The Curriculum at Hill Farm
We place a strong emphasis on developing the core key skills within English, and Maths, while at the same time providing children with opportunities to be involved in their own learning with plenty of real experiences - promoting a sense of purpose, motivation, enjoyment, enthusiasm and confidence through learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is for children aged from three years until the end of their Reception year in the primary school. This national early years curriculum consists of seven areas of learning which are all interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting our children’s curiosity and love for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are:
Communication and language
Personal, Social and Emotional development.
Within these three areas are four specific areas:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
Every child is seen as a unique individual and we aim to help each child to develop their skills and abilities from the stage they have reached on entry to our school. Staff regularly adapt the curriculum so that if children show a particular interest, the curriculum is adapted to further encourage enjoyment and learning.
The National Curriculum – Year 1 to Year 6
Currently the National Curriculum for children, from Year 1 onwards, consists of nine subjects. The ‘core’ subjects are: English, Maths, Science and non-core subjects Computing (formally ICT (Information and Communication Technology)) and Religious Education. The other foundation subjects are: Art, Music, Geography, History, Design & Technology and Physical Education.
As part of the curriculum, the children are taught for 5 lessons a week Literacy, and Maths. To reinforce their reading skills they also have 5 guided reading sessions a week. The children are taught in mixed ability groups throughout the key stages, except from year 6 where they are taught in ability and parallel groups. However, within classes the curriculum is differentiated to at least three ways. The differentiation and grouping is fluid depending on where children may need additional support or extension work with any given skill or unit of work. The afternoon curriculum is taught on a theme based approach whereby the skills the children learn can be applied to a range of contexts.
Sports and Games are offered as part of our PE curriculum and as extra-curricular activities. Gymnastics, small apparatus skills and team games are also taught. Our school has 2 good-sized halls, a hard play area and a large sports field. We participate fully in inter-school competitions and local events.
Music is enjoyed by everyone at our school. As part of the planned weekly sessions, children experience a wide range of musical styles and instruments.
Religious Education follows the Coventry Agreed Syllabus and involves exploring spiritual concepts through a range of faith traditions rather than teaching children about religious doctrine. There is an assembly with an act of collective worship every day. We recognise that some parents might wish to withdraw their children from lessons and assemblies due to religious beliefs. Any parent who wishes to take this action should make a relevant, written request to the Headteacher.
Sex and Relationships Education will be presented in the context of caring relationships and of respect for others and self. The process of reproduction in animals and plants will feature in Science work undertaken at all stages of children’s schooling. A full version of the Governing Body’s Policy for Sex and Relationships Education is available from the school on request. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships Education provided at school; where any parent chooses to exercise this right, they will be offered information on Sex and Relationships Education for use at home (this will be reviewed next academic year).
Educational visits are planned for all classes to enrich the curriculum and widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. When arrangements are made for children to leave the school site, parents will be given details in advance and asked for their consent if outside the city boundary. Children in Years 1 – 6 take part in an educational visit at least once a half term and the cost of these is heavily subsidised by school.
Children with Specific Needs
We have clear policies detailing ways in which teachers will meet the needs of pupils with specific needs and we draw on external support when required. The teachers constantly monitor the educational, emotional and physical needs of each child. In this way any need experienced by a pupil can be identified and resolved quickly. Teachers’ planning includes lessons and/or extension activities for pupils who are more able.