We have designed a broad and creative curriculum to inspire the children within our care and to motivate them to be the best they can be.
At Haresfield C of E Primary School we provide a curriculum combining high standards with exciting, fun and stimulating learning opportunities. This prepares our children for future education and gives them the skills and enthusiasm to pursue learning for the rest of their lives. The staff have worked together to design a curriculum that meets the specific needs of the children within our school, taking into account the remarkable history from our local area, the context of our farming community and the colourful tapestry of our physical environment.
We teach a creative, skills based curriculum meaning that areas of different subjects are linked together into topics. Children in each class will study three different topics in a year. We have planned for progression and challenge, ensuring that children develop their skills in each subject as they move through the school. By teaching in this way children have a chance to really get involved in their learning, developing their skills and knowledge in each subject in a meaningful way. Children learn maths and English skills in their discrete subject lessons which are linked to the topic where appropriate. We also build in as many opportunities as we can for children to practise and apply these skills within other subjects through their topic lessons.
All learning is planned from the 2014 National Curriculum, children in Reception Class follow the Foundation Stage Programme, children in Years 1 and 2 follow the Key Stage 1 programme of study and those in Years 3 to 6 follow those for Key Stage 2. The core subjects of English, Maths, Computing and Science are taught in each class alongside the foundation subjects of Art and Design, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education. Additionally, we follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Years 3 to 6 learn French. To see the breakdown of how each subject is covered through all our topics please see the Curriculum Coverage page and each class page for the topic overview and the links to the national curriculum..
We try to give our children as many opportunities to discover and experience for themselves in hands on learning opportunities so we provide a variety of special events in each topic to supplement classroom lessons. These activities vary from topic to topic but include trips and visitors into school as well as getting out and about in our school grounds or the woodland classroom. As much as possible we also bring classroom lessons alive with real and imaginary experiences, or the use of quality texts, which excite and enthuse the children giving them a purpose for their learning.
Children at Haresfield School have a good grounding in all subjects but we know there is more to an effective education than just this which is why we also prioritise our PSHE/SMSC provision. All classes follow our own curriculum, based around Gloucestershire’s PinK Curriculum and drawing upon other schemes and programmes such as SEAL. Further to this, in Key Stage 2 children complete a ‘Life Skills Passport’ with activities such as first aid and cycling proficiency that are extra to the statutory National Curriculum as well as activities that fall into other curriculum areas, for example cooking a healthy meal and Internet Safety. It is our aim to ensure that children leave us with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their next steps in both education and life.
The new curriculum and assessment
Thank you to all parents who came to visit the school for the open afternoon on the new curriculum and assessment without levels. The children very much enjoyed sharing their work with you.
Please find the presentation from the afternoon here.
New Curriculum Assessment without levels-
If you have any questions please feel free to come in and ask.
To find more information on Maths, Reading or Writing please visit our subject area pages.