Curriculum Ethos Statement
We believe that all children have an entitlement to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum. The staff at Keep Hatch work very hard to make lessons enjoyable and exciting for the children to fully engage them in their education. Our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge, and lessons are alive with challenge and involvement for all.
We believe that all staff have a responsibility, collectively and individually, to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and to meet the needs of all pupils.
We believe that it is important to promote activities that will allow the learner to solve problems, explore concepts and to develop language as a means of learning and as a tool for thinking.
We believe that children learn best when they:
- are happy
- are interested and motivated
- achieve success and gain approval
- are given tasks which match their ability
- clearly understand the task
- are confident, feel secure and are aware of boundaries
- are challenged and stimulated
The key to success for all children to learn is ensuring they have the strongest foundations required to enable them to build their knowledge and understanding and upon basic skills. For example, in Maths, children are taught and are expected to learn number bonds and times tables as well as calculation methods for the four rules of number.
Phonics is taught in Key Stage 1 following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Children who do not pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test are required to re-sit this in Year 2. A catch-up programme is then implemented for children who require additional phonics support as they enter Year 3. Key Stage 2 children are taught spelling rules and patterns as part of their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) lessons. The school follows the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ and ‘Collins Big Cat’ reading schemes which provide the children with a range of literature to support their development of reading.
We aim for all children as they leave Year 6 to be highly numerate and literate, with a passion for learning and a love of reading.
ICT is integral to our curriculum and is integrated into a range of curriculum areas. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard which allows lessons to be visually stimulating and provide excellent opportunities to bring learning to life. In addition, the school has a computer suite of 30 computers and class sets of laptops that can be used in classrooms.
The Arts are what let children express themselves, and it doesn’t take a moment in any classroom or production to see that that there are fewer things that pupils love to get involved with than music, art or drama. Keep Hatch is committed to nurturing and developing this enthusiasm across the Arts in all year groups. Part of this commitment is the provision of resources and opportunities to ensure that pupils are given the best possible opportunity to flourish in the Arts.
We pride ourselves on the range of performances throughout the year including a number of Christmas performances and the annual Year 6 performance which year on year receives spectacular feedback. We believe participation in these events builds self-esteem and confidence which supports children in all areas of their learning and development.
We are extremely fortunate that so many staff value the contribution made by other activities beyond the classroom including a wide range of sports. Our many sports clubs include football, multi sports, cross country, gymnastics and basketball. Our committed sports leaders are passionate about children’s physical development and dedicate their time to ensure children are able to participate in competitions outside of the school.
Throughout the school year, the children are provided with a range of educational experiences to support our school curriculum to include visits to museums and other places of interest, as well as welcoming visitors into the school to further enrich the children’s curriculum and enhance their understanding.
To find out more information about our curriculum, please see the curriculum overview for the whole year or, if you wish to receive any further information, please feel free to come in to the main school office to book an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher.
Curriculum Vision Statement
The school’s core vision ‘Aspire – Believe – Achieve’ – underpins our curriculum and we offer an education rich in knowledge, culture and vocabulary, rooted in the best that has been thought and said so far. Our curriculum intent is for all our pupils to have ambition, self-belief, with high aspirations and to be motivated by their learning.
Our school ethos places the highest importance on recognising the development of the whole child and our strong pastoral care underpins this belief supporting our children to flourish. Our curriculum prepares children for the next stage of their education and to have the knowledge, skills and values to be able to engage with our changing world.
Through a range of contexts and approaches, including working collaboratively and providing opportunities for exploration, children are inspired to be creative, imaginative, reflective and independent. We want the children to experience awe and wonder, to have a desire to want to know more and to question the world around them. These approaches enable children to feel safe to try new things thus building confidence and resilience.
In line with our school vision, we have identified the key skills that we wish all our children to acquire through their learning of knowledge within all areas of our curriculum:
- Speak clearly and convey ideas confidently
- Read and to communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively
- Calculate efficiently and to apply skills to solve problems
- Use new technologies confidently and purposeful
- Organise themselves showing personal responsibility and initiative
Active learning skills:
- Seek out and enjoy challenges
- Collaborate with others
- Show commitment and perseverance
- Assess themselves and others
Creative thinking skills:
- Ask questions and extend thinking
- Generate ideas and explore possibilities
- Overcome barriers by trying out alternatives and adapting or developing ideas
- Connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways
Reflective Learning skills:
- Assess themselves and others by identifying opportunities and achievements
- Invite feedback and deal positively with praise and suggestions for improvement
- Show empathy to other people and situations