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Curriculum
There are three main stages that children pass through in our school:

  • Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception 
  • Key Stage 1:    Years 1 & 2
  • Key Stage 2:    Years  3 - 6

Our school provides a varied and balanced curriculum which is in line with the new 2014 National Curriculum.The curriculum that was introduced in September 2014 is geared to children all working at a particular stage for their year group. For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than with the new curriculum. This was introduced to some year groups from September 2014 and to all from September 2015.

All of our topics throughout the year groups are based on the new 2014 National Curriculum. We have planned a rolling two-year program to cover all of the new objectives and ensure coverage of all areas in our mixed age range classes.   All children follow programmes of study in : Maths, English, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art, Physical Education and French( Years 3-6). 

All pupils enjoy access to a wide range of educational experiences in order to develop emotionally, intellectually, socially, spiritually and physically to their full potential. As a school we are always striving to help every child attain the highest standards in all areas of school life. 

Assessment and reporting to parents 

There will still be testing at the end of the Key Stages in Year 2 and Year 6. Where previously these tests – and other teacher assessments – were graded in levels (normally numbered between Level 1 and Level 6 in primary school), from 2016 the tests will be reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level for each age group. 

During the year we will be reporting to parents in written and verbal form as to the progress children are making and their attitude to learning. 

We will at the end of the year be reporting to parents their progress and attitude and whether children are working below, at or above the expected standard for their Year Group. Parents of children in Years 2 and 6 will be told of their child is working below,at or above national standards for their age. 

Please click your preferred year group to access the information currciulum booklets

Subjects

ENGLISH

Competence in English is essential for a child to succeed in school.  We aim to provide children with skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, to enable them to achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Phonics is taught daily in Foundation Stage and K.S.1 through the Letter and Sounds Scheme.

 We are keen to develop an appreciation of language through speaking, listening, reading, writing and drama. These skills are extended through a range of activities in English and other subjects in the curriculum.  The children will read a range of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. We have a variety of reading schemes which are used in school. These include Oxford Reading Tree and Oxford Owls. Handwriting is taught formally, providing children with the ability to present work to a high standard.

MATHS

Maths lessons are based on a mixture of practical experiences and formal written work, in accordance with the National Numeracy Strategy.  This mixture allows children to get a firm grasp of the underlying structures of mathematics, as well as developing their strategies for approaching mathematics. By linking our studies to everyday situations, wherever possible, the children are increasing their understanding of the subject, skills to solve problems and knowledge in all areas of mathematics.

SCIENCE

Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them.  We aim to give them the skills and knowledge they will need to explore and make sense of this world.  Our detailed scheme of work provides for the progressive development of skills and knowledge throughout the school.  It also ensures that the whole of the Science element of the National Curriculum is effectively covered.  Children are given every opportunity to experience for themselves the excitement of scientific discovery.  They do this through practical activities.  This practical approach to the teaching of Science provides the children with a firm foundation of scientific concepts on which they can build in the future.

COMPUTING

We believe that computing skills should be taught as a separate subject.  We also believe ICT should be taught, developed and reinforced through other subject areas.  This combined approach allows children the opportunity to practice and refine skills throughout their years at Hugo Meynell, building on the most important quality of ICT confidence.  We aim to show ICT relevance to our children everyday lives through planned access to all areas of ICT, including a range of software, the internet, e-mail and digital cameras.  We take the safety of children using the Internet seriously and all computers are monitored in order that only sites are accessed

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education is based on the Staffordshire Religious Education Agreed Syllabus.  The emphasis is placed on Christianity but other religions, their beliefs and practices are also studied.  Children are encouraged to explore personal ideas and values, and to reflect on their own attitudes and emotions.  Acts of worship takes place during the week.  If, for any reason, parents wish to withdraw their child from an R. E. lesson or an act of worship, they should contact the Headteacher and alternative arrangements will be made.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

The children are given the opportunity to use a wide variety of tools and materials.  They design, manufacture, test and evaluate their own products with the emphasis on problem solving and developing their own ideas.  The areas covered include work with wood, textiles, graphics and construction kits.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

In History and Geography we aim to develop a child’s interest in his/her surroundings and the wider world and to encourage a curiosity about events and people from the past.  This is achieved, where possible, with a hands on approach, through field trips, residential visits, the use of role play, and visitors to school who share their enthusiasms and skills.

ART

Each child is encouraged to produce a high standard of work for personal development. All children are taught different techniques using a wide variety of materials. During their time at school children we learn about the work of different artists. On a regular basis work will be displayed within the school and community.

MUSIC

All children are regularly encouraged both to make their own music and to enjoy and appreciate that of other individuals, communities and cultures.  The school also encourages children to learn to play a musical instrument.  A variety of instrument tuition is offered by peripatetic teachers who visit the school.  Parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of these lessons.  All children in Reception start to play the recorder and this is continued throughout the school. Opportunities are made for the children to share their musical experiences in assemblies, festivals, concerts and other celebrations.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The children are encouraged to appreciate the fun and value of exercise through taking part in a wide variety of physical activities, including games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and dance.  We have several sports clubs, annual sports days and sporting events.  The netball and football teams play against other local schools.  Chidren in Year 3 have the opportunity to visit the swimming baths for a course of lessons during the year. Residential visits are run for children in Years 3,4, 5 and 6. The overall aim of our P.E. is to encourage each child to take a pride in the confident, controlled and skilful use of the body in a wide range of challenging activities.

PSHCE

This is not a separate subject but an integral part of our Health Education programme through which children learn to value themselves and others, and develop an understanding of how the body works.  We have a policy statement summarising the teaching of sex education drawn up by a group of teachers, parents and governors. Parents are consulted upon their wishes for their child to attend such lessons.

 

To find out more information about the National Curriculum, please click on the following link:

2014 National Curriculum