body of skills and essential knowledge that build on what has been taught before.
Our lessons immerse pupils in meaningful learning opportunities ensuring they thrive throughout their time at school, whilst preparing them for an ever-changing world. Activities are designed to engage, motivate and inspire all pupils to reach their full potential. We teach our pupils fundamental skills such as teamwork and resilience, whilst enabling them to complete learning of which they are truly proud.
Reception (EYFS) Curriculum
Pupils in the Reception class follow the Early Years Foundations Stage curriculum. We are passionate about providing enabling environments within our classrooms that allow our children to become independent learners during their time with us, preparing them for the rest of their school lives. We aim to ensure children learn, develop and grow in a safe, creative and purposeful way while building relationships, growing in confidence, making friends and having lots and lots of fun!
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Fundamental to our Reception curriculum is the teaching and learning of early literacy and maths. Being proficient in the basics plays a huge part in a child's progress as they move through the school. As such, we place high emphasis on ensuring our teaching of reading, writing and maths means that children are ready for the next stage of their education at the end of Reception.
Keystage 1 & Keystage 2 Curriculum - Years 1-6
At Hinchley Wood Primary School, we teach English through the Power of Reading. This is a programme provided by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) which puts quality children’s literature at the heart of the curriculum and supports our work in teaching literacy creatively and effectively. The Power of Reading’s immersive approach provides pupils with a wide range of learning opportunities to develop and enrich their understanding of what they read. This includes booktalk, debate, reading journals, role play and drama, use of visual images and story mapping. We carefully plan sequenced lessons which enable children to develop their writing skills through a range of varied and purposeful activities. Children have the opportunity to plan, draft and improve theirs and others’ work. Through this process we teach grammar terminology, appropriate to each year group, and provide opportunities for children to apply their knowledge in their own writing.
We aim to promote Mathematics as a useful tool for everyday life. It is important for tackling important tasks and real life problems. Mathematics is given a high profile; children are encouraged to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically, solve problems and recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Mathematics is taught daily in all year groups using concrete and visual resources to ensure a deep understanding of concepts for all children. Children are encouraged to record and explain their work in a variety of ways, which clarifies their thinking. Our aim is to support children to develop a deep understanding of number and calculation to enable them to enjoy and become confident in mathematics.
Children are taught the relationship between spoken language and written words through a high quality programme called Sounds-Write to support their daily phonics lessons. Sounds-Write is effective in teaching pupils to read, spell and write because it starts from what all children know from a very early age – the sounds of their own language. From there, teachers plan carefully sequenced, incremental steps and teach them how each of the sounds in the English language can be spelt.
In keeping with the expectations of the National Curriculum 2014, our writing provision is focussed on two key areas: Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) and Transcription (spelling and handwriting) Children are given many ideas to develop their writing skills across the curriculum, giving due emphasis to presentation, grammar, handwriting and spelling in all subject areas.
The National Curriculum places strong emphasis on the development of experimental and investigative science (scientific enquiry). It also provides children with knowledge and understanding of topics such as 'Life Processes and Living Things', 'Materials and their Properties', 'Physical Processes', and 'The Earth in Space'. Our curriculum is organised into topics that year by year build on children's prior knowledge and skills. They are taught the skills of prediction, testing results, measuring and recording accurately and explaining what they have discovered. We aim to ensure that, through Science, pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding of the natural and physical world and the creatures and plants that inhabit it.
Physical Education (PE)
We provide a combination of experiences that enable our pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of physical contexts whilst valuing the contribution that exercise makes to a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the school children have the opportunity to take part in orienteering activities. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 learn a range of skills through the activities of dance, gymnastics and games. In Key Stage 2, the children also receive lessons in Athletics and Outdoor and Adventurous activities. Swimming is taught to children in Year 3 and children also take part in cycle training in Key stage 2.
Music Education enables children to acquire the skills and musical understanding necessary to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings through the medium of music. Music is incorporated into class learning on a regular basis throughout the school. Currently years 1-3 have music lessons delivered by specialist music teachers from Hinchley Wood School.
We also teach our pupils Art & Design, Religious Education, Relationships Education, Geography, History, French, Computing & Design Technology. More information about these can be found in our prospectus and in the attached documents below.