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Curriculum

Intent 

At Hallam Primary School, we have designed our curriculum with the intent that our children will become, resilient, independent, well rounded learners that will have the building blocks to become successful, moral adults, live healthy lifestyles, and take opportunities beyond their horizons.  

We will deliver a curriculum that: 

  • Inspires creative learning through excellent teaching practices that build on prior learning and allow for repetition and progression of skills that build upon high starting points. 

  • Our curriculum embraces the community in which it is situated, recognising local history, heritage, geographical and business links and most importantly, the aspirations of all our children.  

  • Is inclusive, develops self-confidence and identifies that all our children are unique and recognises their potential. 

  • Encourages our children to be self-motivated, independent and resilient by developing inquiry-based skills that allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.  

  • Challenges our children to achieve success in and out of the classroom and use outdoor provision to enrich the curriculum.  

  • Creates caring, confident and curious children who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. 

  • Promotes an equal value on their physical and mental well-being and ensures they are prepared for life in modern Britain. 

 

Implementation 

The curriculum is led and overseen by the curriculum lead. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice contributes to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve further.  The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.  

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows: 

  • A blocked curriculum approach which has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in all subject areas. 

  • A curriculum map that groups subjects per term to allow for the sequencing of prior learning and the fluent development of new skills, which are repeated within the year and year on year. 

  • Topics that are creative, fun and engaging but teach the skills of each subject discretely within them. 

  • Children are taught the sequence of skills and knowledge that are the components to a composite outcome.  

  • Lessons will develop long term memory by allowing for repetition of learning within the year and year on year.  

  • A teaching sequence that immerses the children with a ‘hook’, builds knowledge and skills and concludes with a reflection that can be showcased to an audience.  

  • Teachers plan to make use of the outdoors as often as possible to make teaching engaging, varied and memorable. This will include ‘The Daily Mile’ 3 x a week.  

  • Well-being, SMSC and RSE and P4C are threaded through the curriculum.  

  • There is discrete teaching of MFL, R.E, ICT and P.E. 

In addition: 

  • All subject leaders are given training and the opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. 

  • Assessment of the wider curriculum will be in line with the whole school feedback policy. 

  • Low stakes testing of each subject will allow for long term memory development and secure understanding of skills. 

  • Teachers will assess progress and attainment of wider curricular subjects. 

 

Impact 

  • Opportunities for all children to collaborate and develop social skills both indoors and out. 

  • This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes. 

  • Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour.  

  • The children will become resilient and accept when things don’t go right.  

  • Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose. 

  • Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools.  

  • Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners. 

Staff go to great lengths to prepare their classrooms to reflect the topic that is being taught that half term and will have an inspiring learning wall that reflects the children’s progress. 

 

The curriculum is enriched with a variety of music and P.E opportunities; the Y4s each have a term of swimming lessons; there is the weekly cross country club (which competes across Sheffield); we have specialist P.E instructors that come to teach, rugby, badminton and dance; there is our popular after school choir and Y5s are having a term of percussion lessons from the Sheffield Music Services.

 

For further information on our curriculum, please contact our Curriculum Leader, Mrs Mohammed or any member of the senior Leadership Team. .

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