Hyde Church of England Primary School

Curriculum

Organisation

Our school is divided into three classes:

Class One – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Class Two – Year 3 and Year 4

Class Three – Year 5 and Year 6

Reception

Within Class One there are two different curriculums to reflect the different stages of development of the children in the class.  Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and are working towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their reception year.  There are seven areas of learning that are covered through a mixture of adult and child led activities:  Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  Children are continually assessed to see what they know and can do on their own in order to provide a range of activities to enable them to progress to the next level of their development.  Children in Reception will learn on their own, in groups, as a self-contained group of Reception children and as part of the larger class and school community throughout their time in the Reception year.  Where appropriate, their learning links to the wider topics covered in Class One, although the focus is on following the interests of the children.

Key Stage One and Two

Children in Key Stage One (Year One and Year Two) and Key Stage Two (Years 3 -6) are taught the National Curriculum subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Art, Technology, Music and PE) as well as covering the Hampshire syllabus for Religious Education and non-curriculum subjects such as Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.  The children are taught using a cross curricular approach that makes meaningful links between different areas of the curriculum and is designed to be engaging and interesting.  We aim to provide a breadth of experiences so that children can apply their skills in different contexts and become really secure in using their current knowledge to develop their future learning.  Children are given the opportunity to follow their own lines of enquiry within the topics covered and work on their own, in small groups and as part of the wider class and school community.  There is also an emphasis on learning outside the classroom and using the rich environment in which the school is based as a stimulus and resource. 

Enrichment

We aim to enrich our children’s experiences by providing them with a range of opportunities including educational visits linked to the topics of study and visitors connected to what is being studied.  These aspects of school life form an important part of the curriculum, helping to broaden children’s minds whilst adding extra interest and information to everyday work.

We greatly value independence, co-operation and teamwork and to this end we organise annual residential visits from the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Pupils in Years 3 and 4 take part in a three-day visit with a scientific, technological or historical focus.  The older children in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in a five-day adventurous activities or field studies trip.  We encourage all children to take part in these visits.

Dance, drama, music and art are key components of human culture, heritage and creativity.  We believe the Arts provide children with special opportunities to explore feelings, increase their knowledge, develop skills and appreciate and value the work of others.  To this end the children experience a wide range of activities during their time with us, including visits to art galleries, an annual visit to the theatre, music, art and drama workshops and talks from authors and illustrators.  There are also opportunities for children across the school to participate in our church services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter and for children in Key Stage Two to be part of our annual show in the summer term.

We are also involved in a range of sporting activities, including cross country events, football tournaments and multi-skills events.  These opportunities give children the chance to work as a team and develop their learning behaviours in a different context, as well as encouraging the children to try a range of different physical activities.

Religious Education

Our school has a Church of England foundation and ethos, which permeates school life.  Through RE we seek to promote the religious, spiritual, moral and cultural development of our children.  Our aim is to enable them to reflect upon and respond to religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, insights and experiences.  We teach the values of Christianity within a wide appreciation of world religions thus encouraging the tolerance and understanding that is an important part of our multi-cultural society.  We follow the Hampshire County Council Agreed Syllabus for RE.

In line with the Education Reform Act and the Church of England Voluntary Controlled status of our school, collective worship of a broadly Christian character is held daily.  The Headteacher and Vicar lead weekly assemblies.  Other assemblies are taken by school staff and occasional visitors.  Our close links with Holy Ascension Church are strengthened further with celebrations of the major Christian festivals being held there.

In line with the Education Reform Act 1988, parents have the right to withdraw their children from both Religious Education and Collective Worship.  Any parent wishing to do so should contact the Headteacher.  However, it is our hope that by choosing to send their children to this Church school, parents will be happy to allow their children to participate.

 

Hyde Fordingbridge
SP6 2QL
Tel: 01425 653350

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