In September 2014 schools teaching KS1 and KS 2 pupils took on a new Primary National Curriculum. The government wanted to provide schools with a slimmed down curriculum that ensure that the core principles were outlined, whilst giving teachers more freedom with the breadth of the content. This is particularly the case in the foundation subjects where key principles have been shared but the ‘topics’ for driving this can be wide ranging.
The new Maths and English curriculums are aimed at further raising standards nationally and many objectives have been moved into lower year groups as children are expected to grasp key skills more quickly.
After a lot of hard work, the planning for the new curriculum is fully embedded at Hiltingbury Junior. However, teachers are always making tweaks and small revisions to what is planned to make teaching relevant and interesting for the children.
As well as seeking to ensure that we meet all statutory requirements, we also want to make sure that we fulfil our vision of an outstanding curriculum.
Our curriculum will:
Be relevant to the needs of our children and the current issues they are considering
Wherever possible be led by the children
Will promote the core skills of Maths, English and Communication across the school day
Take a cross-curricular approach to make meaningful links between subject areas
Will promote the skills of learning and will involve children in assessment of their learning
Inspire through creative hooks and meaningful outcomes for real audiences
Incorporate visits and visitors to enhance learning
Be personalised for the learning needs of each pupil
Make use of the expertise we have in the school community
Make use of the physical resources we have in school, such as ICT and the school grounds
Each year team produces a termly curriculum overview which can be downloaded below. These are posted on the website just before the term starts so that the curriculum information is as accurate as possible. For information about a future term please have a look at the previous year. This will give an IDEA of what will be covered. Alternatively, please come in to the school office and ask for Jon Clark, the Head of School, to find out more.