Our Curriculum Vision
Our curriculum is consistent with the overall vision, intent, values and ethos of the school. It addresses the needs of the children currently attending and builds on the life and educational experiences that they have had to date.
- Convey to all stakeholders how the school vision influenced shaping our intent and implementing the curriculum;
- Ensure that curriculum is delivered systematically and in line with national curriculum and early years guidance;
- Identify the key documents relating to content, progression, planning and assessment;
- Support leaders and classroom-based staff to understand their roles and responsibilities;
- Provide a framework for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing educational provision for all stakeholders;
- Determine how the curriculum will support all learners and needs.
The overarching principle; and our firm belief, at Hillside Infant school is that our curriculum should be ‘practical and purposeful’. By this we mean that the majority of children’s learning experiences and knowledge is gained through exciting, ‘hands on’ and meaningful experiences. We firmly believe that children learn best when knowledge and skills have meaning and connection to their past, present and future, thereby equipping children with the skills that they need now and in the future. This core principle is developed, promoted and embedded at a whole school level with all stake holders.
It is our intention that curriculum delivery must contain experiences that are memorable, relevant and relatable. Children need the rationale for learning new knowledge, skills and information so that they can understand where and when they can apply them. For children to be ‘The best that they can be’, teachers and leaders need to have a clear understanding of children’s starting points and any barriers to learning. We recognise the importance of promoting the development of child’s speaking and listening skills and vocabulary; and this is given priority in all lessons.
Our intent is that the curriculum embodies creative and mastery approach to planning, teaching and learning where the children are excited, actively involved and helped to see links and connections between subject areas. However, we also understand the need and importance for children to understand knowledge connected to specific subjects. Our curriculum is constructed to ensure subject areas promote and reflect cultural diversity and creative development.
We believe it is important the KS1 curriculum builds upon the child centred ethos of the EYFS curriculum. Leaders respond to the changing needs of our school community and in turn our curriculum reflects such changes accordingly.
Our intent of a ‘practical and purposeful’ curriculum is evident throughout our detailed planning and learning experiences. Leaders respond to the changing needs of our school community and in turn our curriculum reflects such changes accordingly.
Our curriculum policies and subject progression grids detail our topics, subject content and explicit teaching examples with relevant language and vocabulary to be taught. These documents guide a programme of learning detailed in weekly plans. Class teachers use the longer term subject progression grids and medium term plans to devise a programme of learning and weekly plans.
- that plans are written for all subjects to ensure coverage of the key learning objectives and skills as outlined in the curriculum and subject progressions
- that planning takes into account the differing needs of pupils, including those with SEND and the more able, and shows how resources and adults will be utilised.
- that we use appropriate resources to interest and challenge the children and mostly foster a curiosity for learning.
- that that we share and develop skills, knowledge and expertise with other colleagues to ensure the children have the best possible learning experiences.
- we actively promote learning opportunities within the local and wider community with a range of workshops, trips and visits.
- that learning should always start with a ‘hook’ to engage and enthuse children.
- at Hillside teachers develop pupils’ independent learning skills and resilience, to equip them for their next stage of education. Our RSE curriculum, social and moral teachings include explicit and implicit reference to our four school values of; Kindness and honesty, Working as a Hillside team, Using good manners and Trying our best every day.
For more information, click on the link to our Curriculum Policy below.