The Primary School Curriculum
The first year of school is called Reception where children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The next two years (Years 1 and 2) are called Key Stage One (KS1). The following four years of schooling (Years 3 to 6) being called Key Stage Two. Years 3 and 4 are Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) and Years 5 and 6 are Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2). The school follows the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum as published to date for all areas of the primary school curriculum.
Children are taught in a variety of ways: individually, in small groups, or as a whole class, whichever is most appropriate to enable effective use of teacher expertise and also provide focused teaching for key areas of the curriculum. All work is carefully planned and pupils individually monitored so that each child makes progress and we are able to bring out the best in each child no matter what their age or ability.
At Hinstock we strive for an engaging curriculum which allows children to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. We have a developing Forest School and offer a yearly residential activity week to Year 5/6 as well as a two day on-site 'Base Camp' experience for Years 3/4 which allow our children to have meaningful and exciting learning opportunities beyond the National Curriculum, experiences which stretch their resilience, resourcefulness and problem solving skills and prepare them to face the wide range of challenges they will face in the future. Remembering 'Tomorrow's Success Begins Today'.
Ensuring Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Hinstock School actively promotes fundamental British values, primarily through our daily collective worship and throughout our curriculum by establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom.Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The school’s ethos and teaching supports the rule of English civil and criminal law. We strive to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Early Years Foundation Curriculum
The Foundation Curriculum is centred on six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical and Creative Development. There are specific goals for the children to achieve and much emphasis is placed on speaking and listening and on role-play. The curriculum is planned through themes designed to stimulate and engage. Ladybirds Class work closely with Nursery in order to provide child-initiated learning opportunities where observations can be made so that development is monitored against early learning goals.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum applies to all children from the beginning of Year 1. It sets out programmes of study for all subjects. Religious Education is taught following the locally agreed syllabus. The National Curriculum provides the framework for ensuring continuity and progression across the school. These subjects are often topic based. Your child will be taught English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Personal, Social Health and Education (PSHE), PE (Dance, Games and Gymnastics), Religious Education, Art, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (Years 3 to 6) and Music.
Each curriculum area has a policy which outlines the way we implement the subject in our school. There will also be an accompanying scheme of work which outlines the precise content to be taught throughout each year in school. We have a two-year rolling programme for subjects giving breadth, progression, relevance, knowledge and skills appropriate to each age group. Each member of our teaching staff is responsible for organising and overseeing the work of a particular subject area. Our yearly plans can be accessed through the links on the right hand side of the page, although we are always adapting and developing our themes in order to engage and challenge our pupils, so please also read the class pages to check out the exciting themes being covered each term.
The National Curriculum in more detail
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Hinstock School follows the National Curriculum for English and aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Hinstock School follows the National Curriculum for mathematics and therefore aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The programmes of study are organised in a distinct sequence and structured into separate domains. Pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Hinstock School follows the National Curriculum for science and aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Topics and programmes of study can be seen in our long term curriculum plans.
Hinstock School follows the National Curriculum for computing and therefore aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation and communication
- can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
A lot of this work is done through cross-curricular topics and the school has a bank of computers in every classroom as well as a set of laptops and iPads for use throughout the school. Each class has one allocated iPad and we are looking to improve our resources and WiFi connections in the near future as well as invest in more laptops and iPads to support the curriculum.
All the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music and Modern Foreign Languages are covered in line with the new National Curriculum and within our topics each term. Some themes will be Literacy-led others may have a scientific or historical theme however at all times the teachers aim to promote thinking skills and independence as well as enjoyment throughout their learning.
Religious Education at the school is in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus of Shropshire, reflecting the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principle religions represented. The school day includes an Act of Worship, either as a whole school or between classes, as required by the Education Act.
Parents wishing to withdraw their children from Religious Education and the Collective Act of Worship should consult the Head Teacher and alternative arrangements will be made.
Sport and Swimming
The school makes use of both our indoor and outdoor facilities to deliver the Physical Education programme. We are fortunate to have a fully equipped hall, the playground and sports field.
Opportunities are offered for inclusion in competitive sporting events each year with a cluster of North Shropshire schools, these competitions lead to further county games which we have taken an active part in over the last two years, representing North Shropshire in cycling, orienteering, archery and tri-golf. Last year our KS1 gymnasts won the cluster gymnastics competition and we always do well in the inter-school cross country competitions. During the summer term Key Stage 2 children make use of the swimming pool in Market Drayton.
In addition to the National Curriculum a number of extra sporting and physical activities are offered, depending on the expertise of the staff, and the interests of the children and parents. Ongoing and more recent after school clubs include football, tag rugby, netball, new age kurling, archery and benchball – with both girls and boys taking part.
The Sports grant is being used to improve access to competitive sports, provide training for staff and buy sports equipment to encourage greater variation of activities and increase inclusion. For some of this Hinstock has joined with the local primary schools and Grove School to provide more inter-school events. Hinstock has recently been awarded 'Gold' in the School Games Quality Mark.
Personal, Social, Health, Relationship and Sex Education
Sex Education takes place as part of the PSHE and Science Curriculum across both key stages at an appropriate level. We feel that where questions of a sexual nature arise these should be answered in an open and relaxed manner. We follow the Shropshire Council's 'Respect Yourself: Eat, Better, Move More Relationship and Sex Education' programme. The programme is an excellent, innovative resource which ensures Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Relationship and Sex Education are addressed as part of an integrated approach to develop pupils' body awareness, body image, self-esteem and a healthy approach to activity and eating.
Art and Music
We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, through a range of cultural experiences and opportunities including visits to art galleries, concerts, theatres and collaborative opportunities for participation with other schools and organisations in arts and music. Year 3/4 have weekly recorder lessons and Year 5/6 weekly ukulele lessons. We regularly invite musicians and performers into school and we offer private guitar tuition and are hoping to provide opportunities for other instruments to be taught. Performance skills are taught and developed and both KS1 and KS2 pupils put on performances for the community at Christmas and presentations to parents at regular intervals over the year. Pupils are encouraged to study the work of a range of artists, and to work in a variety of media and some of the amazing art on display in school is down to our yearly Arts day which encourages experimentation with different media and techniques.
Squirrels Year 2 and Year 3 Long Term Plan 2016
Curriculum Coverage by Year Group: Click on links below:
Curriculum Policies and Coverage:
(Some policies are in the process of being updated, all those listed have been agreed and are in line with the National Curriculum 2014)