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 British values.
Neuro-science tells us that the young brains seek to create links. Therefore, a key element of our curriculum is centred around whole school thematic learning where children see connections between the subjects. As a whole school, we create yearly ‘Curriculum Grids’ for each class which indicates what themes and foundation subjects are to be taught in each term. This also allows us to ensure that in ‘mixed-age classes’, all children are accessing the appropriate curriculum, knowledge and skills. We review our long-term plan on an annual basis. Our strategies will also promote the use of high-quality children’s literature because a passion for reading can provide knowledge whilst creating a sense of curiosity, spirituality and love of language. To complement this work, we will also equip the children with a vocabulary that strengthens their own power of verbal and written communication. Key vocabulary is shared with children through our half-termly ‘Knowledge Organisers’. Our curriculum recognises that stimulating the senses can also be a vehicle to enrich language use and boost learning. To augment this belief, we will use the school grounds and immediate locality as a powerful teaching resource for all curricular subjects.
The National Curriculum will underpin our work. Each class creates ‘Curriculum Intent Maps’ that identify The National Curriculum Objectives and Foundation Subject Skills to be covered during the term. Each class keeps a record of taught skills by highlighting or dating on the ‘Skills Progression Sheets’ – this will inform Subject Leaders and ensure consistent coverage. Skills are taught progressively across classes, leading to knowledge building over time. 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.
Planning systems, assessment strategies and learning environments will ensure that all subjects are valued and teaching strategies promote continuity and progression. Subject leaders will provide support for classroom professionals.
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.
MIXED AGE CLASSES
Several studies have found that mixed-age classrooms improve personal and social development. Pupils learn to work with a wide age span. Cooperative learning and peer learning can help sharpen social skills. Furthermore, independent work habits as well as greater feelings of responsibility and self-esteem are developed. By developing a thematic approach to learning within our school, we allow pupils to share their ‘learning journey’ as a whole school and with their year group peers, yet be taught the age appropriate curriculum knowledge and skills without (where possible) repeating subject foci.
CURRICULUM VISION & OVERVIEW
Our themes for 2023 – 2024 are outlined below – each theme covers a half term block and so there will be 6 themes over the full academic year.
Each theme will begin with a title, question or a statement. We want the children through these broad theme headings to explore a key area of the curriculum and complement it with other subjects that will easily link and enhance the learning experience. Through theme the children will have a sequenced set of skills, a breadth of knowledge and through an enquiry led curriculum they can make meaningful connections.
Theme 1 – Autumn Term 1 2023 – We are Explorers…
This theme has a geography focus.
Theme 2 – Autumn Term 2 2023 – We are Historians…
This theme has a history focus.
Theme 3 – Spring Term 3 2024 – We are Scientists…
This theme has a science focus.
Theme 4 – Spring Term 4 2023 – We are Investigators…
This theme has a science and technology focus.
Theme 5 – Summer Term 5 2023 – We are Global Environmentalists…
This theme has a geography and environmental focus.
Theme 6 – Spring Term 2024 6 – We are British Influencers…
This theme has a British history focus.
For a full version of the HGPS Curriculum Policy, please see our downloads.