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Curriculum

Welcome to our Curriculum Page.

 

In this section of our website, you will find our curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact for all pupils at our school.  As well as showing our curriculum manuals for each subject, which shows how we implement the curriculum, both vertically and horizontally, this page should provide a robust guide to all teachers, teaching assistants, pupils, parents, governors, peer reviewers and inspectors on what we do not only every day, but every term and indeed, every year.

 

Our teachers work hard to ensure the curriculum is as stimulating and exciting as possible, so that the children enjoy learning and are inspired to become lifelong learners. We have many links with the local area as we are lucky enough to have a wealth of resources right on our doorstep and we therefore plan to continue taking the children on as many trips out of school as possible, to excite and interest them in their learning and to create a real life context to learning.

 

Our aim is to deliver the school curriculum in both a discrete and cross-curricular way. Within each ‘topic’, maximum opportunity will be taken to integrate cross-curricular links, with English, Maths and Science at the core. Our curriculum has been designed carefully so that the learning intent and implementation is strategically sequenced ensuring that pupils can experience a deeper level of knowledge and experience.

 

Hawthorn Tree School embraces children as individuals. By recognising and valuing children’s particular strengths and talents, we seek to encourage their full potential. We work hard to celebrate all successes, whenever and wherever they occur, no matter how big or small. Children are encouraged to become well-rounded and sociable. It is important to us that our children believe in themselves and are both confident and resilient. We draw upon our well-established local and school community, to enrich the curriculum and promote mutual respect and a strong moral ethos in every child.

Intent

Our curriculum is intended to serve the needs of our children and community and ensure our children are able to reach their full potential socially, emotionally and educationally. We aim for our motto, 'where everybody is somebody' to permeate through the school.

 

Our school sits within a geographical area ranked within the 30% most deprived areas of the UK. 25% of our children have access to pupil premium, 30% have English as an additional language, 16% have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, including 3.2% have an EHCP. 11% of our children receive support from either; counselling, mentoring, social care, or well-being. These figures fluctuate over the years. Therefore, our curriculum is tailored to meet the varied needs of our children; a personalised approach. Although this is complex and poses challenges, we have a superbly caring, dedicated and committed team to plan, deliver and assess our curriculum whilst ensuring the well-being of our children and staff.

 

We desire our children to believe in themselves and have an enjoyment for learning and have high aspirations for their journey through primary school and into the future. We want our children to develop resilience through a curriculum which embeds knowledge, skills and generates connections with the areas of study, at school, in their local area, nationally and in the world; guaranteeing our children develop a greater cultural capital.

 

Implementation

Hawthorn Tree School embraces children as individuals. By recognising and valuing children's particular strengths and talents, we seek to encourage their full potential. We work hard to celebrate all successes, whenever and wherever they occur, no matter how big or small. Children are encouraged to become well-rounded and sociable individuals. It is important to us that our children believe in themselves and are both confident and resilient. We draw upon our well-established local and school community, to enrich the curriculum and promote mutual respect and a strong moral ethos in every child.

 

Our teachers work hard to ensure the curriculum is as stimulating and exciting as possible, so that the children enjoy learning and are inspired to become lifelong learners. We have many links with the local area as we are lucky enough to have a wealth of resources right on our doorstep and we therefore plan to continue taking the children on as many trips out of school as possible, themed days and visitors to school, to excite and interest them in their learning and to create a real-life context to learning.

 

Our broad and balanced curriculum has been designed by leaders and teachers. The curriculum ensures progression in each subject and this means when a child moves to the next year group, they are building on their previous knowledge and skills. Its intentions are to ensure there are no gaps in learning. This is the vertical progression of our curriculum. Whilst this is pivotal, it is important that the children make relevant connections between the subjects, this is the horizontal curriculum and this enables the curriculum to inspire curiosity and interest and make connections with the world they live in.

 

Our aim is to deliver the school curriculum in both a subject discrete and cross-curricular way. Within each 'topic', maximum opportunity will be taken to integrate cross-curricular links, with English, Maths and Science at the core. Our curriculum has been designed carefully so that the learning intent and implementation are strategically sequenced ensuring that pupils can experience a deeper level of knowledge and experience.

 

Vocabulary is taught, explained and revised in order to ensure our children are not deprived of language. This enables them to develop their knowledge an access to new knowledge whatever their ability. The approaches to teaching vocabulary and spaced learning are influenced by educational research. In order to enhance learning further and develop a greater cultural capital through offering significant learning experiences such as visits, residentials, and specialist visitors to the school which complement, embed and extend learning. Our curriculum has been planned carefully to incorporate kinaesthetic experiences which provide pupils with memorable learning.

 

Formative assessment is intrinsic to the planning and teaching of effective lessons as part of assessment for learning, including the use of spaced learning approaches. We 'summatively' assess our children three times a year and track their standardised scores. Gaps in learning are identified and provision is put in place, monitored and reassessed frequently until children have become secure in the areas identified.

 

Impact

Our aim is to ensure children have developed a desire to learn, they have mastered core skills and are proud of their outcomes in a range of ways, be it scores, their writing, mathematical skills, their art work, music composed or competition they have won.

 

We aim for an increased number of our children to be at the expected or greater standard each year. In 2019 we achieved 65% Reading, Writing and Maths combined at Key Stage 2.

 

Between 2017-2019, the combined reading, writing and Mathematics figures at KS2 increased by 20%. Year on year our intention is to ensure all children leave our school knowing, 'Everybody is somebody' and each children can reach their full potential.

 

This is our promise to our children, our community, 'Where everybody is somebody.'

Please click on the pdf's below to look at either the snapshot or full version of our curriculum

If you require further information regarding the Curriculum we teach, please see your child's class teacher.
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