At Hazel Grove Primary School, we strongly believe that it is our responsibility to prepare our pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them become successful, happy and confident learners and citizens; we aim to inspire our pupils so that they believe that they can achieve.
The Hazel Grove Primary Curriculum reflects our school context and values and is intended to: recognise and build on children’s previous learning; embed key knowledge; allow children to practise and develop a range of skills; be creative and instil a sense of self-belief, encouraging them to challenge themselves and each other.
Through a variety of learning experiences, we aim to provide opportunities for the pupils to develop independence, resilience and to work within a culture that embraces challenge for all. We believe children need to be fully engaged in the learning process so we provide an exciting curriculum based on first hand learning experiences. We are preparing children for the world we know and the world yet to be discovered by:
Every child in our school is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and
welcome differences within our school community. As part of our school curriculum,
we have identified four values – elements that are integral to our school ethos and
prepare children for the world we know and a world yet to be discovered. These are:
We teach our children how to safeguard themselves through our PSHE curriculum,
and have linked the PREVENT agenda to our curriculum to enable our children to
make informed choices around how to be a good citizen and demonstrate good
1. As a whole school, we create yearly ‘Curriculum Grids’ for each year group. This indicates what topics and foundation subjects are to be taught in each term. We review our long-term plan on an annual basis.
2. As a year group, we create ‘Curriculum Intent Maps’ that identify The National Curriculum Objectives and Foundation Subject Skills to be covered during the term. Each year group keeps a record of taught skills by highlighting or dating on the ‘Skills Progression Sheets’ – this will inform Subject Leaders and ensure consistent coverage.
3. Each class teacher, develops a topic enquiry that allows for development and use of these skills – this could be an open-ended question or investigation to ignite the children’s curiosity. Skills are taught progressively across year groups leading to knowledge building over time and recorded on the ‘Skills Progression Sheets’. The learning activities and experiences that take place during the topic, should be underpinned by the use of these Subject Skills and our Core Values, with opportunities for cross curricular learning.
Key concepts are revisited through a progressive curriculum approach. All subjects develop vocabulary, speech and language skills. Subject leaders ensure standards across the whole curriculum demonstrate high expectations for all.
Learning is always based on building on prior knowledge whilst working towards clearly defined end points.
Learning is purposeful, exciting and topic based. The community and wider area surrounding Hazel Grove is important, and is reflected in outcomes and opportunities we provide for the children such as: trips, school events involving parents, assemblies and fundraising events.
Some of this learning may not be evidenced in and instead, found virtually on Class Dojo, the school website or as multimedia saved on the Staff Network.
Trips booked for the children will be of high quality. The intention of such trips is to provide the children with cultural capital and to give them experiences that enhance their learning.
4. The impact of the school’s curriculum can be seen in the books they produce and the outcomes for all groups of pupils within the school. Everything we do is with the child at mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.
Pupils’ progress is measured through ongoing assessment and through three key assessment points during the year. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning are identified to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.
For a full version of the HGPS Curriculum Policy, please see our downloads.